We’re so over pumpkin carving. We’re making this Fall the No Carve decorating season. And here are 50 of our favorite photos and DIY tutorials for pumpkin designs without carving. In this guide, you’ll find some of the simplest but most awesome ideas. And some are great for kids too. Scroll down and pick one for your next Halloween decoration project.
Felt Floral Pumpkin
This sugar skull-inspired pumpkin is sweet! It’s colorful and cool, crafted with some felt, paint and jewels. Props to the artist.
We’re sooo trying this no carve idea! These elegant pumpkins can be made and displayed all season long. To get this color-blocked look, just cut the end off an opaque balloon and stretch around the base of your pumpkin. Check out the DIY Tutorial.
Colored push pins are a brilliant (and brilliantly easy!) way to decorate your pumpkins this fall without carving. Get a variety of sizes and colors, and start polka-dotting! Photo by Lauren Conrad.
Classic Black and White
A chic black and white palette with a custom message takes these no carve pumpkins from Halloween to height of fall fashion. Check out the artist.
Caught your eye? This no carve pumpkin idea has all the WOW without any of the mess. We love the vibrant jewels against the bright white background. Idea by Artist.
Black and White Leaf Motif
Black and white paint, applied using your favorite stencils or stamps, are a fun, no fail pumpkin decorating idea for fall. Artist.
The saturated color of these patchwork pumpkins is amazing. Oil pastels are inexpensive, easy to apply, and the color and coverage is outstanding. Designer.
Bedazzled in Black
And here’s our fave motif again – inspired by the Day Of The Dead, this black bedazzled pumpkin looks absolutely magical.
Channel your inner Jughead with a tasty lookin’ hamburger pumpkin. Nom nom! Check out the no carve artist.
Chalkboard Pumpkin Idea
Chalkboard paint on pumpkins? Why not?! The black matte chalkboard paint creates a perfect backdrop for this chilling, chalky grin. To make your own watch this DIY tutorial.
Sponge Painted Mosaic
This pumpkin was sponged with colorful paint to echo mosaic or stained glass. For this easy DIY, check out the tutorial.
Let your kids decorate your chalkboard pumpkins. We like this photo – looks pretty creepy, considering it’s made by a kid! Kids idea.
This Cinderella pumpkin is at the opposite end of the scare spectrum – sugar and spice and everything nice, perfect for all the little princesses out there!
Don’t be fooled by their mini size and pretty pastel hues. These pumpkin puns are anything but sweet!
If you’re going to bedazzle, go all the way or go home. Sometimes, more really is more! Check out the artist here.
Metallics are back on trend this season. This rich copper finish is ideal for a fall display, whether by the front door or on your dining table! More on this idea here.
These no carve mini pumpkins are decked out with copper tape, dressed for any fall fete! Click here for the DIY tutorial.
You either love decoupage or… okay who are we kidding? You love decoupage. We particularly love these tissue-papered pumpkins. A bright and bold fall decorating idea. Source.
Pair your pumpkin with a trendy color scheme and a bold pattern. We love this print!
Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage
Bibbidi bobbidi boo! With the wave of a wand (oh ya, and some paint, a Cinderella cut-out and a tiara to top it all off) this pumpkin becomes an easy DIY Cinderella carriage. Visit the artist here.
There’s something to be said about simplicity. Source.
Owl for Kids
And here’s a no carve pumpkin decorating idea that’s great for all kids, big and small. This black owl pumpkin is too cute! Artist.
These pumpkins look like they’re wearing last year’s Christmas sweaters! Cute and cozy.
Glitter Splash Pumpkin!
Nuthin’ says Halloween like… glitter? We’re firm proponents of glitter for just about any occasion. It’s a really easy yet impressive pumpkin project that’s great for kids too. Check out the DIY tutorial.
Kick that trendy chevron pattern up a notch with a glitzy gold paint. Try some other color combinations, like orange with white, navy blue or hot pink.
