Easiest No-Carve Pumpkin Idea: Balloon Dipped Pumpkins DIY

Looking for no carve pumpkin ideas? Try this one! 

Balloon dipped pumpkins DIY, with stacked pumpkins piled on top of each other.

In theory, I like the idea of pumpkin carving around Halloween time, but I just can’t bring myself to clean up the mess (and spend the time) to do it. So, I typically stick to no-carve pumpkin ideas instead. And this year, I have a new one that I thought I’d share because it’s SO insanely easy!

I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, BUT this might just be the easiest no-carve pumpkin tutorial ever. And possibly the quickest too….considering it takes about 60 seconds to complete. Toot toot. Whoops! Want to make your own?

Here’s how to make balloon dipped pumpkins in 60 seconds or less…

Small pumpkins piled up against a wall, with colorful no-carve decorating.

Supplies for Balloon Dipped No Carve Pumpkins

You only need three things to make these pumpkins for Halloween! Here’s what you need…

  • balloons
  • scissors
  • mini pumpkins

Clever No Carve Pumpkin Idea

1. Cut the stem off a balloon, so you’re just left with the larger bulb shape.

2. Pull the balloon over the bottom of a miniature pumpkin. Adjust the balloon to get the desired look. You can pull the balloon all the way up to the top and cover the pumpkin completely or lower it for a ‘dipped’ look.

Would love to try this idea with pattern balloons too, like these marbled ones. What about you?

Image of someone cutting a pink balloon with a pair of scissors.

Image of a woman covering a small pumpkin with a balloon.

Pretty simple, right? Here’s how they turned out…

Image of small pumpkins with colorful decoration, on white background.

Image of small balloon dipped pumpkins, in warm colors, with white background.

Image of colorful small pumpkins, decorated in warm colors, like pink and yellow.

Clever No Carve Pumpkin Idea

In theory, I like the idea of pumpkin carving around Halloween time, but I just can't bring myself to clean up the mess (and spend the time) to do it. So, I typically stick to no-carve pumpkin ideas instead. And this year, I have a new one that I thought I'd share because it's SO insanely easy! I don't want to toot my own horn or anything, BUT this might just be the easiest no-carve pumpkin tutorial ever. And possibly the quickest too....considering it takes about 60 seconds to complete. Toot toot. Whoops! Want to make your own? Here's how to make balloon dipped pumpkins in 60 seconds or less...
Total Time2 mins
Keyword: balloons, diy, halloween, halloween diy, no carve pumpkin ideas, pumpkins
Author: Brittni
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • balloons
  • scissors
  • mini pumpkins

Instructions

  • Cut the stem off a balloon, so you're just left with the larger bulb shape.
  • Pull the balloon over the bottom of a miniature pumpkin. Adjust the balloon to get the desired look. You can pull the balloon all the way up to the top and cover the pumpkin completely or lower it for a 'dipped' look.

Notes

This works best with small to medium sized pumpkins because the balloons can only stretch so far. So keep that in mind.
Tried this recipe?Mention @paperandstitch or tag #paperandstitch!

Styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

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Wow! I didn’t know that the balloons stretch like that when they’re on the pumpkin! It looks like you just hand painted the pumpkin! How adorable and super simple!

Eden Passante

Hi Kay. Without seeing the pumpkins and balloons its hard to say for sure. It sounds like either the pumpkins are too small for the balloons or the balloons are too big for the pumpkins. I used pretty small balloons, especially for the small pumpkins. But had no trouble getting them to stay on once I got them over the largest part of each pumpkin. You want the balloons to be tight enough where it takes a little effort to get them on. Hope that helps.
-Brittni

Brittni

Took my small white pumpkins to the party store. Bought several sizes of balloons but could not get any of them to stay on. The balloon slid off the first try and broke in half on the second try. The party store manager insisted that they were “quality” balloons.
What am I doing wrong?

Kay

Let me know how it goes Laurie. 🙂

Brittni

Saw these in the cover of Good Housekeeping!!!! I am in our Garage now giving it a Lucy try… Thanks for sharing these great idea. My best to you’. Laurie Hefler- Hyatt.

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