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Easy Fall or Halloween Craft: No Carve DIY Boo Pumpkins

Easy Fall or Halloween Craft: No Carve DIY Boo Pumpkins

Here’s an easy, fun Fall craft to make with your family: No Carve DIY Boo Pumpkins! Show the spirit of Halloween.. without as much mess!

When it comes to decorating for Halloween, there are the people who go all out with the skeletons, ghost projector lights, and a full-on cemetery in their front yard.

And then there are those who prefer something a bit less scary, and instead, opt for a more inviting atmosphere… like we do. πŸ™‚

DIY Boo Pumpkins

While some kids love getting messy with pumpkin carving, I’m a bit over the mess. We can get roasted pumpkins seeds in bulk, so I really have no reason to have a pumpkin rotting on my stoop for 3 weeks! Instead, I’ll use pumpkins for this easy home decor idea: no carve DIY Boo Pumpkins! 

So I have a few reasons that even those who love pumpkin carving would love this idea:

DIY Boo pumpkins

  • When kids have a field trip to the pumpkin patch, they come back with the little pumpkins. These do not make great jack-o-lanterns. For this reason, with just 3 of the mini pumpkins, you can still show your festive side.
  • They can be put out weeks before halloween and not rot!
  • These work for Fall decor as well, so you don’t have to worry about them sticking around well into November. (Personal tip: Paint the back sides of them “FUN!” or with an outline of a “leaf” to make them a reversible option! Once Halloween is over, show the backside to those passing by! 

No Carve DY Boo Pumpkins

When it comes to decorating for Halloween, do what works best for you and your family. If making elaborate carvings to showcase your love for your favorite team isn’t something that bring joy to you, then don’t try to keep up with the Joneses! Do it like the Browns and try this “No Carve” Boo Pumpkins instead. And, if you end up at a Pumpkin Carving party, you can still choose to make the mess, just bring plenty of paper and realize that rotting pumpkins can attract pests, so clean up the pumpkins as soon as you can! πŸ™‚

No Carve Boo Pumpkins

DIY Boo Pumpkins

Materials used:

DIY Boo Pumpkins

3 medium or large pumpkins

1 bottle of enamel gloss black paint

1 paint brush

stencil letters



hot glue gun


  1. Wash the pumpkins and pat dry.
  2. Stencil each letter on the pumpkin using a pen.
  3. Paint the letter and sprinkle glitter over the wet paint.
  4. Make a bow and glue it on one of the pumpkins, or add bows to each pumpkin whichever you prefer.
  5. Allow to air dry before putting it outdoors.

Enjoy your Halloween, and be sure to take photos of the kids in their costumes as these adorable no carve boo pumpkins will make a great photo props for family portraits too!

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Easy Fall or Halloween Craft: No Carve DIY Boo Pumpkins
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. Sarah
    11/04/2020 / 4:32 pm

    What a great pumpkin craft I love the glitter added.

  2. 10/10/2020 / 5:10 am

    Super cute! I love the idea of decorating the pumpkin and not carving it as carving can be messy and frustrating if you don’t end up with the design you want. But carving is also fun!

  3. Natalie
    10/09/2020 / 9:18 pm

    This is such a fun idea. I love what your did with these pumpkins. I will definitely make this to decorate my house. Thanks!

  4. 10/09/2020 / 6:00 pm

    Your unique creative flair with pumpkins, for Halloween, is worthy of note.

  5. Ben
    10/09/2020 / 11:40 am

    This is a great idea. They look cool, and they’ll last a lot longer than a carved pumpkin.

  6. Alexis
    10/09/2020 / 11:03 am

    My kids love decorating pumpkins like this. I’ll have to grab some of this paint so they can make their own boo designs.

  7. 10/09/2020 / 10:16 am

    This is a brilliant idea! I’ve never liked carving out pumpkins!

  8. 10/09/2020 / 9:19 am

    I have never considered this style before. Cool idea!

