Generally speaking, the month of October and even more specifically the days leading up to Halloween are for many, traditionally synonymous with carving pumpkins in the spirit of the season. That said, it’s not the only way to show some autumn spirit and make the most out of your orange bundle of joy.
If you waited until the last minute and now realize you don’t really have time to create that masterpiece you had in mind or if you just aren’t a skilled carver no matter how much time you have, there are plenty of ways to dress up a pumpkin without the mess and the hassle. All it takes is a little do it yourself initiative. Here are some of our favorite no-carve pumpkin DIYs.
Pin It: Pushpins come in many colors and can make for quite a fancy pumpkin. Simply press the pins in your pumpkin, spaced and arranged to your liking, either in a designated pattern, or sporadically like polka dots. Consider mixing in pins that include shapes other than circles, such as triangles or squares. If you can get your hands on some old-school traditional brads—you know the ones you used to bind papers together as a kid—they can also make for a cool spotted pumpkin to display on your stoop.
Bedazzle It: When it comes to bedazzling, there are no rules. In fact, you can affix virtually anything you want to your pumpkin—beads, glitter, buttons, pom poms, rhinestones. If aren’t an avid crafter and don’t have this kind of stuff lying around, fear not. Target sells a $3 kit that comes complete with sequins and gold glitter paint, allowing you to do a quick bedazzling job. And who knows, it might even be on clearance by Halloween day.
Paint It: For those with mad painting skills, we applaud you. And if painting a true work of art on your pumpkin excites you, we say go for it. For the rest of us, there’s spray paint. Simply partition the portion of the pumpkin you don’t want to paint with painter’s tape and spray the rest to your liking. Just be sure to set your pumpkin atop newspaper to avoid painting your floor or other surface. (You can use the IN for this—it won’t hurt our feelings. Just make sure you’ve read the entire issue first, OK?) For a contrast with the pumpkin’s natural hue, try bold, bright colors and metallics.