Tutorial Tuesday: No Carve Upscale Pumpkins

Tutorial Tuesday: No Carve Upscale Pumpkins

Hey there, crafty friends! Can you believe it? We're just one week away from Halloween, and the excitement is palpable. Whether you're a Halloween enthusiast or simply looking to add a touch of fall charm to your space, we've got the perfect creative fix for you.

In this special edition of Tutorial Tuesday, we're diving into the wonderful world of no carve painted pumpkin projects. These aren't your typical jack-o'-lanterns; they're elegant, chic, and ideal for those who want to keep the Halloween spirit alive in a stylish way or embrace the cozy autumn vibes.

We've curated selection of tutorials from the web, each offering a unique twist on painted pumpkins. Get ready to infuse your home with the magic of the season, whether you're a seasoned DIY pro or just starting your crafting journey.


Spiderweb Painted Pumpkins

Looking to add a touch of spooky charm to your fall décor? These spiderweb painted pumpkins are the perfect way to infuse your space with just the right amount of Halloween whimsy.


  1. Prep Your Pumpkins: Select small pumpkins suitable for painting. Ensure they are clean and dry. Use matte black paint for the base.

  2. Paint the Base: Apply a smooth, even coat of black paint to each pumpkin. Let it dry completely.

  3. Create the Creepy-Crawly Webs: Use a fine-tipped white paintbrush to trace thin lines down the natural creases of the pumpkin, forming a web-like pattern.

  4. Connect the Dots: Delicately connect the primary lines with draped lines to complete the web effect, creating the illusion of delicate webs enveloping each pumpkin in an eerie embrace.

Check out Magia Mia for the full tutorial!

Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin

Transform any sized real or fake pumpkin into a stunning Buffalo Plaid masterpiece, infusing your space with classic autumn vibes. Pick two main colors, create the third color by blending of both, creating a rustic pattern that captures the essence of the season. Let's dive into the simple steps to bring this timeless fall charm to your pumpkin decor!

  1. Prepare the Pumpkin: Paint the entire pumpkin your lighter color and allow it to dry. Apply additional coats as needed for full coverage.
  1. Mark the Vertical Lines: Measure around the base of the pumpkin's stem and make a pencil mark every ¾". This can be adjusted to be bigger or smaller depending on your preference! Connect these marks with vertical lines down to the pumpkin's bottom, ensuring even spacing.
  1. Draw Horizontal Lines: Lightly draw evenly spaced horizontal lines around the pumpkin.
  1. Plan Your Colors: Map out the color placement on the pumpkin and mark each square accordingly. One row should alternative the base color and the mixed color, then the row underneath should alternate the mixed color and the darker color. Continue alternating rows down the pumpkin. See photo for reference.
  1. Paint the Design: Paint each square with the designated color, allowing the paint to dry between coats. Apply a second coat for complete coverage if needed.

Check out Positively Splendid for full tutorial!


Decoupage Pumpkins

Decoupage is a captivating crafting technique that involves decorating surfaces by applying cutouts or decorative paper onto objects, followed by multiple layers of varnish or glue. It's a wonderful way to add intricate designs and patterns to various items, creating stunning works of art.

  1. Gather Your Materials: Select a variety of decorative napkins featuring your preferred designs and patterns. Grab a small pumpkin that's clean and dry or a faux pumpkin. Get some Mod Podge or white glue, a small brush, and a pair of scissors.
  2. Prepare the Napkins: Carefully separate the decorative layer of the napkin from the plain layers. Cut out the desired motifs or patterns from the napkins, ensuring they fit well on your pumpkin.
  3. Apply the Napkins: Using the brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge or white glue to the pumpkin's surface. Gently place the cutout napkin motifs onto the pumpkin, smoothing out any wrinkles or air bubbles.
  4. Seal the Design: Once the motifs are in place, apply another layer of Mod Podge or white glue over the top of the napkins to seal them. Allow the pumpkin to dry completely.
  5. Finishing Touches: If you prefer, apply a final layer of varnish or Mod Podge to protect the design and give your pumpkin a glossy finish.

Check out diary of a debutante for full tutorial!


