38 Modern No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas to Try Before Halloween

By Casey Harper • Updated on 02/15/2024

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas that are modern, cool, and easy to execute. There are 38 pumpkins designs on the list, so you’re bound to find at least a couple that fit your style. 

No-carve pumpkins using white paint to create quirky pumpkin faces.

Carving pumpkins can be a mess…and maybe even a little dangerous if you’ve never used a carving hand saw.

Which is why every Halloween, I search for new no carve pumpkin ideas to try instead of picking up a carving tool. Who’s with me?

Every pumpkin becomes a tiny canvas when you opt for pumpkin designs that don’t involve a knife. Right?!

So, it’s no surprise that I gravitate towards Halloween pumpkin ideas that use paint, stencils, stickers, fabric, tissue paper…and well, anything else you can think of (as long as it’s not carved).

And because I’m obsessed with no carve pumpkin ideas, I rounded up a whole bunch of my favorites to share: 38 of the most modern, cool looking DIY pumpkins I could find!

Want to take a peek and try some of these pumpkin decorating ideas with me this Halloween?

38 No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Monochromatic and modern ideas for no-carve pumpkin-decorating

Monochromatic Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

1. Moon Phase Pumpkins

How about these Moon Phase Pumpkins from Homemade Banana?

Click to see all the phases lined up on her porch. They’re definitely something to howl about.

2. Terrazzo Cuties

These DIY Tiny Terrazzo cuties from Ctrl + Curate are so sweet and would make a super cute centerpiece.

You can also try the same pumpkin painting idea on larger pumpkins too for the front porch.

3. Moon and Star Pumpkins

These DIY Moon and Stars Pumpkins from Oh So Beautiful Paper remind me a little bit of the moon and stars baby costume I made for Hayes last year.

Doing both would make for an adorable Halloween photo, don’t you think?

4. Optical Illusion No Carve Pumpkins

Here’s a super neat Optical Illusions Pumpkin from Martha Stewart!

It would be cool to try making these in different colors for a colorful pumpkin porch.

5. Paint Pen No Carve Pumpkin Decorating

You think you’d be able to paint those small details?

Lovely Indeed shows you how to make these DIY Paint Pen Pattern No Carve Pumpkins.

6. Leather Painted DIY Pumpkins

These DIY Flying Letter Painted Pumpkins from The Beauty Dojo are super easy and really minimal for those looking for a simple, but pretty way to decorate their pumpkins.

Make it a little interesting by creating hidden messages in each pumpkin by scrambling the letters to a secret phrase!

7. Dripping wax no carve pumpkins

Here’s a creepy and cool way to decorate your pumpkins.

Pottery Barn shows you how to make these dripping wax no carve pumpkins.

8. Winking Eye DIY Pumpkins

I love this Winking Eye Pumpkin from Idle Hands Awake!

She includes a template which makes this a really easy option!

Colorful DIY ideas for pumpkin decorating without carving anything

Quirky, Colorful Pumpkin Decorating

9. Pun-Kins!

These DIY Pun-Kins (get it?) from Studio DIY are so punny (last one, I promise).

Can you think of any other Halloween puns?

10. Cat Eye Pumpkin Idea

If you haven’t already tried out my Creepy Cat Eye No Carve Pumpkins, this might be the year.

These are probably one of the easiest pumpkin designs in this list which makes it perfect to do if you’re short on time or decorating with kids.

11. DIY Globe Pumpkins

Want to have the whole world in your hands?

If you’re good with a paint brush, The Globe Pumpkin from Martha Stewart would be a fun pumpkin to try.

12. Matisse Pumpkins

These DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins from Oh So Beautiful Paper are so cute and super kid-friendly.

13. Letterboard Pumpkins

If you already have a letter board, these Letterboard Pumpkins from A Girl and a Glue Gun are really easy and look great too.

You can write out a few different phrases, or make a whole message using a few pumpkins.

14. Painted Party Pumpkins Idea

How cute are these Painted Party Pumpkins from Handmade Charlotte?

These festive pumpkin buddies make the perfect party-goers for your Halloween bash.

15. Balloon Dipped Pumpkins

Looking for a quick pumpkin decorating ideas?

My Balloon Dipped Pumpkins DIY is a super quick no carve pumpkin idea that takes 60 seconds or less to make.

This one was featured on the cover of Good Housekeeping in 2016, so I was pretty excited about that.

16. Office Supply Pumpkin Idea

This pumpkin is decorated with, believe it or not, paper brads!

A Subtle Revelry gives us a few easy Office Supply Pumpkin Designs that are super easy and use things you might already have around the house.

Minimal, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas for Halloween that are unique and modern

Minimal, Modern Pumpkin Decorating

17. Sequin Pumpkin DIY

For some sparkle, try these DIY Sequin Polka Dot Pumpkins from Sugar and Cloth.

