70+ Painted Pumpkin Ideas for People Who Never Want to Buy Another Carving Kit

Goodbye forever, flimsy little saw.

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Brian Woodcock

Forget the messy process of using a scoop and blade to decorate your gourds. These painted pumpkin ideas are so simple and fun, you may never carve one again. The best part? Because no sharp tools are involved, your kids can help to make any one of these creative ideas.

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painted pumpkins bundt cake
Brian Woodcock
Bundt Cake Pumpkin

Let this "cake" inspire you to make some more baked goods this season! To recreate this pumpkin, start by using to paint a drippy-looking glaze on a Musquee de Provence pumpkin, which naturally mimics the shape of a bundt. Display your delicious-looking creation on a cake stand along with a mini pumpkin prize ribbon.

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painted pumpkins bunny
Brian Woodcock
Bunny Pumpkin

First, download, trace, and cut out our and templates on . Then, trace and cut out the nose “button” on . Hot-glue the nose button on the center of a white pumpkin. Use craft glue to attach twigs from wheat stalks to the back of the gray nose top; glue on top of the pink button, overlapping slightly. Outline the bottom of the nose with , using hot glue to attach. Finally, use the glue gun to attach ears and for eyes.

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painted pumpkins caramel apples
Brian Woodcock
Caramel Apple Pumpkin

Start by removing the stem of a medium pumpkin. Use craft paint to paint the top a Granny Smith-esque . Once dry, use craft paint to paint the bottom a . Hot-glue a 3/4-inch by 12-inch dowel where the stem was. Display in a large, industrial-size .

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painted pumpkins cow
Brian Woodcock
Cow Pumpkin

Start by downloading, tracing, and cutting out our on brown leather. Repeat with our on a . Hot-glue ears, nose, and forehead to the bottom of a pumpkin. Be sure to place the nose just below center. Paint two pumpkin seeds with . Hot-glue the seeds for nostrils, black buttons for eyes, and for horns.

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painted pumpkins ring toss
Brian Woodcock
Ring Toss Squash

Wrap or , around six small butternut squash. Be sure to vary the colors and patterns on each. Line up squash and toss rings around the necks to play.

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painted pumpkins fish
Brian Woodcock
Prized Fish Mini Pumpkins

and trace on the side of a mini pumpkin. Be sure to scale up or down as necessary. Next, chisel out the fish, or, with the color of your choice. Insert a for the eye. Fill a small plastic bag with water and place pumpkin on top. (Now your fish are swimming!) To close, tie the bag with .

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painted pumpkins snow cones
Brian Woodcock
Snow Cone Pumpkins

The secret to making these snow cones look so sweet? ! To start, use to paint stripes as shown on small white pumpkins. Once dry, spray pumpkin with and . Cover a three-inch-high rectangular cardboard box in colorful craft paper. Poke two-inch holes, corresponding to the number of pumpkins you have and spacing evenly, in the top of the box. Place in holes and fill halfway with . (The sand is a must because without it, the pumpkins will crush the cups.) Finish by placing the pumpkins on top.

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painted pumpkins jar
Brian Woodcock
Fall Jar Pumpkin

How cute does this "jar" look? Begin by removing the stem of a medium pumpkin, but be sure to keep it on-hand. Use to spell out “Fall”; hot-glue to pumpkin. (Feel free to spell out any other word or phrase you'd like.) Paint pumpkin and twine with . Let dry completely. Place a nine-to 10-inch upside down on the pumpkin. Hot-glue the reserved stem to the center of the pan.

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painted pumpkins pigs
Brian Woodcock
Mama Pig and Piglet Pumpkins

Start out with white pumpkins. If you can't find white pumpkins, paint any color pumpkin or . Next, download our and trace on . Scale up or down as you need, and then cut out. Cut out inner ear pieces (make sure they are slightly smaller than the felt) from . Then, use craft glue to attach the paper to the felt. Hot-glue the ears and noses to the pumpkins. Paint two pumpkin seeds with . Hot-glue seeds for eyes for mama and small black buttons for mama’s nostrils and piglets’ eyes and nostrils. Twist small in coils and hot-glue one to the back of each pumpkin to create tails.

