Don’t get me wrong, I love the traditional way of decorating pumpkins, but this year, I felt it was time for a change. After a little research, I realized that there were many ways of decorating pumpkins without the carving or the mess! These fun techniques will be sure to take your Halloween festivities up a notch, so hurry to the pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate. 

Decoupage a Pumpkin
 

 
What You Need: 
                    *Mod Podge Glue
                    *Foam brush
                    *Paper, leaves or other thin materials.
 
Directions: 
 
1. Wash your pumpkin thoroughly so there is no dirt covering the surface.
2. Once the pumpkin has dried, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge glue all over the pumpkin.
3. Next, immediately place the item on the pumpkin that you want to be decoupaged. I would suggest something thin such as a leaf, ribbon, or some magazine clippings. This will make it so everything dries evenly and with a flawless finish.
4. After this dries, put two more top coats of Modge Podge over your final product. Let dry and viola!
 

Shimmer a Pumpkin 
 

 
What You Need: 
 
*Glitter of Your Choice
*Mod Podge
*Foam Brush 
 
Directions: 
 
1. Wash your pumpkin thoroughly.
2. With your foam brush, coat your pumpkin with a thin layer of Mod Podge glue.
3. Immediately sprinkle the pumpkin with the glitter. You can even do this in layers so the pumpkin has many different colors. 
 
Lace a Pumpkin
 

 
What You Need: 
 
*Enough lace to cover your pumpkin completely
*Mod Podge
*Hot Glue Gun
 Directions: 
 
1. After you wash your pumpkin, let it dry
2. Next, cut your lace to fit your pumpkin. It is easy to wrap the whole piece of fabric around it to give you a general idea of how much you will need.
3. Modge Podge the whole pumpkin and immediately place the lace all over your pumpkin. I like to lay the lace flat, place the pumpkin in the middle of the fabric and gather the fabric to the stem of the pumpkin. Almost like you are wrapping a wine bottle with tissue paper. 
4. Cut the loose ends of the fabric so all of the edges are even
5. Hot glue the edges so that they do not fray.

Paint a Pumpkin 
 
 
What You Need: 
 
*Fabric or ribbon
*Paint 
 Directions: 
 
1. After your pumpkin’s surface is cleaned, paint your pumpkin with a couple of coats of paint. 
2. Let dry and then tie a bow around it. This is such a simply way to bring so much life to a little orange pumpkin!
 
Push-Pin a Pumpkin 
 

 
What You Need:
 
 
                    *A lot of Push-Pins 
Directions: 
 
1. This is simple, but time-consuming: Merely push the pins into your pumpkin. Make different sayings, pictures, patterns, or whatever suits your fancy. If you have the right amount of patience, you can have a beautiful pumpkin as the end result.
 
Rhinestone a Pumpkin
 
 
What You Need: 
 
*Rhinestones
*Hot Glue Gun
Directions: 
 
1. Very Simple task: bedazzle your plump pumpkin! Heat up your glue gun to start off. 
2. Place a dab of glue on the bottom of the jewel. 
3. Place jewel on desired area of pumpkin.
4. You can even glue on some little plastic spiders to add even more spooky-glam to your pumpkin project!

Enjoy decorating!
 
(images courtesy of pinterest)