Carving pumpkins is a fun project, but it can get messy and frustrating at times, especially for kids. Not to worry, you can still decorate your house with holiday pumpkins in a unique way without too much fuss. And if you want to give your crafty kids some opportunities to explore their creative sides without having to worry about a mess at home, don’t forget to explore some arts and crafts activities!
I will show three ways to decorate pumpkins without having to use those annoying little tools, stencils that don’t stick, and any of that gross pumpkin mess. Although you will miss out on the fresh-made pumpkin seeds, you won’t have a huge mess to clean up. These ideas for decorating pumpkins are also a great way for your child to stretch their creative muscle and add a personal touch to holiday decorations. Below, you will ﬁnd the instructions for making a glitter pumpkin, a color block pumpkin, and a gem and washi tape pumpkin.
-pumpkins (any size you want)
-foam paint brush
-paint (I used acrylic)
First we have the glitter pumpkin.
Paint your pumpkin in sections with Mod Podge. Ask the kids if they want to trace a design such as a face or bats or cats with the Mod Podge.
Pour the glitter over the painted section. If you have different color glitter, there are endless possibilities for the kids’ pumpkin designs.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the whole pumpkin is covered.
*You can leave the bottom un-glittered, or once the top has completely dried, you can put it upside down in a cup and glitterize the bottom.
The second pumpkin is the color block pumpkin. This pumpkin is super fun because you can design the tape any way you like. Below you will see what I did.
Tape off the pumpkin in the design of your choosing (you can have the kids do this part). You can even paint the whole pumpkin before this step. I just like the natural orange of this one.
Now put a smock on the kids and let them paint their masterpiece. They can use one color as I did, or if they have it taped off in several areas, they can use different colors.
Let it dry.
Last, but not least, is the gem and washi tape pumpkin. I like using the gems because deep-down inside I am a sparkly princess and secretly want everything (most everything) to be sparkly.
Have the kids plan out their design on paper. It is easier to keep track of the design if you already have an idea of what you want it to be. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having the whole.
Glue your gems in place. (Of course, you can always skip step one and start gluing).
Now, just arrange them nicely on your porch or in your house and prepare yourself for the complements. The season for decorating is here!!!
Let us know of other ways you decorated pumpkins without carving!