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gingham painted pumpkins
Kelly in the City
Gingham Painted Pumpkins

Give pumpkins a Southern-inspired spin by painting on a pretty (and seriously easy!) gingham pattern.

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boo string art pumpkin no carve
Lovely Indeed
No-Carve String Art Pumpkin

Instead of carving your pumpkin, design string and nail art that spells out an especially spooky message: Boo!

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copper striped no carve pumpkins
Homey Oh My
Copper Striped No-Carve Pumpkins

Apply strips of copper tape for a simple way to dress up no-carve pumpkins in seconds.

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no-carve pumpkin people
Pretty Providence
No-Carve Pumpkin People

Accessories such as novelty glasses and hats and mustaches cut from felt make for funny painted pumpkin "people."

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letterboard painted pumpkin
A Girl and a Glue Gun
Painted Pumpkin Letter Board

Let the letter board trend inspire your pumpkins this year. Start by painting them whatever base coat you like, then add notches with a screwdriver and pop in the letters!

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fall pumpkins
Burcu Avsar
Address Pumpkins

Let revelers know they're at the right address by emblazoning your house number—and state—on pumpkins. Mark your location on a decal of your state by punching a star-shaped hole. Then apply the decal and number stickers to the pumpkins, paint, and remove the adhesive symbols when dry.

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Life in Left Field
Painted Baseball Pumpkin

This cool and creative pumpkin is a guaranteed home run.

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Brian Woodcock
Woody Wagoneer Pumpkin

Trace the Wagoneer template on , scaling up or down as necessary, and cut out; attach to a pumpkin with . Cut the wood panel from , and attach to the wagon. Use hot glue to attach to the wagon to outline the windows and wood panel. Glue a small spiral of cording to create the gas cap and a zigzag to create the bumpers. Hot-glue small for the wheels and small twigs to the roof to create the roof rack. Top with a toy canoe and oars.

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paint by number pumpkins
Brian Woodcock
Paint by Numbers Pumpkin

Because these retro relics often feature fall scenery—tree-lined trails, babbling brooks—you can find them gracing the heart-pine paneling in plenty a cabin. To create the ones you see at left, photocopy your favorite works of art (or simply and print your favorite scenes, scaling them up or down as necessary). Cut paper printouts into half-inch strips, and attach to white pumpkins using . (Line up the image as best you can, taking heart in the fact that some imperfection adds charm.) Attach twig "frames" with hot-glue.

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pendleton pumpkins
Brian Woodcock
Pendleton Blanket-Inspired Pumpkins

Countless Americans have curled up under this Oregon company's throws since 1909. We let some of the more iconic (Crossroads, Serrado, and Spirit Guide) inspire these motifs, all created with .

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Brian Woodcock
Barn Quilt Pumpkins

Start with a white pumpkin, such as a "Lumina." to create a stencil of desired quilt pattern. Tape the stencil to the pumpkin and use a foam stencil paintbrush and acrylic paint to create the pattern. Repeat as desired. Take note: You don't have to put your pumpkins out to pasture once Halloween is over. Display your handiwork year after year with .

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Jennifer Causey
Tack-O'-Lantern Pumpkin

Create a tack-o'-lantern with this office store staple. Paint pumpkin desired color in a . Write letters with an erasable wax pencil, then use a hammer to tap in nail heads along the script. (The shorter the word, the more clearly it will read.)

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Alison Goottee
Painted Fall Leaf Pumpkins

We love this naturally brilliant idea from . Just use to découpage a white gourd with pressed leaves. You can harvest the foliage from your own backyard—or online at .

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Brian Woodcock
Dartboard Pumpkin Painting

Scale the dartboard template up or down as necessary. Use template to cut 10 triangles from and 10 triangles from . Adhere to the pumpkin, lining up the edges, as shown above. Use template to cut rings from black, red, and . Adhere the large black ring on the outside of the triangles, overlapping the edges slightly. Adhere the red ring along the inside edge of the black ring, overlapping edges slightly. Adhere the green ring on the dartboard. Use the template to cut small circles from green and red paper; adhere to the center of the board. Hot-glue silver cording along the seams of the white and black triangles. Adhere on the black ring. Add darts as desired.