Mix it up by using different color sequins or painting your pumpkins different colors.

18. Mud Cloth Pumpkin Idea

I love these DIY Mud Cloth Pumpkins from Homey Oh My. I especially love these color combos.

I think this pattern would look so pretty with mustard yellow and a rusty red too. What colors would you use?

19. No Carve Patterned Pumpkins

Homey Oh My also made these cute DIY Patterned Pumpkins.

I love that triangle confetti pumpkin!

20. Painted Dash Pumpkins

How about these DIY Halloween Pumpkins with Painted Dashes from Dream Green DIY?

I adore this color palette!

21. Painted Pumpkins DIY

These Painted Pumpkins from Harper’s Bazaar are a modern take on the classic carved pumpkins, but SO much easier!

22. DIY Brushstroke Pumpkins 

You can make these DIY Brushstroke Pumpkins from The Merrythought with a few different color combos.

But I do like the neutral color combo she used.

23. DIY Paint Splatted Pumpkins

Channel your inner Jackson Pollock with these DIY Paint Splatted Pumpkins from Homey Oh My.

Not only are they a modern way to decorate your pumpkins, they’re super easy to make and are kid friendly (if you have a tarp or do them outside, of course).

24. DIY Cathrineholm Pumpkin

How pretty is this DIY Cathrineholm Pumpkin from Vitamini Handmade inspired by the Scandinavian mid century enamelware?

Search Cathrineholm for some color combo inspiration for more pumpkin painting ideas.

Various colorful and clever DIY pumpkin decorating projects (part of a roundup of nearly 40 pumpkin ideas)

Playful Pumpkin Decorating

25. Happy Pumpkins

These little DIY Happy Pumpkins from The Crafted Life are so sweet and take less than 10 minutes to make!

26. No Carve Rattan Pumpkins

How cute are these DIY Rattan Pumpkins from Idle Hands Awake?

Try painting the caning black for a creepier version or white to look like spider webs.

27. Initial Pumpkins

Another simple, but really pretty no carve pumpkin idea is this DIY Gold Initial Pumpkin from Alice and Lois.

28. No Carve Watercolor Pumpkins

I still really love these DIY No Carve Watercolor Pumpkins I did a few years ago that can be painting in any combination of colors to coordinate with different decorated pumpkins.

What colors would you use?

29. DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

The House that Lars Built has done it again with these beautiful DIY Rainbow Pumpkins.

These would be perfect for a really big porch, or you can use small pumpkins for smaller spaces.

30. Fruit Pumpkins

For those in more tropical locations (or those who like a little quirk when it comes to Halloween decor) these DIY Fruit Pumpkins from Style Me Pretty are so cute!

Image of various painted pumpkin decorating ideas that are totally DIYable (and easy)

Painted Pumpkin Decorating

31. Minimal Pumpkin Idea

These simple but cute DIY Minimal Shape Pumpkins from Almost Makes Perfect are so easy to paint!

This would also be such a fun project for kids learning their shapes.

32. Pumpkin Faces

I’m swooning over these Painted Pastel Pumpkin Faces from The House that Lars Built that Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville painted.

These may be a little advanced for the average pumpkin painter, but they’re super inspiring!

33. No Carve Paint Pen Pumpkins

I’m still all about that trick or treat life since I made these No Carve Paint Pen Pumpkins that are scary easy.

34. Marbled Indigo Pumpkins

These Marbled Indigo Pumpkins from Alice and Lois are so pretty.

Try making them with grey or green nail polish for a witchy/smokey look.

35. DIY Rainbow Painted Pumpkins

The rainbow trend is everywhere so why not put it on a pumpkin?

These DIY Rainbow Painted Pumpkins from A Bubbly Life are precious and that color combo is so fun!

36. Tissue Paper Decoupage Pumpkins

How about these Tissue Paper Decoupage Pumpkins from Think. Make. Share.?

If you pre-cut the shapes, this could be a fun project for younger kids.

37. No Carve Pastel Pumpkins

These No Carve Pastel Pumpkins from The Sweetest Digs are a quick and easy way to add some spook to a cute pumpkin painting idea.

What words would you write?

38. Pantone Pumpkins

Try this trendy Pantone Pumpkin Painting idea from Posh Little Designs with the Pantone Color of the Year!

There you have it! It’ll be hard for me not to try them all. I definitely think Hayes would be into sticking paper brads into a pumpkin like number 36. I really want to try out Matisse inspired pumpkins in number 4.

Which one is your favorite of these pumpkin decorating ideas?

I’d be really curious to hear if anyone tries some of these pumpkin decorating ideas. Let me know how they turned out!

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