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7 creative pumpkin decorating crafts

Forget carving, these pumpkin decorating ideas are kid-friendly, easy, and spookily stunning. Check out our seven favourite pumpkin decorating crafts here.

By Hannah Terry-Whyte

7 creative pumpkin decorating crafts

7 no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas

No-carve pumpkin craft ideas

Pumpkin carving is so last year, wouldn’t you say? Try one of these creative no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas for Halloween with your kids instead.

You’ll brighten up your home and hearts alike with these alternative crafts. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about the dangers of sharp pumpkin-carving knives near little hands.

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: iStockphoto

Felt face pumpkins

Look at this friendly crew of felt face pumpkins! Use pre-made templates for the felt pieces or design your own, and then all you need to do is stick the pieces onto your pumpkins. Better yet, you can reuse the craft next year, too.

Get the craft here: A Small Snippet

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: A Small Snippet

Crayon pumpkins

Mom and Dad might need to help with this pumpkin decorating idea, as it involves melting crayons of all colours over your pumpkin. The effort (and supervision) is definitely worth it.

(Psst... if you're nervous about using a kitchen or gas lighter to melt your crayons, try using the hot air from a hairdryer to melt them instead.)

Get the craft here: The Swede Records

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: The Swede Records

Pumpkin mummy

If your kids prefer their pumpkins to keep to the scary theme of carved Jack-o'-Lanterns, then this mummified pumpkin is perfect. It's really easy to make, and somehow both spooky and cute at the same time...

Get the craft here: Better Homes and Gardens

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: Better Homes and Gardens

Jeweled pumpkins

There are two easy ways to create these jeweled pumpkins worthy of carrying Cinderella to the ball: either buy jewels (the kind used for scrapbooking) from a craft store and stick them on, or use a combination of glitter sprinkled over wet glue to create your own designs.

Get the craft here: Glorious Treats

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: Glorious Treats

Pumpkin spider

This no-carve alternative to your Halloween pumpkin is more than just a decoration, it's a pumpkin art statue! This pumpkin spider is guaranteed to make everyone look twice — and probably jump in fright, too.

The more we look at it, the spookier it seems. Aaaah!

Get the craft here: Budget Wise Home

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: Budget Wise Home

Painted pumpkins

This no-carve Halloween pumpkin idea is so easy and kid-friendly that we're surprised everyone isn't doing it already! Simply paint an entire pumpkin with white paint, let it dry, and then paint on creepy crawlies using black paint.

Alternatively, get your kids to pick their own paint colours and designs instead. Rainbow pumpkins, anyone?

Get the craft here: Country Living

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: Country Living

Butterfly pumpkin

We dare anyone to resist saying "aw!" upon seeing — or making — this butterfly pumpkin craft. Pick up a few mini pumpkins on your next trip to the store (or pumpkin patch), then turn them into butterflies with scrap paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.

Get the craft here: Spoonful

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: Amy Locurto

More Halloween crafts

11 Halloween crafts for kids> Don't stop at the pumpkin! Here are 11 more Halloween crafts for your family to make.

7 creative pumpkin decorating craftsPhoto: Domestic Charm

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