Scary-Chic No-Carve Day of the Dead Pumpkins

When it comes to pumpkins, there are jack-o-lantern people (“meh, I’ll just carve a ‘face’ on it”) and there are people who want their pumpkins to be STARS. Needless to say, I want my pumpkins to be as fabulous as possible. These Day of the Dead no-carve pumpkins capture the whimsy of the season in unexpected bright colors and fun faux flowers. We used puff paint to draw the skeleton face for a cool textural element and a paper-punched vinyl stencil—it sticks to the pumpkin, then peels off—for a crisp pattern. Easy and chic? You got it!

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Day of the Dead Pumpkins

Vinyl Stencil Pumpkin

You will need

  • white pumpkin
  • adhesive vinyl sheets
  • craft paper punch

  • bone folder or straight edge
  • craft paint

  • pouncer
  • hot glue
  • fake flowers


  • Punch out design on vinyl sheets using craft punch.
  • Remove backing from the punched vinyl and adhere to pumpkin. Use bone folder or similar tool to smooth out vinyl sticker if necessary.
  • Using craft paint and pouncer, paint pumpkin all over, using as many coats to cover as necessary.
4. Once final coat is applied, carefully remove vinyl sticker. (You may need to use a craft knife to lift the edges.) Let dry.
  • Hot-glue fake flowers around the pumpkin; let dry.

Dia De Los Muertos Skull Pumpkin

You will need

  • white pumpkin
  • pencil
  • puff paint
  • hot glue
  • fake flowers

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  • Draw a skull design onto pumpkin using a pencil.
  • Using drawn design as a guide, apply puff paint in desired colors. Let dry.
  • Hot-glue fake flowers to pumpkin; let dry.
Day of the Dead Pumpkins

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