Carrying on the hot metallic decorating trend, these mini pumpkins are dressed to impress with some cut-and-paste gold doilies. Love!
Hallmark creative studios took their fall decorating to the next level – without carving woo hoo! The vibrant pumpkin stems are a thoughtful touch. Created by Hannah from creative studios at Hallmark. Source.
Hand Drawn Designs
A steady hand is the essential tool for these amazing hand drawn pumpkins. Kudos to the designer for these stunning no carve creations!
Gorgeous Hand Painted
This pretty painting finds itself on an unconventional canvas. This hand painted pumpkin placed table-top or tucked into a corner adds a touch of autumn charm to any home. More from the designer.
Gold and Bowed
We keep coming back to these stunning gold painted pumpkins. This one reminds us of a present, with its polka-dot print and a great, big bow. Click for more on the designer.
Oodles of Doodles
What do you get when you cross a pumpkin and a doodle?
This mercury glass pumpkin project yields an eerie antique look, and it’s a relatively easy to DIY. Check out this no carve pumpkin tutorial.
Paint, Stick, Repeat
We love the symmetrical, repeating design around this sweet little pumpkin! Simply paint and decorate with metallic tape.
Mustache and Eyelashes
Madame et Monsieur! This cheeky pumpkin pair would make the perfect guests for your fall fetes. Click for more on the designer.
Nail Polish Design
When decorating your pumpkins, think outside the box. This oozing pumpkin design is drizzled with nail polish!
Love these no carve painted DIY pumpkins! Create variety by changing the directions, colors and sizes of the stripes. Designer.
A painted pumpkin? Meh. But a painted pumpkin with a glitter stem? WOW! This is a great DIY idea and we love the end result. Tutorial.
Sometimes, all a pumpkin needs is a great big bow to take it from the produce aisle to the home decor aisle. Designer.
Gold Glitter Glue
We love this whimsical pumpkin design. It was first spray painted white, then dotted and spotted using homemade gold glitter glue.
Mix and Match
Painted pumpkins not only make a great fall display for your patio, but they are also a great DIY activity for the kids. Get some pumpkins, set up a painting studio (preferably outside!) and invite the whole neighborhood to get messy.
Ever wonder what to do with all those little leftover crayon bits? Here’s a psychadellic solution to your crayon-bit woes. These splashy pumpkins were made using recycled beeswax crayons and tempera paints. Idea by Designer.
No Carve Skull Idea
Another variation on the ever-popular sugar skull, here it’s topped in a floral wreath. Steal this brilliant no carve idea from Instagram.
Looks like argyle isn’t just for sweaters anymore!
Yup, the artist behind these pun-tastic pumpkins applied the wording using tattoo paper! Smart, simple, and we love the end result. Tutorial.
Teal For a Cause
Teal isn’t just a hot hue on the trend scale this season. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to offer allergy-friendly alternatives when the little ghosts and goblins come a-knockin. Great decorating idea with an important message. Designer.
Painted and jewelled pumpkins for your front porch. Easy peasy. Designer.
We’ve seen some amazing pumpkins painted with pastels, crayons, chalk, tempra, spray paint and now… watercolor! Which is your favorite? Tutorial.
Glittered tape is one of those brilliant, no-mess, no carve pumpkin decorating ideas that you can do in a pinch. Simple cut and stick the tape in your preferred pattern.
From 18th century England to the modern day, this unusual pumpkin decorating idea was inspired by the popular blue and white Willow pattern you’ll commonly find on kitchenware and fine china. Designer.
Neon Paint Dipped
OMG we love this no carve pumpkin idea for fall! Paint your pumpkins white, dip the bottoms into some neon paint, turn upside down and let them drip dry to produce this cool result. For more info check out the tutorial.
Save these no carve pumpkin designs for Halloween and follow Fresh Patio on Pinterest for more decorating ideas.