25 Easy, No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

25 Easy, No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

Dabney Frake
Oct 2, 2014
(Image credit: Cosmopolitan)

There is only so much you can do with grimacing orange jack-o-lanterns. Instead, check out these 25 no-carve pumpkin ideas that are endlessly creative and varied, yet still suit the holiday. Even better: they are easy to pull off, and don't require the motor skills of a top chef.

Above, a black matte pumpkin (seen on Cosmopolitan) is covered in glitter, and is darkly glamorous for the holiday.

1. On trend with metallics and copper, from Suburban Reno.
2. When you are stuck for time, and there are only office supplies on hand, take a cue from A Subtle Revelry.
3. You can channel Lily with preppy Pulitzer pumpkins from Popcosmo.
4. Lovely Indeed channeled string art for this version.
5. Look closer and you’ll realize this image is actually string art as well. From Dream a Little Bigger.

6. Put those thrift store doilies to good use, from Allyson Baker Design.
7. Cross stitch is an easy way to create a pattern. From Elsie Marley.
8. There’s always duct tape, according to Creating Really Awesome Free Things.
9. Better Homes & Gardens suggests stamping as an alternative to carving.
10. Another use for all that Halloween candy you’ll have to buy! From All You.

11. Putting a creepy skeleton mask on a pumpkin is quick and easy (and creepy in this case). From Five Birds on Parade.
12. The DIY Network used both chalkboard paint and silver leaf, because they are fancy.
13. I’m still not over Grumpy Cat, and neither is this pumpkin from Zig Zag Mags.
14. Appropriately bloody little pumpkins from Curbly.
15. Beautifully hand-drawn sugar skulls from Brit & Co.

16. Good lord, these animal-themed versions from Country Living are too cute.
17. As is this vampire pumpkin from All You.
18. Paper N Stitch upped the ick factor with this cat eye pumpkin.
19. Pay tribute to someone you love, with a silhouette project like the one from OMF Style.
20. Duct tape to the rescue (again)! From Better Homes & Gardens.

21. Aunt Peaches tried her hand at marbleizing, with really beautiful results.
22. If you are feeling artsy, trying your hand at painting. These were done by Taylor Joelle’s mom.
23. Although messy, these drippy pumpkins from The Imagination Tree are pretty neat.
24. Chica and Jo have some serious Sharpie style going on.
25. Danielle made a super glamorous guy in brass and black.
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