Skip the knives this Halloween in favor of super easy, carve-free pumpkin ideas (they’re little-kid-friendly!).

Carve-Free Pumpkin Ideas

Creepy Crawlers

Cut four black pipe cleaners in half and attach them to the sides of your mini pumpkin. Make the eight legs by poking them gently into the pumpkin flesh. Add your choice of googly eyes plus antennae (and eyebrows!) with craft glue.

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Stripe It Up

Alternate colors as you cover the sections of the pumpkin with acrylic paint. Don’t forget the stem, too.

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Shine Bright

Start with a long-stemmed pumpkin and paint the its body a single color of acrylic paint. Let it dry. Coat the stem with craft glue, then roll it in metallic glitter.

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Write Away

How pretty is this carve-free pumpkin? Coat a pumpkin (including the stem) with a few layers of chalkboard paint and let it dry completely. Add words or designs with sidewalk chalk or a chalk pen.

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Mini Donut

Cover the top half of your mini pumpkin with pink, white or brown acrylic paint. Let it dry. Use a small brush to add in rainbow sprinkles.

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Melted Masterpiece

Start with a white pumpkin (either real or fake) and attach 16 unwrapped crayons in a spiral around the stem using tacky glue. After the glue is completely dry, use a hair dryer
to melt the wax into colorful ribbons.

Glittery Gourd

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What you need:

2 twigs

twine

low-heat hot glue gun and glue sticks

1 small pumpkin, stem snapped off

acrylic gems from the craft store

How to make:

1. Put 2 twigs side-by-side and wrap twine around the bottom inch to attach together. Use a dab of hot glue to secure.

2. Glue the twig bundle to the spot on the pumpkin where the stem was. Hold sticks in place until glue hardens.

3. Glue gems all over the pumpkin, leaving the base bare so it sits flat.