We started searching for no carve pumpkin decorating ideas when our kids were very young, but even now that they are older they love finding fun new ways to decorate pumpkins. Anything colorful or silly is sure to be a hit with your kids! While all of these ideas work on real pumpkins, sometimes we like to use craft pumpkins so our creations will last a little longer. There are so many creative ways to DIY your pumpkins that you can do weekly pumpkin crafts with your kids until Halloween! The most important thing is to have fun!
Our kids have a slight obsession with emoji’s right now so it was only fitting that we created emoji pumpkins. First paint your pumpkins yellow with craft paint or spray paint in stages, letting it dry before you to turn them over. Cover the stem with painter’s tape if you do not not want it to to be yellow. While the pumpkins dry, cut out your emoji faces out of construction paper and attach the pieces with glue dots. We made most of our faces with circle punches and heart punches. There are so many possibilities with emoji pumpkins and they are sure to make you smile!
Splatter Paint Pumpkins
We love splatter paint! Splatter painting pumpkins is super easy and really fun for kids. Splatter paint shows up best on white pumpkins, but use any color of pumpkins and paints that you like. Use a medium size, fluffy paint brush and cover it heavily in paint. Next hit the paint brush over your pointer finger and let the paint splatter all over the pumpkins without touching the brush to the pumpkin. With a clean brush, switch colors and repeat the process. Once you have made it through all the colors, let the paint dry. Once the paint is dry, flip the pumpkins over and splatter paint on the other side.
We love decoupaging pumpkins because it is so simple and the possibilities for color and design are endless! It also lasts a very long time…in fact we have decoupage pumpkins from last year that we’ve brought out again. Start with a faux pumpkin, some Mod Podge and a brush. Have your kids cut out fun shapes from colored paper using scissors or hole punches, hold the shapes on the pumpkin and paint a thick layer of Mod Podge over the paper and pumpkin. Once the pumpkin is dry, paint a second coat on the pumpkin, let it dry again and you’re finished.
Pumpkin Decorating Kits
There are so many cute pumpkin decorating kits out there that make the whole process so much easier. We made the Flamingo Pumpkin, a Pineapple Pumpkin, and the Spikey Pumpkins from Target. We also loved the Dinosaur, the BB8 Pumpkin and the Darth Vader Pumpkin. Most of these kits come with paint, but we found it easier to spray paint the pumpkin before we decorated it.
Hallman + Ashley