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12 No Carve Kids Pumpkin Decorating Ideas to Try with Process Art

by Jean Van't Hul
August 1, 2021
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These no-carve kids pumpkin decorating ideas are fun for all ages! They’ll make your pumpkins look great and last a long time.

Updated September 2021

Carving pumpkins is a Halloween tradition, but it’s not very little-kid friendly. Plus you need to wait until practically Halloween Eve if you want your Jack-o’-lantern to look good for the big night.

These process art pumpkin decorating ideas are different.

They are great for little kids (and big!), look great, and are long lasting since they are no-carve. So it’s a big win all around.

You can start decorating your pumpkins as early as they become available in the pumpkin patches, stores, and farms, get into the Halloween spirit, and have great Halloween decorations all month long.

Pumpkin decorating ideas for kids - pour painted pumpkins
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Plus, these process art pumpkin decorating ideas for kids make for great seasonal art invitations as well as party activities and family art sessions.

Kids Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

This post contains affiliate links.1) Pumpkin Painting

Paint your pumpkin with a brush or with your fingers. Black and white look especially striking on pumpkins, but you can use any colors.

We especially like BioColor paint for painting on pumpkins as it adheres well and dries shiny, but tempera paint will work too.

Further Reading: Pumpkin Painting with Kids is the Perfect Halloween Sensory Activity

Kids Pumpkin Decorating Ideas - Decorate with Stickers
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2) Decorate Your Pumpkin with Stickers

Use stationery store stickers such as hole reinforcement stickers, circle stickers, or mailing labels (try cutting some into triangles!) to decorate your pumpkins.

12 Kids Pumpkin Decorating Ideas - Sticker Resist Pumpkins
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3) Sticker Resist Pumpkins

You can use the idea above and take it one step further by doing sticker resist art on your pumpkin. Simply paint over the stickers and pumpkin, then remove the stickers to reveal your design.

Note: Use tempera paint rather than the BioColors I mentioned earlier for this one. The stickers will be easier to remove.

12 Kids Pumpkin Decorating Ideas - Scribble Pumpkins
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4) Scribble Drawing Pumpkins

Scribble, doodle, and draw all over your pumpkin with Sharpie permanent markers, crayons, or oil pastels.

Kids Pumpkin Decorating Ideas - Color Your Pumpkin
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5) Color Your Pumpkin

Use crayons, oil pastels, or tempera paint sticks to color your pumpkin.

Note: A Toddler Art Class used gel crayons to color this white pumpkin. An older child could color an entire pumpkin with crayons if they wanted to!

Zentangle pumpkins! (Plus click through for 11 more kids pumpkin decorating ideas that fun for all ages, look great, and last a long time.)
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

6) Pumpkins Zentangle Style

Use Sharpie markers to doodle different tangle designs in each vertical pumpkin section. Chalk markers work, too, but are not permanent.

Further Reading: How to Make Zentangle Leaves with Sharpies for Fun

Easy polka dot pumpkins! (Plus click through for 11 more kids pumpkin decorating ideas that fun for all ages, look great, and last a long time.)
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

7) Polka Dot Pumpkin Decorating

Use a pompom held in a clothespin to print dots all over your pumpkin with paint.

Polka Dot Pumpkins with Q-tip Pointillism
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Or try Q-tip pointillism for smaller polka dots.

12 Kids Pumpkin Decorating Ideas - Painting Pumpkins with Face Paint
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8) Decorate A Pumpkin with Face Paint

Draw facial features on the pumpkin first with Sharpies (optional) then decorate with face paint. We’ve used and like a Snazaroo face paint kit.

Bonus: you can wash it off and start again as often as you like!

Splatter paint pumpkins! How fun! (Plus click through for 11 more kids pumpkin decorating ideas that fun for all ages, look great, and last a long time.)
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

9) Splatter Paint Pumpkins

Use a splatter painting technique to give your pumpkin a Jackson Pollock effect. Hint: Do this one outside!

paint covered pumpkin
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

10) Decorate a Pumpkin with Pour Paint or Drip Paint

Pour or drip paint over the top of the pumpkin and watch it drip down the sides of the pumpkin to create a neat effect.

washi tape on white pumpkin
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11) Washi Tape Pumpkin Decorating

Wrap washi tape around your pumpkin in any design you like. Or use pieces of the washi tape like stickers.

Here’s a festive set of Halloween washi tape! And glow-in-the-dark tape would be fun for this, too.

clay faces on pumpkins
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

12) Add Clay Faces to Your Pumpkin

Use modeling clay or playdough to add three dimensional faces (or other designs) to your pumpkin.

Further Reading: Make Awesome 3D Pumpkin Faces with Playdough and Poke-Ins

skeleton and pumpkins
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

How about you? Which of these kids pumpkin decorating ideas would you like to try?

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