No Carve Pumpkin Decorating

Once a month, a group of us get together for a crafting day. We all really look forward to a few hours of girl time, and, of course, making cool things. This month we decided to go with decorating pumpkins, for obvious reasons :P. We trekked out to a local pumpkin patch and got a nice assortment of small to medium sized ones, plus some extra goodies: Pumpkins in the back of a car

We decided we didn't want to mess around with carving, so we each brought stuff to decorate. There was glitter, paint, rhinestones, buttons, ribbon...all kinds of stuff! We used spray paint as a base for a few of them, which worked well as long as you weren't messing around with them too much afterward (they spray paint didn't adhere super well but definitely enough to work).

Spray painting a pumpkin

Destiny did an awesome drip on one of hers:

pumpkin spray painted black

She eventually added some cobwebs and hot glue/glitter spiders (this is a genius idea and I may steal it to do a tutorial one of these days!):

Spider decoration made from hot glue

Meanwhile, I started rhinestoning my littlest pumpkin, which was super time consuming, so if you decide to try this...use a really small pumpkin! I actually didn't end up finishing it that day, so I need to do the bottom half at some point this week.

Pumpkin with rhinestones on it

Britney decided to decorate a few of hers with buttons, and I think you'll agree that they turned out so cute:

Pumpkins with button faces

That baby pumpkin with the pacifier is the best, seriously. The rest of hers (she was making some to give to family) were also pretty adorable:

Pumpkins decorated with paint and glitter and ribbons

Like the rhinestones, the ribbon was pretty time consuming, so give plenty of time for that one too. I think it's cute enough to be worth it, but if your time is limited, glitter is always a good option! I used painters tape to section one of mine and took the opportunity to put tons of orange glitter on it.

Pumpkins with black stripes and orange glitter

D found this bigger green pumpkin at the patch and turned it into a grinning witch with a glittery hat:

Pumpkin with a pained witch face

And for my last two, I went with glitter polka dots, bows, and flowers (affixed with a hot glue gun):

Pumpkin painted bronze with glitter polka dots and a bow

And black with pink polka dots (painted with my Martha Stewart craft paint). The dots on both of these were made with the end of one of the glue sticks that goes in a hot glue gun.

Pumpkin painted black with pink polka dots

These were really fun and easy alternative to carving (and should last longer), and they look great on our porch!

Painted and glittered pumpkins sitting on front steps