Halloween is not complete without the required pumpkin lantern grinning on your porch. However, carving a hard-shelled pumpkin can be a frustrating undertaking, especially for small children. Leave the knife behind and look at these five carving-free ways to decorate a pumpkin.
Sharp objects and small children do not match. Honestly, sharp objects and some adults do not go together. A carved pumpkin is traditional, but not always the sweetest or 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. Whether you are celebrating with children this year or just do not want the carving of a pumpkin to become a mess, we have the following simple, carving-free methods for decorating a pumpkin for you.
Paint Your Pumpkin Pumpkin
Painting a pumpkin is an obvious choice. Simple craft paint transforms the hard shell of a pumpkin into a canvas. And with the great variety of pumpkin sizes, shapes and colors, you do not have to settle for a rectangular and orange canvas.
For an effortless and creative presentation of painted pumpkins you can use the nail polish technique: whirl a few drops of your favorite polish in water. Then run your pumpkin through the water and pick up the colored paint. The effect is elegant, dark and creepy – perfect for a haunted house or a spooky soiree.
For 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 season, or you can use Amazon to find a favorite. If you are decorating with children, we recommend buying some additional kits. They are usually cheap, and if you have some of the precious pink pompons or huge sticky eyes, you'll have to fight for less rare treasures.
Make sure you do this indoors. Kits usually contain many lightweight, stick-on parts that are as easily blown away in the wind as on your pumpkin.
Use your sweet office supplies
We love how simple this idea is. All you need is a box of thumbtacks. You can be as elegant and creative as you like. Use all orange, white and black tacks or wear a metallic look. Tacks are also available in various shapes and sizes that can easily change the look of your pumpkin. Like the blue-green pumpkin on the photo here? The color is not just a fashion statement.
If you have little tacks, rivets will work too. Detailed instructions for using rivets can be found here.
Finding a home for broken crayons
Did you ever notice how much children despise broken crayons? Use Halloween to get rid of them! For the best results you need a white pumpkin. And you want to do this over a rag or sheet. Set it up and place your colored pencil pieces around the pumpkin stalk. It should look like a sun, with the stem as the center and the crayons as the rays.
Then take a hair dryer for the whole. The heat of the dryer causes the crayons to melt and drip down the sides of the pumpkin. You can use crayons that are all of the same color family for an Ombre effect, or you can use all the colors of the rainbow for a glowing Halloween display.
Want to see how this melting crayon trick works? Watch this video of the Crayon Craft Masters of Crayola.
Bows and Buttons
If all else fails, take a Christmas cue and tie your pumpkins like a present. Funny and festive ribbons are crucial for this look and are easy to find in craft shops or online. To make it extra quirky, add buttons that are either evenly spaced around the pumpkin or pushed together to spell out seasonal words and phrases like "Trick or Treat" or "Boo!".
If you do not carve a pumpkin, there's no need to boycott the Jack-o-Lantern tradition. Turn it on and use simple decorations to burst your pumpkin. Whether you enhance it with a colorful crayon rainbow or cover it in cute office supplies, this bright orange pumpkin is still screaming Halloween. And no matter how you decorate it, it will look perfect on your porch.