No time to scoop and carve your Halloween pumpkins? Just a few craft supplies will get your kids started decorating – no sharp knives needed!

Washi tape. Pick up some colorful Washi tape from a craft store, and cut or rip into strips or smaller pieces. Kids can go to town covering the pumpkin in the colorful tape. They can do stripes, lines or a quilted design.

Rainbow paint. Take a cardboard box and place your pumpkin inside. Let your kids pour and drip different colors on the pumpkin and let dry for an abstract design. To make the paint to stick to the pumpkin, make a 50/50 mixture with school glue and washable paint.

Glitter and rhinestones. Use a paint brush to spread school glue to cover the pumpkin, then let the kids sprinkle with glitter and stick on plastic rhinestones. You may want to take this one outside to avoid a glittery mess inside. If you don’t want to use paint brushes, have your child drip the glue down from the top for a candle-wax design, then cover with glitter.

Glow-in-the-dark paint. Use glow-in-the-dark paint from a craft store to paint a face or other designs on your pumpkin. Or  use the rainbow paint method above: Let kids drip the paint down the pumpkin, make dots to cover or paint other patterns and designs. These pumpkins will light up your driveway without light from inside.

Store bought option: No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Kit with Paint Sticks. This less-mess kit includes paint sticks that glide smoothly onto pumpkins and dry faster, along with glitter glue and a stencil sheet.

Recent Posts