DIY: 3 No-Carve Pumpkin Designs

Pumpkins are hands-down my favourite part of autumn… I mean, I named my cat after the vegetable FGS. I’m kind of over carving this year though. Messy, and just so goddamn hard for someone as weak as me, I’m opting for the no-carve method and I’m sharing with you three ways I customised mine!
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Method 1: Easy Adhesives

Remember those amazing transfer tattoos you used to buy when you were younger? Well you can pimp your pumpkin with basically the same method! I found a pack of adhesives in varying colours in the local Poundland, and it’s a brilliant way to accessorise them with minimal effort. Simply cut out your design, remove the plastic film, place face down on the pumpkin and dab the paper with a wet paper towel, leaving for 30 seconds afterwards. Peel away and your design should have transferred! If your pumpkin is sitting outside, you may want to seal it, so spray with hairspray to make the design last a little longer.

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Method 2: Marbled Pumpkins

I totalled stuffed the Pinterest vs real life theory and decided to make one of my pumpkins just as pretty as I’d seen on the internet- I’d spotted a white pumpkin with a beautiful blue marbled exterior and wanted to emulate the idea. After a wee bit of Googling, I found out how to create the look and wanted to share it with you!

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What You’ll Need:
A pumpkin
Some nail polish (of your own choice of colour(s))
A bowl of lukewarm water
White Acyrlic paint (optional)

If you can get a white pumpkin, I definitely would for this! I had a normal orange pumpkin and painted it white with acrylic paint which was fine but a small patch hadn’t dried so the back of the pumpkin was a little messy hehe.

As I said above, paint the pumpkin white, and seal the pumpkin with hairspray, as I found mine was sticky for almost 2 days! Once you’ve done that, pour some lukewarm water into a bowl- it needs to be large enough to be able to dip your pumpkin in, so bear this in mind.

Pour some polish into the water- if it’s warm enough, it’ll float and that’s what you want. While it’s floating, use a cocktail stick to stir it round and you’ll start to see a marble effect. The polish will seem to form a skin and that’s when you know the pumpkin is good to be dipped! Dip and spin around in the water and you’ll find the polish will stick to it instantly.

Leave to dry and spray again with hairspray to seal the look!

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Method 3: Painterly Pumpkins

This third method was my attempt at adding some cutesy floral-ness to pumpkin decorating! I loved the idea of adding dark, rich colours to decor, so I decided to jazz one of my pumpkins up with acrylic paint.

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What You’ll Need: 
Acrylic paints of your choice


Firstly, I added a black base covering the whole pumpkin. Depending on your paint, this could need 1-2 coats so just judge it for yourself. The key is to make sure it’s dry before jumping in and painting again. With this kind of look, it’s all about layering to create that thick, brushstroke look so patience is key!

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I moved on to the pink flowers next, painting a rough shape before going in with a slightly darker colour. White strokes with yellow and red form the middle of your flower- like I said before, just make sure each colour is dry before layering another one on top, you don’t want them to mix. I added two shade of green to create the leaves, before highlighting with touches of yellow and adding little dots of yellow as highlights.

For the stem, I created a gradient by mixing the black and white to get variants of grey, but you could make the pumpkin even more ornate with something silver or gold. Leave to dry, spray with hairspray and you’re done!



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  1. October 17, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I really love the marbled pumpkin and the transfer one with Happy Halloween on!! They look super cute. Mostly though, and I’m really sorry, I love your cat!! 🙂 xx

    • lifewithmariaeva
      October 17, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      haha Holly, she totally steals the show doesn’t she? too curious that little one is…

  2. Emma Drury
    October 18, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I love these!!! I do love carving pumpkins but it is super messy so if I end up getting more than one pumpkin I’ll definiteky do a design like this ?
    Emma |

    • lifewithmariaeva
      October 18, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      omg yeahh! I’m so weak as well, really not good with the carving so this was defo an easy option!

  3. October 18, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    We are planning on painting some of our pumpkins this week, just makes a changes from scary cut out faces.

    • lifewithmariaeva
      October 18, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Definitely, wanted to create something a little different from the classic!

  4. October 19, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Oh-my-gosh!!!! I love this. So creative

    • lifewithmariaeva
      October 19, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks Sophie!! x

  5. October 20, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    These are amazing, you are the pumpkin queen!!! x

    • lifewithmariaeva
      October 20, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Hahaha Gemma! I am a little bit obsessed for sure 🙂

    • lifewithmariaeva
      October 23, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Defo I’m not going to lie, I’m not into the elaborate carving as I have small hands and not much strength hehe!

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