Decorating Pumpkins

By Peggy Moore

As a kid I loved everything about Halloween – carving pumpkins, dressing up to trick-or-treat, and finding the houses that gave out the best candy! I especially loved all the tasks associated with carving a pumpkin: cutting a hole in the top, scooping out the pumpkin seeds, crafting a design, and then watching as night fell and the pumpkin came aglow. As I’ve gotten older, I no longer want to deal with the mess of carving pumpkins and find myself dreading the task every October. This year, I’ve found some crafty ideas for decorating pumpkins that don’t involve carving.  All of the ideas came from Below you’ll see pictures and brief descriptions of the ideas I’ve found that are relatively cheap and easy to accomplish:



Using masking tape, tape off the areas of the pumpkin that you want to remain pumpkin colored.  Then paint your pumpkin any color. The taped off area can be lines, shapes, etc. This example is of a chevron design and is very unique! 

pumpkin 2

Paint your pumpkin(s) white. Let dry. Turn the pumpkin over and paint the bottom with any color of paint, letting some drip down the sides. Once dry, you have an interesting pumpkin!


pumpkin 4

Using a black marker, write a word or phrase across your pumpkin. Use a hot glue gun to glue buttons of various sizes on top of the letters. Tie a ribbon around the stem of the pumpkin. What a creative idea!

Gauze/googly eyes:

pumpkin 3

Get out your gauze, googly eyes and hot glue. Start by gluing on your eyes and then glue one end of your gauze to the back of the pumpkin and then start wrapping. There is no wrong way to do this project! Finish with a dab of glue on the other end of the gauze and you’re all set. Enjoy this distinctive pumpkin!

Spray paint/thumb tacks:

thumb tacks

Using a black marker, write a letter, word, or phrase across your pumpkin. Using thumb tacks, press them into the pumkin on top of the letter(s). Spray paint your pumpkin/thumb tacks any color. Once dry, stand back and admire your one-of-a-kind pumpkin!

When it comes to decorating your pumpkin this year, let your creative self shine! Don’t dread carving your pumpkin any longer – be creative and learn to love being crafty with pumpkins!

For links to the crafts listed above and even more pumpkin crafts, visit the sites listed below:

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