  9. 10/09/2020 / 5:24 am

    What a nice and CLEAN idea for halloween! I love pumpkin season but I don’t like all the mess. This is a great idea!

    cute & little

  10. 10/09/2020 / 4:54 am

    halloween is here! and i already can read a lot of articles about great ideas. it’s great that we dont need to spend that much to celebrate. thanks for sharing. it’s very interesting!

  11. 10/09/2020 / 3:00 am

    I love decorating pumpkins like this or painting them because they last so much longer. And you are right that it is so difficult to carve a tiny pumpkin!

  12. 10/08/2020 / 10:56 pm

    Those are fun ideas for making pumpkin decorations without carving them. very creative! And still a fun activity with the kids.

  13. Candy Rachelle
    10/15/2019 / 12:00 pm

    Oh! Nice idea. I would try to share this to my friend who struggles in thinking of the craft

  14. 10/13/2019 / 10:21 am

    This seems like a much better way to decorate pumpkins because you can reuse them for some nice food.

  15. Alexis
    10/13/2019 / 9:33 am

    My kids would absolutely love a craft project like this one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. 10/12/2019 / 8:46 am

    An interesting idea to craft on pumpkins and make pumpkins more fascinating than ever.

  17. Erik the Hungry Traveller
    10/12/2019 / 5:03 am

    Im from the Philippines and pumpkins do not grow here. But when i visited America i searched for one and had a picture with it LOL. Next goal carving pumpkins or err not carve but decorate pumpkins

  18. Jasmine M
    10/11/2019 / 3:56 pm

    This looks like a great way to decorate pumpkins without the hassle of cleaning them out and carving them. I love this idea!

  19. Dalene Ekirapa
    10/11/2019 / 12:47 pm

    Oh my! Now I love your kind of decoration! I really don’t love the really spooky decorations so if we were celebrating Halloween over here, pumpkin decorations would be the way to go. So cute!

  20. 10/11/2019 / 11:12 am

    These is so great idea! I really love to make a non carve pumpkin. Kids can also make this one. And the thing is you can make this without a hassle. Good job!

  21. 10/11/2019 / 10:18 am

    I never did get a chance to do pumpkin craft because halooween is not a big thing here in PH and our pumpkins are different and not sure can be carved as like the ones shown here. I am happy seeing all these cute pumpkin crafts.

  22. Catherine Santiago Jose
    10/11/2019 / 9:55 am

    I love this idea, it’s simple, easy and yet beautiful. I will definitely making this with my kids, thanks for sharing!

  23. 10/11/2019 / 8:27 am

    Thanks for the ideas! I am currently looking for how to decorate the pumpkins for our classroom and this is a great idea!

  24. 10/11/2019 / 3:42 am

    Love this idea. It takes out the hard stuff of carving, (though it can also be sometimes fun) but when you are out of time, these tips will be fabulous.

  25. 10/11/2019 / 1:35 am

    Lovely BOO pumpkins. Great that you don’t have to carve them out as it can be dangerous and they only last a couple of days before they rot.

  26. Sudipa
    10/10/2019 / 11:25 pm

    These pumpkin decor looks so cute. I think I also prefer not so scary welcoming decor like this

  27. 10/10/2019 / 1:54 pm

    Carving takes so much time and it’s a little messy as well. I think this is a fun idea! Plus it’s convenient if you don’t have a lot of time to decorate for Halloween!

  28. 10/10/2019 / 12:42 pm

    This is a fabulous idea! I would love to try painting a pumpking this year compared to carving it as we usually do

  29. 10/10/2019 / 12:21 pm

    This is a super cute design idea! Usually, I do fall into the carved/scary pumpkin camp, but I like the idea of a kinder, gentler “Boo” pumpkin!

  30. 10/10/2019 / 11:33 am

    This is an awesome idea, I do not like carving at all and this is less messy. My daughter will enjoy doing this, she loves doing artwork on everything.

  31. Catherine Santiago Jose
    10/10/2019 / 4:07 am

    Oh I love this it so beautiful and I love making an easy craft like this. I am glad that I can now make a boo pumpkin without making any mess. Thanks for sharing!

