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sparkle craft halloween special - four no-carve pumpkin ideas

In the Junkyard Tales story, “Halloween Magic,” Lil Mamma and Spiro have a bit of an ongoing competition during the Halloween season—whose costume is the best?

But this year the contest is surpassed by a mystery, when Ben Thompson, clever cat, tries to discover who is carving the beautiful jack-o-lanterns that keep showing up at his friends' homes in the junkyard.

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I will not spoil the story by revealing who Ben eventually discovers is responsible for the pumpkins, I will only say that I am a bit jealous of their skills. I love walking by houses that have pumpkins carved into portraits or intricate autumn scenes, but my hands just aren't steady enough to create one myself.

No, at our house, we do one simple jack-o-lantern, and usually leave the rest of our pumpkins uncarved. If you, likewise, don't have the skills or inclination for carved pumpkins—but still would like to make your pumpkins a bit more special—this post is for you.

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Below are four ideas for no-carve pumpkins that are still beautiful in their own right. While I have given directions below for certain colors of pumpkin to go with certain techniques, feel free to mix-and-match them, too. A teal pumpkin would be lovely with washi tape confetti, for example, or you could try a black pumpkin with melted crayon.

I don't guarantee that these ideas are less messy than carving a pumpkin, but they are both fun to look at and make.

Four No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

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Rainbow Crayon Melt Pumpkin


Old crayons


Hair dryer


This pumpkin is beautiful, but it's extra messy. I highly recommend making it outside, with old clothes on, and on a work surface that you don't mind getting some crayon droplets stuck to.

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Begin by peeling any paper wrapper that may be present off of the crayons, then glue the crayons in a ring around the stem of the pumpkin.

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Once the glue is dry, pull out the hair dryer and use it to melt the crayon in dribbles down the sides of the pumpkin.

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Spooky Glow-In-The-Dark Pumpkin


Black paint

Paint brush

Glow-in-the-dark puff paint

Mod Podge


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On a covered work surface, paint the pumpkin black and allow the paint to dry.

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Then, use the puff paint to draw a face. Allow the whole pumpkin to dry for at least 24 hours before putting it outside, and consider sealing it with a layer of Mod Podge if you want it to last longer.

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To get your pumpkin's face to really glow on Halloween night, shine a flashlight at the paint for a few minutes to “charge” it before your trick-or-treaters arrive.

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Confetti Washi Tape Pumpkin


White paint Paint brush Several colors of washi tape. Mod Podge


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On a covered work surface, paint the pumpkin white, and allow the paint to dry.

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Then, break off short pieces of washi tape and stick them all over the pumpkin to look like confetti. This is a great pumpkin decorating idea for smaller kids.

Once the pumpkin is covered in “confetti” to your satisfaction, seal the tape on with a layer of Mod Podge.

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Teal Pumpkin to Support Kids With Food Allergies


Teal paint

Paint brush

Mod Podge


A teal pumpkin on the porch advertises that you have non-food treat options available for kids with food allergies. If you're planning to offer non-food treats, this is also a great no-carve pumpkin decorating idea.

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On a covered work surface, paint the pumpkin teal and allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours before putting it outside. Consider sealing it with a layer of Mod Podge if you want it to last longer.

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Meryl Carver-Allmond
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Meryl lives in a hundred year old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two pre-schoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion--showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun--in her weekly Sparkle Kitchen posts.

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About The Junkyard Tales

Benjamin Thompson is an unusual name for a cat. But then Ben is an unusual cat. Whether by fate or by folly, he finds a home in an unusual place – a Junkyard. And there he finds his place in a community of delightfully unusual friends: a steadfast watchdog, a refined rat, a silly skunk, a wise old possum, and a host of helpful mice. Junkyard Tales delights in the joys, challenges, and adventures of friendship, community, and doing good in the world.