Halloween is not complete without the required jack-o-lantern grinning on your porch. It is a frustrating undertaking to cut a pumpkin with a hard cap, especially with young children. So leave the knife behind and view these five no-carve ways to decorate a pumpkin.
Sharp objects and small children do not mix. Frankly, sharp objects and some adults do not go together. Although a carved pumpkin is traditional, it's not always the smartest or even the sweetest way to decorate your porch on Halloween.
Of many, many non-traditional ways to decorate a pumpkin, we have limited it to our five favorites. So whether you're celebrating with kids this year, or just don't want to mess around with carving a pumpkin, we've got you ready for these simple, non-carve ways to decorate a pumpkin.
Paint your Pumpkin
Painting a pumpkin is an obvious choice. Basic artisan paint changes the hard shell of a pumpkin into a canvas. And with the wide variety of pumpkin sizes, shapes and colors, you don't have to settle for an elongated and orange canvas.
Try the nail polish technique for an effortless and creative look at painted pumpkins: Swirl a few drops of your favorite nail polish in water. Then let your pumpkin run through the water and pick up the colored nail polish. The effect is slim, dark and creepy – perfect for a haunted house or spooky soiree.
For more detailed instructions on nail polish technology, visit PopofGold.com.
Use a Stick-On Craft Kit
The easiest way to avoid carving pumpkins is to use a craft kit. Kits are sold in all major big-box stores this time of year, or you can use Amazon to find a favorite. If you are decorating with children, we recommend that you purchase a few extra kits. They are usually inexpensive, and with a few extra of the prized pink pompoms or gigantic stick-on eyes, there are fewer rare treasures to fight over.
Make sure you do this indoors. Kits tend to have many lightweight, sticky parts that are just as likely to be blown away in the wind as they will stick to your pumpkin.
Use your cute office supplies
We love how simple this idea is. The only thing you need is a box with pins. You can be as slim and creative as you want here. Use all orange, white and black tacks, or go with a metallic look. Drawing pins come in various shapes and sizes, which can easily change the appearance of your pumpkin. Like the teal gourd in the photo here? The color is not just a fashion statement.
If you have a shortage of tacks, rivets work as well. Here you will find detailed instructions for the use of rivets.
Find a home for broken chalks
Have you ever noticed how many children despise broken chalks? Use Halloween to get rid of them! For the best result you need a white pumpkin. And you will want to do this over a drip cloth or sheet. Get it ready and then put your crayons in the shape of a pumpkin around the pumpkin stem. It must look like a sun, with the stem as the center and the colored pencils as the rays.
Then take a hair dryer for the whole thing. The heat from the dryer melts the colored pencils so that they drip along the sides of the pumpkin. You can use colored pencils that are all in the same color family for an ombre effect, or you can use all the colors of the rainbow for a clear view of Halloween.
Do you want a picture of how this corny chalk trick plays? Watch this video of the crayon craft masters in Crayola.
Bows and knots
If all else fails, take a cue from Christmas and tie your pumpkins as a gift. Fun and festive ribbons are essential for this look and easy to find in craft stores or online. To make it extra quirky, add buttons, either evenly distributed around the gourd or pressed together to spell seasonal words and phrases such as, "Trick or Treat" or "Boo!"
If it is a carving to To make a pumpkin, there is no need to boycott the jack-o-lantern tradition. Change it and use simple decorations to make your pumpkin pop. Whether you decorate it with a colorful crayon rainbow or cover it with cute office supplies, this bright orange pumpkin still screams Halloween. And, no matter how you decorate it, it will look perfect on your porch.