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17 Alternatives to Carving a Pumpkin

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17 Alternatives to Carving a Pumpkin
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It’s the first day of October and I’ve got Halloween on the brain! Possibly because I’ve been eating mini Kit-Kats like it’s my job.

Although I am pregnant and a stay-at-home mom. So maybe it is my job??

But anyways, my husband has told me the last two times I went apple picking that it’s too early to bring home a pumpkin.

Well guess what? Now it’s October and this lady is bringing home the pumpkin. (And more apples.) Or I will be bringing one home when I go pumpkin picking this Saturday.

What I WON’T be doing? Carving a pumpkin. It’s for suckers.

Here are 17 alternatives to carving a pumpkin…


You may notice that I like Glittered Pumpkins. Who doesn’t, right?

glitter ombre coating, painted pumkin carving alternative
Here’s another one– a simple Glitter Pumpkin from This Old House.

Pumpkins with cardstock
It doesn’t get any easier than making this happy couple with some black construction paper and tape. Get the exact details on how-to create Lashes & ‘Staches here.

Still obsessed with chevron? These are the pumpkins for you!

Black and White Halloween Decor
How gorgeous is this one? Black and White Glam Pumpkin from A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Decorate a Pumkin With Buttons and Ribbon
I also love buttons and polka dots, both of which are featured in this cutie.

Painted Pattern Pumpkins…for those who know their way around a paintbrush and some paint. (Not me, unfortunately.)

This decoupage photo pumpkin is a tad bit corny for my liking, but I’m sure some people would think it was just darling!

Quick and simple rustic glam fall decor - a Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin! Plus a tutorial on using Silhouette double-sided adhesive.
Why, yes, it’s possible that I am a bit partial to this glitter monogrammed pumpkin because it’s an “L” for Lindsay. It’s still gorgeous, though, and Unoriginal Mom shows you exactly how to craft this glittery beauty.

pumpkin with starched doilies, painted pumkin carving alternative
I feel like this is how Martha Stewart might decorate her pumpkins. With starched doilies.

Binky Babies
 O.M.G. Are these adorable or what?! How easy do the Binky Baby pumpkins look? Might I recommend our favorite pacifiers— guaranteed to soothe even the fussiest pumpkin?

  Masked Pumpkins

And the Masked Pumpkins let your pumpkins get in on the costume action, too.

Frankenstein Pumpkin
Presenting, the Friendly Frank Pumpkin, as seen in Parents magazine. That looks like a very specific shade of green you’d have to find, though!

pumpkin decorated with buttons, painted pumkin carving alternative
How about a Button Pumpkin?

This pumpkin was decorated entirely with leopard duck tape. Guess what it’s called? The Leopard Duck Tape Pumpkin.

Sparkly, girly, fun! Get more bang for your buck & use these a decor & as props in a fall shoot.
These pumpkins remind me of Cinderella’s magic coaches that took her to the ball.

Mummy Pumpkin
I made mummy pumpkins last year and they are so stinking easy and everyone complimented me on them.

You can find these and more Halloween-themed pins on my “Halloween” Pinterest board.

Have fun getting into the Halloween spirit this month!
I will be sharing pictures of whichever pumpkin designs I decide on and the #Pinterestfail that will surely result!
AND I will be posting pics of my Halloween window silhouettes, so stay tuned…



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  • laura
    October 1, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    oriental trading has ADORABLE foam stickers for kids to put faces on pumpkins. i also hate carving pumpkins – but i love toasting the seeds…

  • Lindsay
    October 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Well Laura, THAT would be a tricky one to get around!

  • Katie
    October 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Wegman’s sells what look like “lite brite” pegs and a battery operated candle for pumpkins. My mom said hammering the pegs with the wooden mallet occupied the little man for a good 30 minutes. Still requires the initial carving out, but the pegs are reusable, and it’s fun to make different patterns.

    • Lindsay
      October 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      What a cute idea, Katie!