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

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

This photo was taken the day my mom brought me back to the US from Panama, where I was born. She had jet-black hair and a tan, whereas I was basically translucent, with white hair and big blue eyes. Security guards stopped her in the airport because they thought she was smuggling someone else’s baby out of the country. So, I guess it’s time for everyone to come clean. I was indeed stolen. I am actually a Norwegian prince. Where’s my 👑, Terri?!?! Where. Is. My. #%^*ing. 👑?!? 🤪 Happy Mother’s Day!!! I love you. Sorry I’m so weird. ❤️

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