No Carve Pumpkin Designs

The spooky season is upon us and Halloween calls for one thing… pumpkins!

Carving pumpkins is great fun for the whole family, but why not try something a little different this year with our three step-by-step no-carve pumpkin ideas!

The first step

First, you need to choose the pumpkin/s you want to use. We went to a nearby pumpkin farm to pick ours which is great fun for everyone, but pumpkins from the local supermarket or farm shop are good also.

Wherever you decide to get your pumpkin, make sure that it does not have any bruises, blemishes or scratches and that they have a nice smooth surface as any pumpkin with too many lumps or bumps will be hard to paint. Also, avoid a pumpkin that’s stork is missing as the area is likely to rot quickly and look out for any cuts or wormholes.

Once you have chosen the perfect pumpkin and have safely brought it home you will need to wash it under a warm tap and clean it with a cloth to remove dirt (don’t scrub too hard or you will damage the skin). Dry with another cloth and you’re ready to get going!


Spider pumpkin

  1. Get your pumpkin ready for painting by gently washing and drying it. A mini pumpkin is best for this design.
  2. Then paint your pumpkin all over using black acrylic paint. (Acrylic paint works best for painting pumpkins as not all paints will cover its waxy surface).
  3. Once the paint is completely dry you can give your spider some googly eyes using PVA glue. Give him as many as you like, why not try using different sizes?
  4. Make the legs by bending pipe cleaners into a zigzag shape and gluing onto the side of the pumpkin (you may need to use some strong glue for this to help it stick).
  5. Finish by painting the stork with PVA glue and sprinkling black glitter over it. If you put a sheet of paper underneath you will be able to pour all the spillage back into the pot.





Décopatch pumpkin


Our No-carve Pumpkin Tutorial from Futures Group on Vimeo.


  1. First paint your pumpkin all over in white acrylic paint and leave to dry completely.
  2. Mix PVA glue with a little of water to make it thinner paste (but not too watery). Buy tissue paper, or special Décopatch paper (which you can buy from a craft store) and rip it into small pieces.
  3. Paint small sections of your pumpkin with the glue solution and stick single bits of paper down, covering over with another layer of the glue. Repeat this process until the whole pumpkin is covered in paper.
  4. Leave to dry completely.

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Glitter pumpkin

  1. Paint your pumpkin whatever colour you like using acrylic paint. We found a small white pumpkin and liked it just the way it was.
  2. Glue the area you want to cover in glitter using PVA. We glued the bottom half of ours.
  3. Pour your desired glitter into a bowl or onto a piece of paper and quickly roll your pumpkin in it. The glitter should stick to the areas you have glued.
  4. Other examples are polka dots, stripes or drips, why not get creative?
  5. Leave to dry then brush glitter off the unglued areas using a clean paintbrush.



We hope you have a spook-tacular Halloween. Don’t forget to share your scary pumpkin designs with us!









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