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10 No-Carve, No-Mess Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

Skip the sharp knives and pumpkin guts and try one of these DIY jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween!

Published on: September 25, 2019

Unicorn Pumpkin
Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

Unique unicorn

If you hate dealing with pumpkin guts or you just don’t want the kids handling knives, try one of these no-carve options. Bedazzle a princess pumpkin, dress your pumpkin as a witch, make that gourd glow in the dark or give your pumpkin the wings of a fairy. 

See below how to make this unicorn pumpkin and scroll through the arrows above for more creative ideas. 


  • White pumpkin (or paint an orange one with white paint)
  • Pink foam sheet or pink card stock
  • Self-adhesive jewels
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Pink tulle ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots


  1. Roll the pink foam or card stock into a cone for the horn. Glue it closed with glue dots.
  2. Decorate the horn with jewels.
  3. Using straight pins, pin the horn in front of the pumpkin’s stem.
  4. To create the mane, cut a 6-inch length of pink tulle. 
  5. Holding the tulle with the long side against the pumpkin, pin the end of the tulle onto the pumpkin, just behind the horn 
  6. Gather the tulle about a half-inch behind the first pin, and pin it on, so that the tulle sticks up like a mane. Repeat until the mane goes all the way down the back of the pumpkin.
  7. Adhere the fake eyelashes.

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