How-to: Crafty No-Carve Pumpkins

The traditional jack-o-lantern is always in style, but seeing as our slogan is “Do Something Creative Every Day”, we can’t help but try new ways of getting festive.

Here are a few of our favorite no-carve pumpkins. Bonus? These executions don’t require cutting or creating a big mess to clean up (which also makes these gorgeous gourds a great craft for family members who may be too little for carving knives!)

Before starting any of these projects, be sure to first print this How-To PDF, and then take a clean, damp cloth to the pumpkin or gourd of your choice to make sure you start with a debris-free canvas.

Idea #1:  Chalkboard Pumpkin


  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Poly Brush
  • White Chalk Ink Marker
  • Instructions

  • Using a poly brush, paint a thin, even coat of chalkboard paint on your pumpkin and allow to dry.  (Please note it is very important to allow paint to dry completely before adding another coat.) 
  • Once first coat is dry, paint a second coat. 
  • Allow to dry. 
  • Use the white chalk ink marker to draw your desired design and admire your crafty work!
  • Idea #2:  Washi Tape Pumpkin


  • Black and White Chevron Washi Tape
  • Black Polka Dots Washi Tape
  • Orange Stripes Washi Tape
  • Instructions

    Apply washi tape to pumpkin in long strips, using the pumpkins natural lines as a guide.  So easy, no mess!

    Idea #3:  Glittered Pumpkin


  • PVA Glue
  • Poly Brush
  • Glitter
  • Instructions

  •  Work over a sheet of paper or paper plate to catch excess glitter. 
  • Using a poly brush, paint a thin, even coat of PVA glue onto a small area of the pumpkin. 
  • Sprinkle with glitter.   Choosing several glitters in a similar hue can create sophistication and depth, while solid glitter colors create party pop! 
  • Continue applying PVA glue and glitter until the entire pumpkin is covered. 
  • Let your pumpkin dry. 
  • Show off your pumpkin’s glittery makeover!
  • You may find that mixing the glitter into the glue (until it looks like a glittery paste) before painting it on is not only a bit faster, but also, the glue encases the glitter within it, reducing the amount of glitter that brushes off after it has dried. 

    A couple of coats of acrylic spray will seal your peculiar pumpkins and make them porch-ready.  We’re willing to bet they’re too pretty for neighborhood ghouls to smash!

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