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Today on Studio 5 I shared a collection of No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas. I love how they turned out, if you love them too you’re in luck because I’m here to tell you how to accomplish each different one.
Because Frankie proved to be everyone’s favorite we’ll start with him. He’s so cute and was pretty simple. I freehand painted him so I don’t have an actual tutorial for him but you can use his face as a template!Frankie was the perfect use of my pumpkin that didn’t turn orange. Another super easy green pumpkin idea – a witch! Just add a black witch hat and you’ve got a Witchkin!
Next ideas can be accomplished with Cricut Design Space, black cardstock, and black outdoor vinyl. You can find the exact jack-o-lantern and EEEK! right in Cricut Design Space.
I used Outdoor Vinyl so these cuties can sit on my porch and the Cricut Explore Air 2 cut them out so quick. For the Jack-O-Lantern face I used the inside pieces and it went on awesome. The EEEK! being bigger was a little (and just a little) harder to lay flat on the pumpkin, snipping a few places here and there allowed it to lay flat without messing up the image. Cricut has a variety of spiders in design space, I found mine actually through google and just uploaded it. I bent his legs and used double stick tape to attach 4 legs to give him a 3D effect.
My other black and orange pumpkin was very simple to do and took next to no time at all to get painted, it did take a LONG time to dry, just be aware when you start this project it won’t be done done fast. It’s a great one to start with because it can be working on drying while you’re working on other projects. I saw a few ideas for this project across the internet, they often used a variety of colors and did drips here and there and let them run down the sides. For mine I dumped a bunch of black paint around the stem of the pumpkin and then tipped it from side to side to get the drips adding more paint as needed.
I love how the black paint came up the stem a little bit. Another fun take on this same idea that I just saw:
You can find the tutorial here at House of Joyful Noise.
The next few ideas I found in various places around the good ol’ internet. They’re so fun and pretty. First we’ve got the gold “dipped” pumpkin with flying bats. I again used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out all the bats. I used black cardstock, bent the wings up and then used a little double stick tape to attach them to the pumpkin. My inspiration for this pumpkin was this image from Good Housekeeping. Unfortunately they don’t have a link to where it came from. The gold paint took a few light layers to give it a rich gold look but since the layers are so light they dried quickly (can be sped up by using a blow dryer).
My glitter pumpkin idea came from my sweet friend Melissa over at Hollyhocks and Honeybees. She has created these beauties for years. You can find her tutorial here. She uses glitter and mod podge for a heavier glittered look. I used a glitter/glue paint which gives my glitter pumpkin a softer glitter sheen and I love it.
The last idea is from the Good Housekeeping cover and they got the idea from Paper & Stitch. These balloon wrapped pumpkins are so cute, be aware though that a 12″ round balloon only fits around the smallest of mini pumpkins. If you want to really wrap/dip a larger pumpkin you’re going to need to find jumbo balloons.
I hope you’ll have fun using these No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas, I sure had fun creating them all. I love that with most of these ideas you still have the ability to carve the pumpkin if you want as it gets closer to Halloween.