 Cable Knit Sweater Pumpkins

Ah, the embrace of a warm and cozy fall sweater - truly one of the most comforting feelings of the season. If you're yearning to infuse that same snug ambiance into your pumpkin decor, then this tutorial is just what you need! Whether you opt for the authenticity of real pumpkins or the longevity of faux ones, you can easily craft these delightful Cable Knit Sweater Pumpkins. Despite being one of the simplest painted pumpkin tutorials, the end result boasts one of the most impressive and inviting looks, perfect for capturing the essence of autumn in all its cozy splendor.


  1. Prep the Pumpkin: Ensure your pumpkin is thoroughly washed and dried, ready for the crafting process.

  2. Design the Cable Knit Pattern: Use a pencil to draw out your desired cable knit sweater pattern directly onto the pumpkin's surface.

  3. Apply the Hot Glue: Carefully follow your drawn design with hot glue, creating the textured cable knit effect on the pumpkin.

  4. Paint the Pumpkin: Choose either brushed chalked paint or spray paint in your preferred color and apply it evenly to the pumpkin's surface, covering the hot glue cable knit pattern.

  5. Optional Top Coat: For added durability and a polished finish, consider spraying the pumpkin with a clear top coat to seal the paint.

Check out Instructables for full tutorial!


 Watercolor Pumpkins with Sharpies

These pumpkins mimic the look of watercolors using Sharpie Markers and rubbing alcohol. Perfect for white craft pumpkins or real pumpkins painted with chalk paint, this technique allows you to infuse vibrant hues and a whimsical watercolor effect into your seasonal decor.


  1. Create Colorful Splotches: Use various Sharpie colors to draw splotches onto a plastic bag. Don't worry too much about the design, but consider how the colors will blend when mixed.
  2. Apply Rubbing Alcohol: Fill a medicine dropper with rubbing alcohol and carefully drop it onto the splotches. Watch as the Sharpie ink begins to spread and blend.
  3. Transfer the Design: Roll your pumpkin on top of the plastic bag to transfer the wet ink onto the pumpkin's surface. Alternatively, lift the bag carefully and press it onto the pumpkin, ensuring the ink is evenly spread.
  4. Let it Dry: Allow the ink to dry for a few minutes, and behold your stunning watercolor pumpkin, ready to grace your fall decor with its vibrant charm!

Check out The Craft Patch for full tutorial!


 Sharpie Doodle Pumpkins

Keep the Sharpies nearby for the next pumpkin. These Sharpie Owl Doodle Pumpkins are inspired by the intricate designs of Calavera, or Sugar Skulls, often seen during Day of the Dead celebrations. This technique isn't limited to owls or calavera, though! Feel free to doodle any animal or design that sparks your imagination!


  1. Prep Your Pumpkin: Start with a white-based pumpkin, real or faux, as your canvas.

  2. Sketch Your Design: Use a pencil to sketch your doodle design on the pumpkin's surface, ensuring it meets your artistic vision.

  3. Trace with Sharpie: Go over your pencil sketch with a black Sharpie, tracing the lines to bring your owl doodle to life. Don't hesitate to add intricate details and patterns to make your design pop.

Check out Lil Blue Boo for full tutorial!


Stellar Light-Up Galaxy Pumpkin

Embark on an enchanting journey through the cosmos with the mesmerizing Light-Up Galaxy Pumpkin! While this one's more intricate, the breathtaking results are well worth the effort. Set the stage with a faux black pumpkin as your canvas, and let your creativity soar as you bring the wonders of the galaxy to life.


  1. Prep Your Faux Pumpkin: Begin with a black faux pumpkin as your base, creating the perfect backdrop for your celestial masterpiece.

  2. Create the Galaxy Effect: Use various galaxy shades such as blues, purples, pinks, greens, and golds to sponge-paint swirling galaxies across the pumpkin's surface. Embrace playful whisps and blobs to capture the essence of the cosmos.

  3. Add Stellar Splatters: Use white paint on a toothbrush, then run your thumb across the bristles to splatter white paint on the pumpkin, imitating the sparkle of distant stars.

  4. Illuminate the Constellations: After allowing the paint to dry, look up some of your favorite constellations and carefully drill them into the pumpkin, ensuring they align with the painted galaxy backdrop.

  5. Bring it to Life: Light the pumpkin's interior with a faux candle, and watch as the constellation patterns illuminate, casting a celestial glow that captivates all who behold its cosmic magic.

Check out Dream a Little Bigger for full tutorial!

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