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8 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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8 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

By Linda Merrill, Networx

As autumn sets in, the nights are cooler and the days are shorter, and pumpkins are waiting in the pumpkin patch. Our fall tradition of decorating our homes with the autumnal colors of orange, yellow and brown is in full swing. Pumpkin carving is a time-honored tradition, but itís time consuming, takes a certain bit of skill, and itís only a matter of time before the pumpkin begins to rot. Beyond the knife, there are many ways of dressing up the pumpkin to celebrate the season. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Sharpie: If you love the classic Jack-o’-lantern look without the bother of the carving process, simply draw in the eyes, nose and teeth in your favorite scary expression. The pumpkin will last all season. Plus, youíve created your roadmap should you wish to carve it out for Halloween.
  • Paint: A little bit of craft paint and some imagination will transform any size pumpkin into a work of art. Because the pumpkin shape is as iconic as its color, there are no worries about obscuring the theme by painting it in any style you wish. Stripes, colorful zig-zags like a Missoni pattern, and blue and white porcelain patterns are just some of the ideas seen online. How about painting the pumpkins in metallic paints for a rich look, or in a chalk paint for home-spun appeal? With paint, you can do silly faces, basic polka-dots or easy-to-paint ants and spiders crawling all over the place – it would certainly get attention!
  • Flowers: Decorate a party table with flower-covered pumpkins rather than a standard centerpiece. Simply hot glue chrysanthemum flower heads all over the pumpkin. If you prefer, you can use a long pin to secure the flower to the pumpkin.


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12:44PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012


9:21AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

thanks. needs pictures though

12:36AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Nice ideas! Thank you!

10:21AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Pumpkins are fun...young and old alike enjoy this time of year......

8:06PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012


2:48AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thanks for information!

1:39AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

9:32PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

I also love pumpkins just as they are, unadorned in all their autumn glory....

8:01PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

i apparently have no imagination when it comes to this kind of thing b/c i can't visualize any of these ideas! it would be really nice to have illustrations also....

12:18PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

I think Halloween might be considered a big holiday because though most holidays center more on children, this one allows adults to be "kids" again too! Doesn't matter if you're getting treats or giving them out, in a festive mood, the result is sheer fun and joy! In this hotbed of political climate these days, surely a romp through some sheer fun and joy might be just the remedy for the times! At least it sure is to me! I mean if President Obama and Mr. Romney both came to my door, they'd BOTH get a treat and a sincere "Happy Halloween!" greeting! Even though both won't get my vote - just one!

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