39 Pumpkin Decorating Ideas Anyone Can Master

Channel your inner Picasso. You got this.

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Carving isn't the only way to dress up a gourd for Halloween. Mix up your traditional designs with these super fun pumpkin decorating ideas. The best part? You get to skip the gross step of hollowing out the inside!

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Confetti Pumpkin

A confetti pumpkin = instant party.

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More: 12 Glitter Pumpkins That Will Glam Up Your Porch This Halloween

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Cones

Never not thinking about food.

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Courtesy of Sugar and Charm
Concrete Pumpkins

Meet pumpkins so chic, you'll want to display them year-round.

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Courtesy of Sugar & Cloth
Sequin Polka Dot Pumpkins

These pumpkins are all the glam, none of the gore.

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Day of the Dead Pumpkins

We know how we're celebrating Dia de los Muertos this year!

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Mike Garten
Flower Sash

After coating your gourd in a new bright hue, add some texture with fresh blooms. Full-petaled favorites like chrysanthemums, dahlias, and ranunculus are your best bet.

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polka dotted pumpkin
Mike Garten
Polka Dots

An all-white pumpkin can be easily made glam with some polka dots and fresh, seasonal florals.

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Studio DIY
Sprinkled Donuts

Make mini gourds look good enough to eat by painting on some vanilla, chocolate and strawberry frosting—complete with rainbow sprinkles, obviously.

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Monochrome "Punkins"

Cheesy puns aren't just for Valentine's Day cards. These cheeky messages will win over even the grimmest trick-or-treater.

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Handmade Charlotte
Stenciled Patterns

Vibrant décor chalk paint and stencils yield some pretty groovy pumpkins.

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SoCraftastic
Glowing Paint

By day, this colorful paint will set a vibrant tone on your doorstep, but by night it'll pop even more and ensure your handiwork is seen by the entire neighborhood.

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gold painted pumpkin
Romulo Yanes
Seasonal Letters

Spell out spooky messages by painting over stickers and then peeling them away.

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reverse silhouette painted pumpkins
Miki Duisterhof
Reverse Silhouettes

Instead of painting on your design, try going around it with the help of stencils.

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Mike Garten
Ribbon Bats

Don't worry about taping off neat lines. A jagged horizon can set the stage for a spooky swarm.

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Dana Gallagher
Black and White

For a super chic Halloween display, skip the orange and opt for white pumpkins. Use the free template to trace this bug specimen or sketch out a creepy silhouette of your own.

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Michael Partenio
"Stamped" Patterns

These intricate motifs are less painstaking than they look. Use stencils for neater (and faster) painting, right down to the fine lines.

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Jennifer Causey
Blackboard Drawings

Write out a new spooky message every day thanks to a versatile coat of .

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James Baigrie
Negative Space

Strategically scratch off a coat of spray paint to reverse the classic color combination.

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Spooky Tree

Here's some motivation to finally declutter your bookshelf. A floor-to-ceiling display definitely wows more than a pile of old paperbacks.

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numbered pumpkins
BURCU AVSAR
Painted Numbers

As a seasonal alternative, display your house number on a pumpkin and place it outside your front door.

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QUENTIN BACON
Black Lace

Give your pumpkins a ghastly look by dressing them in . It eerily mimics a spider web in an unexpected way.

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The Casual Craftlete
Matte Hues

Get a textured finish courtesy of trendy chalk paint. These mini pumpkins can do double duty at a Thanksgiving table, too.

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Aww, Sam
Edgy Cactus

These cacti pumpkins are there for you when you're missing summer hard.

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Craftberry Bush
Blue Porcelain

Take your fave china pattern to your pumpkins—use a stencil and to recreate every detail.

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Freutcake
Handwritten Message

Paint your pumpkin black, and then write out a spooky message with a .

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Cuckoo 4 Design
Golden Studs

Add texture to an otherwise smooth surface with .

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Practically Functional
Teal

The color teal may not be a common autumnal hue, but it's still pretty stunning on your front porch. Even better than the aesthetic? has encouraged over 100,000 households to let trick-or-treaters with a food allergy know they can .

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My Sweet Savannah
Chevron Style

This classic print looks great on a pumpkin. Create perfectly even lines by painting over a taped-on pattern.

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Lil Blue Boo
Owl Eyes

This blogger was inspired by sugar skulls when crafting these owl pumpkins. Use a thin permanent marker to make every detail appear.

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Silver Leaves

Bury your pumpkin in an array of silver, courtesy of some and leaves.

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