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Spooky Fun: No-Carve Pumpkins

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Ready to decorate for Halloween? The kids will love helping with these DIY no-carve pumpkin projects that minimize mess and maximize fun! Thank you to Deborah at www.SuperMoms360.com for sharing her ideas.

Spooky Spider Pumpkin
Spooky Spider Pumpkin
A few simple materials will help turn a mini pumpkin into a “spooky” spider with this no-carve pumpkin decorating idea. A creepy crawly spider has never looked so adorable!

Supplies
Mini pumpkin
Black acrylic paint
2 Googly eyes
4 Pipe cleaners
Craft glue (or hot glue)
Paintbrush
Shellac or other sealant

Directions

  1. Use a damp paper towel or dishcloth to clean off your pumpkin and remove any dirt.  
  2. Pat completely dry.
  3. Paint the entire pumpkin (including the stem) with black paint.
  4. Allow paint to dry completely.  
  5. Seal with shellac to keep the paint from peeling.
  6. Fold pipe cleaners in half and cut them to create eight legs.
  7. Use the tip of a pen to poke eight small holes (four on each side) toward the top of the pumpkin.
  8. Carefully insert one pipe cleaner into each hole. Bend the pipe cleaners to look like spider legs.
  9. Glue eyes to the front of the pumpkin.



Pumpkin Bling with scrapbook materials
Pumpkin Bling
Use your favorite scrapbooking supplies to accessorize (or “bling”) your pumpkin. This no-carve pumpkin project is easy—and adds “sass” to an ordinary pumpkin.

Supplies
Medium pumpkin
Rhinestone letters (self-adhesive) or other scrapbook decorations
Festive Halloween ribbon

Directions

  1. Use a damp paper towel or dishcloth to clean off your pumpkin and remove any dirt.  
  2. Pat completely dry.
  3. Apply the self-adhesive rhinestone letters (or other decoration) to the center of the pumpkin. Use a dab of craft glue to reinforce, if necessary.
  4. Tie ribbon to the pumpkin's stem.



Magazine Mosaic Pumpkin
Magazine Mosaic Pumpkin
Earth-friendly recycling meets hip decor with this no-carve pumpkin decorating idea. Cut pictures and words from old magazines to create a mosaic that represents your unique style.

Supplies
Medium pumpkin
Old magazines
Decoupage glue
Paintbrush

Directions

  1. Use a damp paper towel or dishcloth to clean off the pumpkin and remove any dirt.
  2. Pat completely dry.
  3. Cut pictures, quotes and words from old magazines.
  4. Adhere each magazine clipping using decoupage glue (it’s OK to overlap clippings).
  5. When all the clippings are in place, use a paintbrush to cover the entire surface of the pumpkin with a coat of glue.
  6. Allow glue to dry completely; then display your pumpkin mosaic for others to admire!


Find more creative and festive ideas from Deborah Stallings Stumm at www.SuperMoms360.com.


Published October 2016