5 No-Carve Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

Pumpkin wrapped with ribbonsJenn Huls / Shutterstock

Halloween is incomplete without the jack-o'-lantern required on your porch. Cutting a hard-boiled gourd can be a frustrating business, especially in young children. So, leave the knife behind and discover these five uncut ways to decorate a pumpkin.

Sharp objects and little children do not go together. Honestly, sharp objects and some adults do not go together. A carved pumpkin is traditional, but it's not always the smartest or even the sweetest way to decorate your porch on Halloween.

Many non-traditional ways to decorate a pumpkin, we reduced it to our five favorite. So, whether you were celebrating with children this year or you did not want the mess of carving a gourd, we prepared you with these simple, un-carved ways to decorate a pumpkin.

Paint your pumpkin

Marbled pumpkinsLori, PopofGold.com

Painting a pumpkin is an obvious choice. Basic craft painting transforms the hard shell of a pumpkin into a canvas. And with the wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors of pumpkins, you will not have to settle for an orange or oblong canvas.

Try a creative technique of nail polish to paint pumpkins painted effortlessly and creatively: spin a few drops of your favorite nail polish in water. Then pour your pumpkin into the water, picking up the colored polish. The effect is elegant, dark and scary, perfect for a haunted house or a spooky night.

For more detailed instructions on the technique of nail polish painting, consult PopofGold.com.

Use a DIY kit

The easiest way to avoid carving pumpkins is to use a DIY kit. The kits are sold in all major department stores at this time of year, or you can use Amazon to find a favorite. If you are decorating with children, we recommend buying some extra kits. They tend to be cheap, and having some extra lavish pink pompoms or giant eyes, means fewer rare treasures on which to fight.

Make sure to do this one inside. The kits tend to have a lot of light sticky parts that are just as likely to be washed away by the breeze as to be stuck on your pumpkin.

Put your cute office supplies to use

drawings of pumpkin bug on teal and white pumpkinsBruce Cole / DIY Network

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