  32. 10/10/2019 / 1:05 am

    Thanks for sharing this great craft with us. I think my 10 year old would love to make this with me. It looks beautiful

  33. 10/09/2019 / 11:26 pm

    I super love the designs, this is so exciting…I can’t wait to carve pumpkin with my kids, love it.

  34. Nate
    10/09/2019 / 6:47 pm

    All awesome ideas and I love the pumpkins!

  35. Tiffany La Forge-Grau
    10/09/2019 / 3:25 pm

    These look like some really cool decoration ideas! They would look cute on the porch!

  36. 10/09/2019 / 1:53 pm

    We love no-carve pumpkin options! It’s so much less messy and the pumpkins can survive so much longer!

  37. 10/09/2019 / 12:22 pm

    Well aren’t these just positively adorable! They look so professional too. I foresee a trip to the pumpkin patch with my littles soon… followed by a trip to Michaels!

  38. 10/09/2019 / 12:11 pm

    The no carve trend really seems to have taken off. It adds a whole new dimension to decorating pumpkins! We are still partial to getting our hands dirty and roasting up all those tasty seeds πŸ˜‰

  39. 10/09/2019 / 8:44 am

    No Carve Boo Pumpkins look doable, even for young kids. I love this idea so much.

  40. 10/09/2019 / 7:01 am

    I enjoy DIY, but I’m not very good at it! However, this is a simple idea! I’ll try it!

  41. 10/09/2019 / 6:03 am

    I love this idea – I hate carving pumpkins so this is the perfect way of using them for us

  42. Annemarie LeBlanc
    10/08/2017 / 7:16 pm

    This would be a really good idea. I mean even better if you have a cricut. Make awesome designs without the stress. Thanks for sharing. We will be going this route for pumpkin design this year.

  43. Our Family World
    10/08/2017 / 5:06 pm

    Thanks for this idea. This will make my pumpkin decor last longer. I can even make fun designs with less effort.

  44. Mary Edwards
    10/07/2017 / 2:58 am

    Love this idea. Carving is a mess in our house so this is great

  45. 10/07/2017 / 2:46 am

    I really hate carving pumpkins, so I always go with a painted option. I really like the simplicity of these, but also how they add a touch of elegance to the fall decor as well. Nicely done.

  46. 10/07/2017 / 2:31 am

    Love that pumpkins are in season and there’s plenty of things that we can do with them, including add them in the decorations that we have at home! This makes things easier, for sure. I’m going to have so much fun painting as well.

  47. 10/07/2017 / 2:23 am

    I love not having to carve pumpkins and not deal with the mess that comes with it. I think this is a pretty cool idea and I love how it turned out as well. It’s really lovely! Thanks for the idea!

  48. 10/07/2017 / 2:04 am

    Those are the absolute cutest. I love the sparkles, they’re the best part.

  49. 10/07/2017 / 1:58 am

    This is such a cute idea! I personally hate carving pumpkins because of the huge mess, and they never turned out as nice as I imagined. I will have to paint some Boo pumpkins this year!

  50. Rosey
    10/07/2017 / 1:49 am

    No carve pumpkins are my favorite. I hate that they rot so fast when you cut into them for designs.

  51. 10/07/2017 / 1:45 am

    We just decorated out stoop for Halloween and thought about doing BOO pumpkins but didn’t. Seeing how cute yours are, I kind of wished we did.

  52. brianne
    10/07/2017 / 1:11 am

    This is so up my alley! No carving for me sounds perfect and they look amazing!

  53. 10/06/2017 / 9:59 pm

    Brilliant. Why did I always think pumpkins had to be carved These look great, we will have to try this so there are no pumpkin innards to deal with!

  54. 10/06/2017 / 4:15 pm

    Those are great! One of my biggest pet peeves about pumpkins is how fast they deteriorate after you carve them. This does away with that.

  55. 10/06/2017 / 3:53 pm

    Those are super cute! I love the look and how easy they are to make. And bonus! They won’t rot away in two days like carved pumpkins.

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