These fun no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas for kids are perfect for little ones who can’t be trusted with a knife! Kids will love decorating for Halloween with these easy and fun pumpkins. Plus, grab free printable pumpkin decorations at the end of the post.
“Mommy! What happened to Greenie?!?!” my four-year-old daughter wailed when we arrived home after school.
Greenie is the name of the pumpkin she carefully chose at the local orchard’s pumpkin patch two weeks ago, and I love that she picked an ugly duckling of a pumpkin, riddled with green veins; her selection speaks to her wild imagination filled with fanciful, odd creatures.
Unfortunately for Greenie, it was riddled with holes, and its slimy seeds spilled out onto our crumbling brick steps; it was a victim of our yard’s brazen squirrel population. As it happens, squirrels enjoy “carving” pumpkins even more than my kids do.
Honestly, this is actually a good thing, because a four-year-old has no business carving her own pumpkin and neither does her six-year-old big brother.
Although I’m sure my husband and I will carve at least one pumpkin for our kids and end up covered in seeds and slime, I appreciate good no-carve pumpkin decorating options that are safer and less messy.
How to Decorate Pumpkins Without Carving: Supplies to Try
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9 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids
So, how do you decorate a pumpkin without carving it? Well, there are loads of creative ideas kids can use to transform a plain pumpkin into something special.
Here are my favorite pumpkin decorating ideas for kids that my own little monsters enjoyed, and more we’d love to try.
1. Painter’s Tape Pumpkin
All you need is painter’s tape, scissors, and paint, and even the littlest kids will have a ball decorating their pumpkins! For mini artists, I recommend child-safe finger paint or school paint. Keep your painting surface safe by topping it with a plastic garbage bag, and have your child wear one of your old t-shirts as a smock.
I’m sure paint will still end up where it should not, but hey – at least you made the effort to keep it contained!
Simply cut the painter’s tape into shapes of any kind – make a happy face, scary face, or random design. Then, apply the tape, step back and watch the mess your kids make as they paint the pumpkin. While the paint is still wet, remove the tape to reveal the design.
2. Polka-dot Pumpkins
Craft paint and a steadier hand are best for this pumpkin decorating idea, so save it for the kids who are less likely to get paint all over themselves.
Wait, does that kind of kid exist?? 🙂
Anyway, all you need is craft paint in assorted colors and stencil pouncers, which are essentially round foam paint brushes.
Just pounce and paint your way to a polka-dot pumpkin!
Put the knife down! These no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas are easy and fun for kids!
3. Stringy Spider Web Pumpkin
4. Emoji Pumpkins
A can of bright yellow spray paint, felt, and glue are all you need to make these silly emoji pumpkins that will give your kids all the heart eyes!
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pumpkins
I love these TMNT pumpkins with green paint and felt. So cute!
6. BB-8 Pumpkin
My son is a big Star Wars fan, so I’d love to try this cute BB-8 pumpkin decorated with colorful duct tape.
7. Painted Donut Pumpkin
A little paint is all you need to make these sweet-enough-to-eat donut pumpkins.
8. Sparkling Princess Pumpkin
This gorgeous Cinderella pumpkin calls for glitter spray paint and sequins. Try different colored paint to represent different Disney princesses, like green paint with yellow sequins for Tiana or pink for Aurora.
9. Melted Crayon Pumpkins
Bonus! Free Printable Pumpkin Decorations!
I created a set of free printable Halloween silhouettes for you and your kids to enjoy! Just print, cut, and paste onto your pumpkins. The printables are available exclusively to email subscribers, so sign up, join the fun, and get access to these printables plus several others!
I hope you enjoyed these pumpkin decorating ideas for kids! What are your favorite ways to decorate pumpkins? Share your ideas in the comments below!