42 Pumpkin Decorating Ideas Anyone Can Master (Seriously)

Time to channel your inner Picasso. You got this.

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From scary movie marathons to funny costumes, there's a lot to love about Halloween. And carving pumpkins is probably the most fun seasonal activity that also has lasting payoff since the end result can double as decor. But carving pumpkins isn't the only way to dress up a gourd for Halloween. Mix up your traditional designs with these super fun pumpkin decorating ideas.

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Confetti Pumpkin

A confetti pumpkin = instant party.

Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.

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

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Sugar & Cloth
Pumpkin Vase

Put down the knife. Instead of carving your pumpkin, turn it into a vase and use it as a centerpiece. Get the tutorial from Sugar & Cloth.

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Zan Passante
Collage Pumpkin

Who knew Halloween could be so sentimental? This collage pumpkin is adorable.

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Navage Patch
Gilded Pumpkins

These gilded pumpkins are moody and fun. Plus, they let you get a little messy. Get the tutorial from The Navage Patch.

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Crafted Life
Friendly Ghosts

These friendly little ghost pumpkins are adorable and easy tot make. Get the tutorial from The Crafted Life.

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Crafted Life
Starry Night

Recreate the perfect night sky with a black painted pumpkin and a handful of gold and silver star stickers. Get the tutorial from The House That Lars Built.

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Cones

Never not thinking about food. Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Crafted Life
Sequined Pumpkins

These sequined pumpkins do all the talking for you (and there's not as much of a mess to clean up after). Get the tutorial from The Crafted Life.

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Craftberry Bush
Blue Porcelain

Take your fave china pattern to your pumpkins—use a stencil and paint marker to recreate every detail. Get the tutorial at Craftberry Bush.

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Concrete Pumpkins

Meet pumpkins so chic, you'll want to display them year-round. Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Tell, Love, & Party
Place Card Pumpkins

For a Halloween dinner party, get creative with your name cards.These pretty painted pumpkins and pumpkin vases were created by Tell, Love, & Party. See how she made them here.

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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. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Sequin Polka Dot Pumpkins

These pumpkins are all the glam, none of the gore. Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

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Crafted Life
Personality Pumpkins

Give your pumpkins a personality-packed face. Get the tutorial from The Crafted Life.

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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. Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Mike Garten
Polka Dots

An all-white pumpkin can be easily made glam with some polka dots and fresh, seasonal florals. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Studio DIY
Monochrome "Punkins"

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

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Handmade Charlotte
Stenciled Patterns

Vibrant décor chalk paint and stencils yield some pretty groovy pumpkins. Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.

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Romulo Yanes
Seasonal Letters

Spell out spooky messages by painting over stickers and then peeling them away. Get the tutorial at Woman's Day.

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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. Get the tutorial at Woman's Day.

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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. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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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. Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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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. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Jennifer Causey
Blackboard Drawings

Write out a new spooky message every day thanks to a versatile coat of chalkboard paint. Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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James Baigrie
Negative Space

Strategically scratch off a coat of spray paint to reverse the classic color combination. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Country Living
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. Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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BURCU AVSAR
Painted Numbers

As a seasonal alternative, display your house number on a pumpkin and place it outside your front door. Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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QUENTIN BACON
Black Lace

Give your pumpkins a ghastly look by dressing them in lace. It eerily mimics a spider web in an unexpected way. Get the tutorial at Country Living.

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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. Get the tutorial at The Casual Craftlete.

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Aww, Sam
Edgy Cactus

These cacti pumpkins are there for you when you're missing summer hard. Get the tutorial at Aww, Sam.

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