There are so many reasons to love fall, but one of our favorite seasonal activities is decorating pumpkins! Carving pumpkins can take a lot of time and effort, not to mention the messy pumpkin guts you have to pick up afterward. This year, go for an easy no-carve pumpkin design that will last longer and won’t turn to mush. Alternative pumpkins are all the rage this season with glitter, spray paint, studs, and stickers.
Check out these 15 pumpkin decorating ideas that will leave you with a trendy fall feature for your home!
1. Wire Twig Garlands
For those of you who like to keep it simple, all you need for a perfect pumpkin is a fall garland. This requires no paint (meaning no mess) and you can bend and twist the wire twigs to your liking!
2. Studs and Stripes
Something we’ve been seeing everywhere is embellishing real pumpkins with studs. Using rounded studs found at your local craft store you can easily push them into your pumpkin to create a pattern. We love the chic mix and match of studded and painted stripe designs!
3. Pushpin Pumpkin
For a more colorful design than studs, use pushpins and your imagination to create your own unique pattern.
4. Wrapped With Lace
Keep it classy with your pumpkins by incorporating lace or fabric around the outside. These miniature gold laced pumpkins would be great for a shelf or end table decoration.
5. Polka Dot Daisies
For a different kind of decoration, pop a few artificial flower heads (like these plastic daisies) on the outside of a pumpkin.
6. Playful Patterns
Chevron, plaid, argyle or any other pattern you prefer can be painted onto a pumpkin with the help of a few tools like painter’s tape, paint brushes and your choice of paint colors.
7. Lucky Number
Decorating with digits like your favorite number, a sports jersey number or even your home address is a fun and easy way to personalize your pumpkin.
8. Freehand Faces
Instead of carving out a funny face, try painting one on your pumpkin.
9. Seasonal Stickers
Get crafty with your pumpkin by peeling and sticking on stickers to spell out sentences, without having to worry about what your handwriting looks like!
10. Gold Glitter
If you’re just as obsessed with glitter and gold like we are, these mini glittered pumpkins are the right design for you!
11. Painted Pumpkin
Add a spooky character to your pumpkin by either using a stencil or hand painting it on.
12. Decoupage Leaves
To go along with your autumn decor, use mod podge to paste real or paper leaves onto your pumpkin
13. Faux Designs
For all your faux pumpkins, blend patterns and colors by dipping, color-blocking or mod podging different designs. The great thing about decorating with faux pumpkins is you can reuse them next year!
14. Matte Black
These black and gold painted pumpkins put us in the Halloween spirit! Use matte black paint to create a smooth, haunting look.
15. Glitzy Floral
Get girly with your pumpkins by combining two of our favorites: floral and glitter.
Have a favorite pumpkin decorating idea or special tips on no-carve pumpkin crafts? We’d love to hear your thoughts in our comments below!
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