If you plan to make a no carve Halloween pumpkin this year , you’ll love these unique pumpkin painting ideas – from the roaring dinosaur pumpkin to simple emoji pumpkins. Many cute ideas as well as scary ones!
Browse through these pumpkin decorating ideas and we are sure you won’t be able to pick just one to make this year.
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Decorating pumpkins is one of the most fun things about Halloween. While classic carved pumpkins look great, especially when a candle is lit in them, no-carve pumpkins are becoming more and more popular. Why? They are easy to make and leave a loot of room for creativity.
You can either use a real pumpkin or a craft pumpkin to make it (real ones are great but craft ones you can reuse the next year and build upon your collection of painted pumpkins)
We are sharing a collection of no-carve and pumpkin painting ideas, to kick start your creativity as there are a million ways you can go about decorating them.
Tip: how to paint a pumpkin – what kind of paint to use on pumpkins?
If you need to cover the whole pumpkin with paint – spray paint will do the job, as well as craft paints.
Smaller areas are best painted with acrylic craft paints. This type of color won’t wash out in rain if you plan to showcase your painted pumpkins outside.
Pumpkin Painting Ideas
As fall is the time of scarecrows, this one seems like a natural fit. You don’t need to paint the whole pumpkin.
The hair can be made of felt or tissue paper (napkis :)), paint the face or use felt. Last but not least, find an old straw hat, decorate it with a leaf or a sunflower and the pumpkin is ready for display.
T- rex Dinosaur Pumpkin Decorating Idea
This hatching tyrannosaur dino egg pumpkin is one clever idea! If you’ve got an old dinosaur toy lying around and no idea what to do with it – this is the thing to make. Made by Tifanie Leckemby
DIY Unicorn Pumpkin
Unicorns have been extremely popular lately and this goes to pumpkin decorating as well. There are many ways you can go about decorating them – we painted the pumpkin white, added pink cheeks and closed eyes (with eyelashes naturally).
The mane is made with tissue paper and the horn and ears from and old Halloween unicorn costume hair hoop. Add floral details to make things even more magical.
Rainbow Fish Pumpkin Decorating Idea
From the first time I have read The Rainbow Fish and till this day, this has been my favoite childhood book. Like the book, this decorated pumpkin looks magical. The shiny and sparky scales are mesmerising aren’t they. Made by Molly Reed.
With Pumpkin Decorating Idea
Make a fun looking wicked witch! To make this witch, we painted the pumpkin green and let the paint dry completely. The hair is made out of tissue paper (napkins), felt would be great too. If you’ll be displaying the pumpkin inside, you can make the hat out of paper, if not, we recommend a store bought hat (or a hat made out of fabric). We used a green pom pom for the nose, which, if you ask us,makes all the difference with this pumpkin painting idea.
If you have a Pokemon lover at home, why not make a few this Halloween. You won’t be able to catch them all (or will you?) but making a few will certainly be fun. For Pikachu, paint the pumpkin with yellow acrylic paint or spray paint it yellow. For an indoor pumpkin you can use construction paper to add the details (and hot glue gun to attach them).
Lion Decorating Idea
Lion is another easy idea, you can either go with the natural color or paint the pumpkin yellow. The mane is made with tissue paper or felt and the ears are made with felt too.
The friendly clown pumpkin painting idea
Clowns are peculiar characters – you can make a very cute one or a thing of nightmares. And it’s pretty easy to make it a thing of nightmares. We think sleepy closed eyes with eyelashes are the safest bet when it comes to making your clown cute and friendly.
Emoji Pumpkin Decoration
Everybody loves emoji! Why not make your favorite one as a Halloween pumpkin this year? We chose the heart eyes emoji, but any one of them would look insanely cute. Only paint required to make this one so it’s one of the best pumpkin painting ideas.
Fox Pumpkin Decorating Idea
One of the most adorable no carve pumpkin decorating ideas if you as us! Make the face, ears and the tail with felt to make it a bit fuzzy. Such a great non scary project for kids to make.
If you made a fox, why not also make the chicken?
Have old bandages and are looking for a clever way to upcycle them? Make a mummy! This one is perfect for Halloween.
Another idea for a Halloween monster. Paint the pumpkin green and wait for the paint to dry. Once dry, continue with the black paint for the hair, eyes and other details for Frankenstein’s monster.
Paint the pumpkin green. Paint the white for the eyes. Cut a strip of orange, purple, red or blue fabric and also cut holes for the eyes. Attach the fabric to the pumpkin. Paint the black for the eyes.
Have fun creating amazing pumpkin designs!