Easy ‘No Carve’ Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Halloween is approaching, and there’s nothing more fun for kids during this season than decorating pumpkins! I have never been a fan of carving pumpkins because of the mess and the hassle. I’ve always preferred easier methods with less clean up. Here are some of my favorite ideas. If you try one or two out, share a picture of your creation so we can see what you’ve come up with!

Materials you will need:

  • Assorted pumpkins and gourds (cleaned & dried)
  • Colored cardstock or foam
  • Scissors
  • Paints (tempera or acrylic) + paint brushes
  • Hot glue or glue dots
  • Bamboo skewers or toothpicks

Cute Witch Pumpkin1

To make this adorable witch, all you need is some creativity! Simply cut out two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a witch’s hat. You can use colored card stock for the pieces, or foam as I have here. This is a great exercise for kids that like to practice using scissors. An adult will have to help with applying the pieces if you choose to use hot glue. If you don’t have a glue gun, you can also use no-mess scrapbooking ‘glue dots’ which are available in all major craft supply stores. Add some green hair, eyelashes, a ‘wort’ for the nose and rosy cheeks with paint. The stem of the pumpkin makes it the perfect place for a witch hat to rest 🙂


Pumpkin Tower

I love this idea because it’s super easy and very trendy right now. To make a pumpkin tower, all you need is three small pumpkins in varying sizes. Simply pop off the stem of the large and middle sized pumpkin, then stack them like a snowman. Leave the tower as is, or insert toothpicks in the bottom of the small and medium pumpkins for a sturdy fit.


Fairy House

The gourd I’ve chosen for this ‘fairy house’ is the perfect shape for a little home, but you can use any round, ordinary pumpkin as well. Simply have the kids paint a door and windows with black paint. They can use black ‘puff paint’ for a steady line, or a thin tipped paintbrush. Have them add colored polka dots with paint to the roof for a mushroom cap look. Display the fairy house with moss and assorted miniatures to inspire creative play. Fairy gardening is a huge trend right now, and this craft can inspire any child to get excited about imaginary worlds!



Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She loves celebrating all holidays (especially Halloween!) and teaching art to children of all ages.