The Painless Pumpkin: No-Carve Ideas for Festive and Family-Friendly Decorating

The no-carve pumpkin craze seems to get bigger each year. And why not?! No messy pumpkin innards, no sharp tools to worry about with the wee ones, and best of all, no carving means your pumpkin display will last for weeks instead of days.

After countless trips to all the wonderful farms, pumpkin patches, and fall festivals our state has to offer, we are inevitably left with a porch full of pumpkins just begging for a makeover.

So as we have in years past (click here for our 2011 no-carve post and here for our 2012 no-carve post), we’ve tried to offer a little inspiration to our readers with a roundup of some of the best no-carve ideas we’ve found out there in cyberspace.

Check out these glamourous and ghoulish gourds, and you’ll be ready to gussy up your own pumpkin(s) pronto!

NOTE: Wherever possible, I have provided a photo credit and a link back to the original source. I apologize for the few images that seem to be orphans. I don’t know where they came from, but they were too cute not to include :)

1. My, what big eyes you have. Who knew you could get so much mileage out of a package of googly eyes!

1. apopofpretty.com 2. sandandsisal.com 3. momfinds.com

2. Buttons and Bows. I love it when I can use up odds and ends from around the house, like all those ribbon scraps I save from gifts and that giant supply of spare buttons–I never know what piece of clothing they came with anyway :) (BTW-Number 1 is actually styrofoam craft balls covered in crepe paper, but I think you could certainly apply the same concept to a real pumpkin.)

1. womansday.com 2. greenmoxie.com

3. Cute and Creepy Critters. Go chic or cheeky with these playful pumpkin pals.

1. startribune.com 2. bhg.com 3. allthingskatiemarie.blogspot.ca 4. lifeonlakeshoredrive.com 5. bhg.com

4. Shine On. These spiffy sparklers don’t need candles to light up a room.

1. madeinaday.com 2. asubtlerevelry.com 3. bhg.com 4. nestofposies.com

5. Show & Tell. These painted pumpkins have a lot to say. Spell out a whole slew of festive messages (like eek, spooky, creepy, shriek, haunted, etc.) to make a truly spellbinding display.

So that’s our no-carve roundup for 2013. Wether you’re looking for a project to do with the wee ones, or just a quick craft you can complete during nap time, we hope we’ve given you a little bit of decorating inspiration.

And if you’ve got a great pumpkin decorating tip or idea, please let us know by leaving a comment on this post.

Happy decorating!

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