It’s fall, that means creative pumpkin decorating ideas and creative pumpkin crafts! From games to pumpkin decorations we have it all. So if you are looking for pumpkin carving and decorating inspirations then you’ll want to check out these 17 Creative Ways to Craft and Decorate Pumpkins! 

17 Creative Ways to Craft and Decorate Pumpkins collage of different pumpkin decorations and pumpkin crafts kids can make
Let’s decorate pumpkins and make pumpkin crafts this fall.

Fun Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

My preschoolers love to play with and decorate pumpkins. It is our fall family tradition, and it seems we are not alone in that! Decorating pumpkins is such a fun kids activity, so let your kids use their creativity with these decorate pumpkin ideas.

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Easy Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

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1. Paper Pumpkin Craft Tutorial

Learn how to make a Crepe Paper Pumpkin with this cool tutorial! 

2. Mummy Pumpkin

Use gauze to create a Pumpkin Mummy with this fun and easy idea from Hands On As We Grow.

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Make a pumpkin using an old book!

3. Paper Pumpkin Crafts

Here’s a great craft that allows you to Upcycle an Old Book Into a Pumpkin

4. Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Embellish pumpkins with these No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Tips by TinkerLab.

Creative Ways to Craft and Decorate Pumpkins!- Book pumpkin, pumpkin treat, paper plate pumpkin
There are so many great pumpkin crafts to try out this year!

Halloween Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

5. Crazy Pumpkin Painting Ideas

Painting Pumpkins is a fun way to decorate that is perfect for when you might not have the time needed to carve! Check out La La’s Daycare for tons of ideas!

6. Cinnamon Felt Pumpkin Ornaments

DIY Cinnamon Stick and Felt Pumpkin Ornaments aren’t just fun to make, they also make the house smell amazing! 

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This pumpkin is filled with rubber rats! What a creepy way to decorate your pumpkin!

7. Pumpkin Storytelling

Help your kids Tell a Story with Your Pumpkins with this craft from Mermaids Making.

8. Pumpkin Paper Craft Template

Check out this Mini Pumpkin Printable Craft

9. Pumpkin Handprint Craft

This Salt Dough Pumpkin Handprint Keepsake is a wonderful gift to give!

Creative Ways to Craft and Decorate Pumpkins- Paper pumpkin, rat and pig pumpkin
There are so many cute ways and creepy ways to decorate pumpkins with these pumpkin crafts

Pumpkin Activities for Kids

10. Pumpkin Cup Game

This DIY Pumpkin Cup Stacking Game is a great pumpkin activity for younger kids.

11. Paper Plate Pumpkin Craft

Easy Paper Plate Feelings Pumpkins are great for helping kids expressing their emotions. 

12. No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

We are loving Fireflies and Mudpies No-Carve Nature Pumpkins! Decorate with natural pieces from your own yard, like leaves, twigs, acorns, and pinecones. 

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Use cereal boxes to make a pumpkin!

13. Cardboard Pumpkin Craft

Turn that empty Cereal Box Into a Pumpkin

14. Pumpkin Exploration

Teach Preschool‘s Pumpkin Exploration Cups are so fun to make, and play with! 

Pumpkin sun catcher craft on a window
Use paper and paint to make the prettiest pumpkin suncatchers.

15. Pumpkin Suncatcher

Create Halloween Suncatchers out of coffee filters and water colors with this idea from Happy Hooligans

16. Jack-O-Lanterns Art

Make Jack-O-Lanterns out of construction paper, with this tutorial from Happy Hooligans.

The Best Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Tools

I don’t know about you, but I feel overwhelmed when I walk through the aisles of Halloween decorations and pumpkin carving supplies! Here are some of our favorite items that have worked well over the years.

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Grab your pumpkin tools to start carving and decorating your pumpkins. – Via Amazon
  • Pumpkin carving is tough if you don’t have a good pumpkin carving knife. We especially love this one for the difficult cuts, like eyes and teeth! One of these pumpkin carving sets is nice, too because it comes with everything you need! It even comes with a carrying bag, for storage. 
  • When I was a kid, we used to place tea lights inside our jack-o-lanterns. This isn’t the safest lighting method, though. Luckily, there are better options now! You can use basic battery-operated tea lights, but I prefer using these pumpkin lights, because they are brighter. They also come with a remote control! 
  • We are so excited to try these fun pumpkin teeth this year! Carving teeth is the bane of my Halloween existence, so these should save the day! 

More Halloween Fun From Kids Activities Blog!

Decorating Pumpkins and Pumpkins craft- Disney pumpkins
Try these great pumpkin crafts to decorate your pumpkins like Disney characters.

Which pumpkin decoration or pumpkin craft are you going to do first?

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  1. I have been wanting to try cutting an old book into different shapes – hadn’t thought of doing so as a pumpkin yet.

  2. I love this! What a great round up of the many ways to decorate a pumpkin. I love having them all in one place. I can hardly wait for next month!

  3. This is a wonderful blog filled with a wealth of information for parents. Great party and you are an awesome hostess! Glad to meet you. 🙂

  4. Is there a button for the meme each week? I like to highlight my favorite link-ups in my sidebar. If so, could you email me the code please?

  5. There were tons of super ideas! So excited to be apart of your roundup Rachel. Thanks so much for mentioning the pumpkin roundup on hands on : as we grow too. Can’t wait to see what everyone’s playing again this week!