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Decorating Pumpkins Without the Mess

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WVU chapter.

You love everything about fall: the PSL’s, the pretty leaves, the cooler weather, and especially Halloween, but you can’t stand the thought of sticking your hand in a slimy pumpkin and then going through all the work to carve it. Lucky for you, there are other great ways to make adorable decorative pumpkins!


Paint them

Get some cheap paints from your local store, and turn your pumpkins into beautiful works of art with a few strokes of a paint brush (sans pumpkin guts and sharp objects.)


Bedazzle them

Let your inner diva out and make your pumpkin as glam as you are! Simply get some cheap, plastic crystals and Elmer’s glue, and have at it.


Cover them in glitter

Although this option can be messy, it is super fun! Grab some craft glue, (Modge Podge works well) and start by applying a thin layer to a small section of your pumpkin. Put something under the pumpkin to catch excess glitter. Pour the glitter of your choice onto your pumpkin. The thinner the glitter, the more opaque it will go on. If your glitter doesn’t want to stick with the pouring method, you can roll it in the glitter and touch up spots that don’t get coated by pressing the glitter on with your fingers or a damp paint brush.



Add ribbons, stickers, or other embellishments

Buy some cute stickers, patches, ribbons, and anything else your heart desires, and glue them to your pumpkin! Your imagination is the only limit to what you can create.


Spray paint them

Perhaps one of the easiest solutions to pumpkin decorating is to buy some good old’ spray paint, and go to town. Paint it a solid color, or get some painter’s tape to make cool designs! (Always remember to use spray paint in a well-ventilated area and follow all safety instructions.)

Whatever your style, everyone can participate in the pumpkin decorating festivities of fall. Get creative, and have a blast!

Hi everyone! My name is Emmy Rinehart, and I am a sophomore at WVU. I am majoring in strategic communications with an emphasis in PR and a minor in psychology. I am a Feature Twirler in the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band, and I love writing. I can't wait to share that love with you!
Hi ladies and gents, my name is Mel, Melanie if you're feelin' fancy. I'm a senior studying advertising, political science and fashion at West Virginia University. In addition to my studies, I am the Campus Correspondent for the WVU HC Chapter! You can hear me on the radio at U92 FM reporting the news and hosting morning shows. If I'm not there, I'm most likely at the local Panera eating my body weight in broccoli cheddar soup or writing about the daily, awkward encounters I experience. I represenative of the college of media as an ambassador and the prez of the magazine club. Oversized sweatshirts and jean on jean are my aesthetics. Lover, not a fighter unless you tell me Joe Jonas wasn't the best Jonas. Laters, baby.