Toddlers and sharp objects don’t always mix well. Try out these 31 no carve pumpkin decorating ideas that kids (and kids at heart) will love!
No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
Why you should try no-carve pumpkin decorating this year
No-carve pumpkin decorating is a great way to get your family together and have fun making the holidays. It’s perfect for people who don’t want their kids playing with sharp objects or may just lack the creativity with carving tools.
This idea is not new, but it has been picking up steam in recent years with the popularity of Pinterest and Instagram. People are posting finished pumpkins, which makes this type of decoration more accessible than ever before.
The term “no-carve” might be slightly misleading because you may still need some carving tools on hand, but the designs are typically made from cutting shapes out of a pre-made pattern or stencil instead of drawing them freehand with a knife. This allows for more intricate designs that would not be possible otherwise.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice in the world of Halloween carving, you might be interested to learn about how you can get creative with pumpkins without using knives, blades, or power tools, especially when you’ve got little kids. There are so many cool ideas for this year’s pumpkin carving, but here are some of our favorites!
31 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids (and Grownups!)
DIY Mermaid Pumpkin
It's not a long way from a pumpkin that sits on your porch to a mermaid pumpkin that will be the envy of all your little one's friends. It's surprisingly easy to make this magical transformation.
R2-D2 and C-3PO Star Wars Pumpkins
BEEP BOOP! These so cute Star Wars pumpkins come with templates so you're not having to create R2-D2 from scratch which is super helpful!
Cauldron Pumpkin Candy Holder
This pumpkin is not just for decoration! Fill it with your favorite candy, then fill it to the brim with candy for the neighborhood. This pumpkin is perfect for Halloween and would make a great addition to any front porch!
Buzz and Woody Toy Story Pumpkins
I love the idea of these cactus pumpkins because if you have pumpkins of different sizes, from mini to big ones, you can make a cute little cactus garden!
» DIY No-Carve Popcorn Pumpkin
Movie night anyone? This popcorn pumpkin is PRECIOUS and would be a great addition to a Halloween themed movie night!
Star Wars Porg Pumpkin
No shortage of DIY Star Wars pumpkin decorating ideas! Add this one to your list of things and just create an entire Star Wars vignette on your front porch.
DIY Pete's Dragon Pumpkin
If you're a lover of the original movie from the 70s or your kids love the remake, these are SUPER cute versions of the dragons from Pete's Dragon.
No Carve Spider Pumpkin
If you have kids who are learning about nature like mine are, they'll love the fact that this one is realistic with it's million eyes and 8 legs. And for the younger ones who don't know anything about that, make this a fun learning game with counting and art mixed together!
Baby Yoda Pumpkin
No secret that we love Star Wars around here, and The Child is no exception. This is a really cute take on America's new favorite baby.
Magical Unicorn Pumpkin
From pumpkin to magical flower crowned unicorn pumpkin in under 15 minutes. This would pair perfectly with a super cute kid's unicorn costume!
Poison Apple Pumpkin
A great idea for the Disney lover, this poison apple pumpkin from Snow White is the perfect mixture of spooky and cute which equals fun for your little ones.
DIY Football Pumpkins
TOUCHDOWN! One of the best parts of the fall is football season, so why not mix the 2 together with this DIY no carve painted pumpkin football!
Cute Animal Pumpkin Masks
Create a whole forest of your own with these super cute animal painted pumpkins!
No-Carve My Little Pony Pumpkin
Even if you aren't artistic, you can make this no carve pumpkin craft! You can get the free printable face template so you don't have to worry about painting this on perfectly.
DIY Pineapple Pumpkin
A pineapple in sunglasses? More like 'FINEapple', am I right? This is a great DIY project to keep the summer alive even in the fall!
Toy Story 4 Forky Pumpkin
Aw, sweet lil' trash pumpkin. This is a great option if you've got white pumpkins, but even if you don't, you can paint it and finish this super easy DIY pumpkin.
I think we will be trying our hand at some of these this year! These no carve pumpkin decorating ideas are great because if you have smaller kids, they can help you, but if you have tweens or teens, you can turn it into a contest of sorts and have them play with their older siblings or neighbors.