Carving pumpkins is inevitably messy, but leaving them as is can feel a tad boring. Luckily, those aren’t the only options you have for exhibiting the fruit. You can adorn them with flowers, lace, paint, and studs for a no-carve option that’ll surely elevate your home’s Halloween spirit. With some time, craft supplies, and a bit of imagination, you can dream up pumpkins that’ll impress anyone who sees them. Ahead, we’ve laid out plenty of ideas that will take your pumpkin from basic to remarkable. Display them all season long, or save them for next year if you decide to use faux pumpkins. No matter which design you go for, you’ll likely enjoy making and showing off any of these pumpkins this season. And while you’re at it, make sure the rest of your home is filled with cozy fall decor, too.
Here’s an easy way to give your pumpkin a new texture: Cover it in corn husks. You can use floral foam as the blog Paint Me Pink did here, or consider attaching them to a real or craft pumpkin.
These friendly little ghost pumpkins definitely won’t spook any passersby, but they will make anyone who looks at them smile.
Who doesn’t love sprinkles? This charming pumpkin—painted white and adorned with real sprinkles by Best Friends for Frosting—makes a fun and unexpected accent for your autumn table display.
Take your fave china pattern to your pumpkins. All you need is a stencil and paint marker to recreate every detail.
Get the tutorial at Craftberry Bush.
After coating your gourd in a new bright hue, add some texture with fresh seasonal blooms. Autumn favorites such as chrysanthemums, dahlias, and ranunculus make it particularly stunning.
These intricate motifs are less painstaking than they look. Use stencils for neater (and faster) painting, right down to the fine lines.
Scraps of calico fabric and decoupage create these pretty country-chic pumpkins. Use faux pumpkins and keep them forever, or decorate a real one to enjoy this year.
Get the tutorial at Country Living.
Give your pumpkins a gothic look by dressing them in lace. It eerily mimics a spider web in an unexpected way, or perhaps vines.