Halloween is one of the best times of year to get really creative. You can make your own costume, go all out with decorations, and even sneak in a fun DIY or two. If there is one staple item that really defines the Halloween season, we’d definitely argue that the pumpkin would be it. So today we’re sharing ten creative ways to decorate a pumpkin that doesn’t involve carving.
Come up with a few Halloween sayings and stencil them on to your pumpkin. This idea is perfect for those typography fans out there! Spray paint your entire pumpkin in one solid color, and leave it to dry completely. Use a stencil and paint brush in a different color to add your letters. Create cute sayings like “trick or treat”, “boo”, or “beware”.
To get started on this pumpkin you’ll need some white spray paint, varying sizes of rhinestones, and a glue gun. Spray the entire pumpkin head to toe with the paint, and let it dry for a few hours. Next, go to town with those rhinestones! Create a cool waterfall look by concentrating on the top of the pumpkin, and applying fewer gems the lower you go.
Begin by spray painting your pumpkin white. Feel free to paint the stem an accent color of your choice. Purchase tissue paper in appropriate autumn colors, and cut out some leaf shapes. When the paint is completely dry, apply the leaves with Mod Podge. Add an extra layer of glue over the leaves to keep them sealed in place.
This one’s for all you glitz and glam lovers out there. Start by painting your pumpkin with one solid color. While the pumpkin is still wet, place it inside a cardboard box and pour some loose, fine glitter all over it. Try and make it as even as you can. The paint will act as an adhesive and seal the glitter in once dry.
Set up a workspace outdoors with lots of newspaper before you get started on this project. All you’ll need is some metallic spray paint to get the job done. Spray your pumpkin from top to bottom, and give it some time between coats to dry. You’ll likely need 2-3 coats to get the perfect coverage.
A bit more on theme, this mummy pumpkin is simple and inexpensive to recreate. Take a roll of gauze from your first aid kit, and start wrapping it around your pumpkin. Make sure you leave some room around the eye level like the photo above. Purchase two large googly eyes, and hot glue them to the empty space you left. That’s it!
This idea requires a bit more skill in the painting department, but the results will be amazing. Paint your pumpkin a light, solid color and give it enough time to fully dry. Next, use a small paintbrush to hand paint tiny flowers all over your new canvas. This makes for a cute, stylish, and vintage kind of look.
This idea is especially cute for a young family! Creating the look is super simple. Purchase some white spray paint, and add a few coats to completely cover the pumpkin. One completely dry, sporadically glue some colorful pompoms on to the surface. Voilà! All done.
LACE OR FISHNET PUMPKINS
Purchase some sheer stalkings with a funky pattern to create this look. Stretch the fabric over the entire pumpkin and allow the stem to poke through. Gather the rest of the fabric at the bottom and snip anything too excess. Tie a knot to secure the fabric at the bottom, or staple it. Paint the stem black to finish things off.
SOLID PAINTED PUMPKINS
This is such an easy way to decorate your pumpkin, but still one that will make it stand out. Grab yourself some acrylic paint and brushes, and get to work with one solid color. You’ll likely need a few coats to make the color really pop. Be sure to give your masterpiece at least 3-4 hours to dry completely before you try to handle it. Paint the stem gold or silver to really make things interesting.
Via Lauren Conrad
Hero image by Teo on Flickr.