No-Carve Pumpkins

While carving pumpkins can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Any activity with a three-year-old should include avoiding sharp objects. I mean, that goes without saying! This year, Brooks really wanted to carve pumpkins but I decided to try a new approach.

There are so many ways to decorate a pumpkin minus the knife. No-carve pumpkins let you work more with your creativity and little ones can be involved during every step. They can be wrapped with ribbon, wrapped in gauze like a mummy, or painted. Since they are staying whole, they will last a lot longer, too!

Here are some pumpkins we made to give you a little inspiration:


Funny Face Pumpkin:


  • Various pumpkins
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Contact paper
  • Stencils
  • Sharpie


  • Choose your pumpkin. When painting, it’s best to pick the smoothest.
  • Adhere stencil or contact sheet stencil and either trace or paint using acrylic paints. I made my stencil by drawing a cut out face on a contact sheet.
  • Eyes should be white with black pupils, mouth black with white teeth, all other details in white. Small details can be added using a Sharpie.
  • Allow to dry
  • Return to add in details such as teeth, eyelashes, eyebrows, tears...see other examples

Mummy Wrap Pumpkin:


  • Pumpkin
  • Gauze
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Googly eyes


  • Cut the gauze in half, lengthwise.
  • Hot glue one end of the gauze to the pumpkin.
  • Wrap away! (This was Brooksie’s favorite part!)
  • Hot glue or tuck under the gauze when finished
  • Glue on googly eyes. Tucking them under the gauze a bit to have them appear to be peeking out

Glowing Glitter Pumpkin:


  • Spray adhesive
  • Colored glitter
  • Craft paper


  • Prepare work area by laying down craft paper on table. For less mess, lay some on floor as well.
  • Place pumpkin on paper and spray entire pumpkin with layer of adhesive
  • Sprinkle glitter on craft paper and roll pumpkin over the area
  • Allow to dry


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