Amazing Pumpkin Painting Ideas & Other No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

If you’re planning on making a no-carve Halloween pumpkin this year, you’ll love these unique pumpkin carving ideas – from roaring dinosaur pumpkins to simple emoji pumpkins. Many of the ideas are cute and some are creepy!

Pumpkin Drawing Ideas for Kids

Take a look at these pumpkin decorating ideas and we are sure you won’t be able to choose just one to implement this year.

*This post contains affiliate links*

Decorating pumpkins is one of the most fun things about Halloween. While classic carved pumpkins look great, especially when lit with candles, uncarved pumpkins are becoming more and more popular. Why? They’re easy to make and leave a lot of room for creativity.

You can use real pumpkins or craft pumpkins to make them (real pumpkins are great but craft pumpkins you can reuse next year and grow your painted pumpkin collection)

We share a collection of no-carving pumpkin painting ideas to spark your creativity as there are millions of ways you can decorate them.

Great pumpkin painting ideas and other no-carving pumpkin decorating ideas

Tip: how to paint pumpkins – what kind of paint should you use to paint pumpkins?

If you need to paint the entire pumpkin, spray paint or craft paint will do the trick.

Smaller areas are best painted with acrylic craft paint. This will not wash off in the rain if you plan to display your painted pumpkins outside.

Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Scarecrow PumpkinScarecrow Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Since fall is scarecrow season, this seems appropriate. You don’t have to paint the entire pumpkin.

Hair can be made of felt or tissue paper (napkin :)), face paint or use felt. Last but not least, find an old straw hat, decorate with a leaf or a sunflower and the pumpkin is ready to display.

T-rex dinosaur pumpkin decoration ideas

Dinosaur Pumpkin Ideas

Dinosaur Pumpkin Craft Ideas

This hatching tyrannosaur egg pumpkin is a brilliant idea! If you have an old dinosaur toy lying around and don’t know what to do with it – this is the one to make. Made by Tifanie Leckemby

See also Cotton Ball Snowman Craft – DIY Christmas Card

Homemade Unicorn Pumpkin

Unicorn Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Unicorns are all the rage lately and the same goes for decorating pumpkins. There are lots of ways you can decorate them – we painted our pumpkins white, added pink cheeks and closed eyes (with natural eyelashes).

The mane is made from tissue paper and the horn and ears are from an old unicorn Halloween costume hair band. Add floral details to make it all the more magical.

Rainbow Fish Pumpkin Decoration Ideas

Rainbow Fish Pumpkin Making Ideas

From the first time I read The Rainbow Fish to this day, this is still my favorite childhood book. Just like the book, this decorated pumpkin looks magical. The shiny and sparkling scales are mesmerizing. Done by Molly Reed.

Witch Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Witch Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Make a fun evil witch! To make this witch, we painted a pumpkin green and let it dry completely. Hair was made from tissue paper (napkins), felt is also great. If you are going to display the pumpkin inside, you can make a hat out of paper, otherwise we recommend buying a hat from the store (or a fabric hat). We used a green pom pom for the nose, which, if you ask us, makes a difference with this pumpkin painting idea.

Cactus pumpkin

Pumpkin Cactus Drawing Ideas

This is a simple and fun game that requires you to quickly go to a dollar store, buy a cheap basket if you don’t have one, green paint, fake flowers (we used a wreath/necklace), and white pom poms.

Paint the pumpkin with green acrylic paint. Let the paint dry. Glue white pom poms on for spikes. Attach flowers to the top and place your cactus pumpkin in the basket.

Bat pumpkin

Pumpkin Bat Drawing Ideas

Paint the pumpkin bat and add details. If it will be displayed inside, you can make paper wings and ears. For an outside display, black craft foam is best.

Pastel Stripes

If you want something simple but stunning, make pastel painted pumpkins. You will need two (or three) colors for each pumpkin.

See also Alphabet Finger Puppets

Choose a darker shade and a pastel shade of the same color family. Follow the veins on the pumpkin as a guide or paint the stripes by hand.

Pumpkin Pikachu

Pikachu pumpkin drawing ideas

If you have a Pokemon lover at home, why not make some this Halloween? You won’t be able to catch them all (or will you?) but it’s definitely fun to make a few. For Pikachu, paint the pumpkin with yellow acrylic paint or yellow spray paint. For indoor pumpkins, you can use construction paper to add details (and a hot glue gun to attach them).

Black and white painted pumpkin no carving required

If you want to add a little elegance to your porch or house this Halloween, you can paint it black and white.

You will need a good quality white paint for this pumpkin (it should not be transparent and not too thin) so that it looks good when painted over with the white paint. If your white paint is not the best, you will need to apply more than one coat (you can also change the paint, have a white base and add black details). If you are keeping the pumpkin indoors, you can also paint it with black paint and use a white chalk marker.

Lion decoration ideas

Lion Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

The lion is another easy idea, you can choose a natural color or paint the pumpkin yellow. The mane is made of tissue paper or felt and the ears are also made of felt.

Friendly Pumpkin Clown Drawing Ideas

Pumpkin clown drawing ideas

Clowns are strange characters – you can make a clown that’s super cute or something that’s a nightmare. And it’s pretty easy to make it the stuff of nightmares. We think closed eyes with lashes are the safest bet when it comes to making your clown cute and friendly.

Emoji Pumpkin Decoration

Emoji Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Everyone loves emojis! Why not turn your favorite emoji into a pumpkin this Halloween? We chose the heart eyes emoji, but any of them would look super cute. It only requires paint, so this is one of the best pumpkin painting ideas.

See also 3D Paper Zebra Craft

Fox Pumpkin Decoration Ideas

Pumpkin fox drawing ideas

One of the cutest no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas if you will! Make a face, ears, and tail out of felt to make it a little fuzzy. A great non-scary project for kids to do.

Pumpkin Donut

Paint the entire pumpkin pink or more detailed and just the top half pink for a real donut look. Paint the sprinkles different colors.

Chicken ideas

Pumpkin Chicken Drawing Ideas

If you’re going to be a fox, why not be a chicken too?


Mummy Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Have some old bandages and looking for a clever way to reuse them? Make a mummy! Perfect for Halloween.

Polka dots

Polka dots are another easy idea for creating an eye-catching pumpkin without carving. You can leave the pumpkin as is (naturally) or you can paint it with a coat (or multiple coats). Paint the dots in any color you like (the best tool to use is a round sponge brush, which you can find in the kids’ craft sections of craft stores).

Frankenstein’s monster

Frankenstein Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Another idea for a Halloween monster. Paint the pumpkin green and let it dry. Once dry, continue painting the hair, eyes, and other details of the Frankenstein monster black.

Ninja Turtles

Ninja Turtle Pumpkin Drawing Ideas

Paint the pumpkin green. Paint the eyes white. Cut a strip of orange, purple, red, or blue fabric and cut holes for the eyes. Glue the fabric to the pumpkin. Paint the eyes black.

Fairy tale house

Uncarved Pumpkin House

No Carving Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

Have fun creating beautiful pumpkin designs!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

Want instant access to all of our printable crafts, activities, and resources?

With thousands of printable crafts, activities, worksheets, coloring pages, and drawing tutorials, you’ll always have the resources you need at your fingertips. Perfect for parents and teachers alike!

Sign up now and start printing!

Categories: Activities for Kids

Leave a Comment