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The Casual Craftlete
Chalky Paint Pumpkins

Add a coat of chalk paint to your pumpkins for a farmhouse-worthy display.

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cabin in woods pumpkin
Brian Woodcock
Cabin in the Woods Pumpkin

Remove stem from a large pumpkin. Attach two pieces of wood in an inverted "V" shape using . Attach a triangular-shaped piece of wood in the top corners of "roof" with hot-glue; cover the wood with . Attach stem to the wood roof with hot-glue to create a chimney. Use pinecone scales to create overlapping shingles on roof (secure with hot-glue). Insert a piece of thin wire into the chimney, and wrap a puff of batting around the wire to create smoke. Rest the roof on top of the pumpkin. Create a window by gluing twigs in a 4-pane window shape. Pleat two small pieces of fabric, and hot-glue to the back of the window to make curtains. To make the door and threshold, use an l-bracket to attach two small pieces of wood perpendicular to each other. Use hot-glue to attach twigs for the door frame. Attach leaves to create a wreath. Make a "walkway" with small rocks.

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Brian Woodcock
Pumpkin Animal Wall Mounts

For the cutest, kindest take on taxidermy, paint plaques, in varying colors, on .

For the bear: Remove the stem from a small pumpkin. a small round wood piece dark brown, and hot-glue an acorn top to the wood piece to create the nose; glue to the top of the pumpkin. Hot-glue small, round-ish leaves to the back of the pumpkin to create the ears and above the nose for the eyes.

For the moose: Remove the stem from a small pumpkin. Stain a small oval wood piece dark brown, and small beads toward the bottom to create the nose; glue to the top of the pumpkin. Use a needle to poke small holes in the back sides of the pumpkin, and insert large oak leaves to create the antlers. Hot-glue small nuts above the nose to create the eyes.

For the fox: Paint the lower half of a small orange pumpkin white; allow to dry. Poke three small holes on each side of the stem, and insert tiny twigs to create the whiskers. Hot-glue small, pointy leaves to the back of the pumpkin to create the ears; insert black map tacks for eyes. Drive a long nail, at an upward angle, through the back of each large wood round and into the pumpkin to secure.

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acorn squash pumpkins
Brian Woodcock
Acorn Squash Acorns

A produce section staple this time of year, acorn squash is an obvious pick to mimic the classic nut, so squirrel away this easy idea. Cut a 4-foot piece of , and attach one end near the stem of the squash with a ; wrap the twine around the top third of the squash, applying hot-glue intermittently. Adhere end with hot-glue, and trim excess twine.

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Brian Woodcock
Spatterware Pumpkin

Pull out a paintbrush and whip up a speckled country classic. Paint a pumpkin a crisp white. When dry, use a paintbrush and blue paint to create various sized blobs for spatter effect as shown.

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Brian Woodcock
S'mores Pumpkin Painting Idea

Gather four small white pumpkins. Cut a into eight squares. (The squares should be slightly larger than the pumpkins). On four of the squares, use a large needle and to make a line down the center and six French knots on either side of the line. (Needle-averse? Use a brown marker to mimic the perforations on a graham cracker.) Cut eight square pieces of (they should be slightly smaller than the cardboard); whipstitch two together using dark brown embroidery floss; continue stitching pairs until you have four "chocolate" pieces. Snap the stems off pumpkins, and hot-glue stems to the centers of the stitched pieces of cardboard. Sandwich everything together.

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halloween party ideas spooky silhouette pumpkins
Brian Woodcock
Silhouette Pumpkins

Photograph your subject from the side. Scale photo as needed, then cut out profile. Trace and cut profile from black craft paper. Using , adhere cutout to a white paper circle cut to fit interior of a . Secure unit to pumpkin. Glue trim to edge of white paper.

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