Looking for no-carve pumpkin ideas for kids? This is a collection of the best pumpkin decorating solutions that involve no carving tools.
What can I use to decorate a pumpkin without carving? you ask.
Paint, tape, leaves, crayons, googly eyes or tissue paper can successfully replace the carving knife.
And this is great particularly if you spend Halloween with young kids (toddlers, preschoolers or kindergartners) and their little hands are eager to help you.
Carving pumpkins has never been my thing. Even if it were I would have to put the carving tools away for a few years. Decorating the house for Halloween is an activity that we enjoy as a family and having my little ones around sharp carving knives and saws would make me nervous.
Instead we chose to paint our pumpkins. It’s a kid-friendly and fun for everyone activity that gets the entire family in the Halloween spirit.
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Although I love this painted pumpkin tradition that I started a few years back, I have to say I was curious to see how many other ways to decorate pumpkins with young kids are out there. Guess what? I came across tons of creative ideas. So many in fact that it got me eager to try something new this fall. (I’ll still paint one pumpkin, though)
You may not turn your pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern this year, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have a few around the house. Here you can find a nice collection of 43 Jack’O’Lantern crafts.
Also check out some of my favorite Halloween crafts for kids: (click on the photos to see the tutorials)
No-carve pumpkin ideas for kids
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3. Sometimes a Sharpie is all you need to decorate pumpkins. You can use small white real or plastic pumpkins or, if you can’t find white ones, go with orange pumpkins and make sure to paint them white first. Then use your imagination to turn them into cute, spooky or funny sharpie pumpkins.
6. Do you have any magazines lying around? Look for eyes, mouth and maybe a nose, cut them out and glue them to create a face pumpkin.
7. Make a mask pumpkin with a mask that you decorate first with pom-poms, feathers and stickers.
8. Dig into your kid’s toy bin for Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and turn your pumpkins into Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin Heads.
11. This candy corn pumpkin will need adult supervision as it requires the use of a hot glue gun.
12. The tissue painted pumpkin is similar to the confetti pumpkin, with the difference that kids glue pieces of torn tissue paper to the pumpkins instead of tissue paper confetti.
13. I love the idea of using natural items to decorate the pumpkins, in this case to make leaf pumpkins..
15. Wrap washi tape all around pumpkins, vertically, horizontally, any direction you want and create beautiful washi tape pumpkins.
16. Have you ever wondered what to do with all your kids’ crayons? They have tons and certainly don’t use them all. Now you can melt them to decorate pumpkins. Use a rainbow of crayons or just orange and yellow for a candy corn look. Melted crayon pumpkins are easy and fun.
18. The owl pumpkins are made with felt and pipe cleaners (for feet). I love working with felt and its advantage over construction paper is that , if you keep the pumpkins outside while raining, the felt won’t be torn when wet.
19. Create cheerful polka dot pumpkins with the help of neon round stickers.
20. What a special photo pumpkin! Let your child choose his / her favorite pictures or use family pictures.
21. There are so many ways children can paint a pumpkin. This monogrammed pumpkin is just one of them.
Which of these no-carve pumpkin ideas for kids will you try first?