As a busy mom I am always looking for fun projects and activities to do with my kiddos. One of our favorite fall traditions is decorating pumpkins each year. Today I am sharing my favorite mess-free no carve pumpkin decorating tips that will allow you to have tons of good “clean” fun this fall.
No Carve Pumpkin Ideas for Kids
You know that fall is near when you start seeing pumpkins everywhere you look.
Pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween Costumes seem to hit the shelves as soon as school starts these days.
If you have children you also know that this kicks off the season of them begging to carve a pumpkin every day.
As a parent, you also know that a carved pumpkin will turn into a rotting mess of goo on your front porch in about 5 days.
I have found that no-carve pumpkins are the perfect solution.
They give the kiddos the Halloween decorating fix they so desperately crave, without the mess and mold that comes with carving a pumpkin too early.
Mess Free Painted Pumpkins
Since my kids were toddlers we have made the choice to decorate a few pumpkins at the beginning of October and then actually carve pumpkins the weekend before Halloween.
The kids love this because they are able to go through all the steps that they love about decorating for fall.
They are able to
- choose a pumpkin
- be creative and make it their own
- use it to decorate our home – which they look forward to almost as much as trick-or-treating.
This year we decided to do painted pumpkins after I discovered a product that I knew would be easy for the kids to use AND completely mess free.
Kwik Stix are quick-drying, solid tempera paints – just like you used in elementary school.
The difference is that they are in a tube like a glue stick – which makes them super easy to use and completely mess free. Also, they dry in 90 seconds! GENIUS!!!
No need for paintbrushes, covering the area with newspaper or putting on smocks. Just pop of the lid and get creative.
Painted Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
My oldest is the artistic director in our house and she came to the table with her plans for the perfect painted pumpkins.
She had tons of ideas that she wanted to try out and she couldn’t wait to get started.
Unicorn Painted Pumpkin
If you have a little girl in your house you know that unicorns are all the rage. Mine took one look at her pumpkin and decided that she could turn it into a unicorn. The steps were so easy and she loves her little unicorn pumpkin.
Unicorn Pumpkin Tutorial
When choosing a pumpkin, white is best and you also want a stem that is curved slightly forward. This will eventually become the unicorn’s horn.
Once you have selected your perfect pumpkin to be transformed into a unicorn you will use the Kwik Stix to add the eyelashes followed by the cheeks and nostrils.
I helped her to create a horn out of a piece of yellow construction paper.
Didn’t the unicorn pumpkin turn out adorable? I love her creativity!
Polka Dot Painted Pumpkin
This adorable little pumpkin took just minutes to paint with the Kwik Stix.
Simply pop off the lid and start painting dots in any pattern, shape your size you like.
I was amazed at how fast the paints dried – making the entire process easy and mess free!
My son wanted to get in on the fun and he wanted to make a face on his pumpkin.
He started out with the ghost face and then decided that he still had room on the opposite side for a smiley face.
Boo Painted Pumpkin
I couldn’t resist and decided to try out painting my own Pumpkin with the Kwik Stix too.
They were so easy to use – literally exactly like using a glue stick. Except way more fun because it’s paint and not glue.
Easy Fall Craft for Kids
This was such a fun and easy craft to create the feeling of fall in our home. The kids had a blast and I was able to sit back and relax without having to worry about spills, stains or the colossal mess of carving pumpkins.
We decided to keep them inside and use them to decorate our shelf in the mudroom. If you planned to place them outside I would suggest spraying them with a clear sealer to make sure the paints stayed bright and didn’t get ruined by the weather.
There you have it mama! Kwik Stix- a mess-free, no-carve pumpkin decorating idea that is quick, easy and tons of fun!
Wanting to try this out? You can pick up your own set of Kwik Stix from Amazon!