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Pumpkin carving is always a favorite activity of mine, but I also like to decorate pumpkins in a way that lasts beyond Halloween. Plus, I have a very stubborn toddler who wants to do everything himself right now, and that would include holding a knife, so carving is out for us this year. Instead, we’ll be painting and decorating pumpkins in other ways. I’ve rounded up my favorite no-carve pumpkin ideas.

Typography Pumpkins

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Grab some stencils and some paint and create some pumpkins with great typography – paint on some sayings or put your address numbers on display. Either way, these typographic pumpkins from Man Made DIY are perfect for font and type lovers. 

Gilded and Glittered Pumpkins

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Love sparkle? These gilded, bedazzled, and sequined pumpkins from Style Within Reach are perfect for you. A little girly, a little gaudy, and a lot of fabulous.

Succulent Pumpkins

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Combine two great things, succulents and pumpkins, to make a super creative message. BOO? or Yay? These succulent pumpkins from The House That Lars Built would be great both indoors and out.

Calligraphy Pumpkins

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While these aren’t technically carved, they do take a little digging into the pumpkin to create. But boy are they gorgeous! As a calligraphy lover with the worst handwriting ever, I am in love with these calligraphy pumpkins spotted on (where else!?) Style Me Pretty.

Decoupage Pumpkins

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Although these look like more work than my child has the attention span for, these decoupage pumpkins from Sugar and Charm are a great way to decorate with the kiddos. Plus, they are so stinking cute.

Doily Pumpkins

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My fellow vintage-lovers will appreciate this doily pumpkin from Allyson Baker Design. Plus, with all those doilies I know you have in your collection, you already have the materials you need. And it doesn’t get much prettier…

3D Batty Pumpkin

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Another fun one to do with the kiddos, these bat pumpkins from Spoonful are Halloween festive, fun, and fairly easy to do.

Ombré Pumpkin

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For the trendy decorators, you can take your love of ombré into fall by making some ombré (bonus points for the neon) pumpkins. Love this idea from Funkytime.

Graphic Painted Pumpkins
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Patterns, webs, and spiders, oh my! All you need are some white pumpkins, black paint, and either stencils to trace or a good free hand paint job to create these graphic painted pumpkins from Country Living.

Push Pin Pumpkin

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It doesn’t get any easier, or cuter, than these push pin pumpkins from A Subtle Revelry. Just find some colorful push pins (metallic ones would work great too!) and go crazy sticking them into your pumpkin.

Chalkboard Pumpkins

10 Best No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas | Oh Lovely Day

Last, but certainly not least, chalkboard pumpkins are a fun and easy way to decorate, write messages, or draw faces, on your pumpkins. These from Rachel Ray Magazine are really cute grouped together as trick-or-treat signage, don’t you think?

For my favorite idea of all, follow me on instagram where I’ll be sharing how I’m decorating my pumpkin this year. What’s your favorite no-carve way to decorate pumpkins?

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