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Melted Crayon Pumpkin from thrive360living.com (Photo: Instagram: sam_thrive360living)

Our four favorite DIY pumpkin projects found on Pinterest

Say goodbye to messy pumpkin carving and say hello to beautifully decorated no-mess pumpkins! We scoured through the thousands of DIY crafts on Pinterest to find our four favorite pumpkin designs, and here is what we picked:

Gold and Neon No-Carve Pumpkins from Forthemakers.com

Supplies:
  • Old newspapers
  • Gold spray paint
  • Neon Montana cans
  • Pastel spray paint
  • Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes

Instructions:

  • Layout your newspapers to protect your surface. Make sure to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Lay all the pumpkins on the paper and spray them all with an even coat of gold spray paint.
  • Next, hit each one with your chosen pop of color. Try spraying at an angle so the paint isn't just a big glob but in a pretty dispersed pattern, concentrated in one area.
  • Allow to dry.

Happy-Hued Halloween Pumpkin from Fresh American Style

Supplies:
  • White matte acrylic paint
  • Pumpkin
  • Colored tissue paper
  • ModPodge
  • Paint brush

Instructions:

  • Paint the pumpkin with white matte acrylic paint
  • While it's drying, fold colored tissue paper into small squares and cut out snowflakes, stars, and other shapes until you have a pile of designs in a variety of colors.
  • Working over one area at a time, brush a light layer of ModPodge on the pumpkin, then carefully lay a tissue-paper design on top and smooth into place.
  • Brush the top of the placed tissue-paper with another light layer of ModPodge. Continue placing and layering the designs.

Melted Crayon Pumpkin from International Arrivals

Supplies:
  • Real white pumpkin (or orange)
  • Crayons
  • Tacky Glue
  • Blow dryer

Instructions:

  • Unwrap your crayons.
  • Cut the crayons in half.
  • Glue about 16 crayon pieces using tacky glue to the pumpkin.
  • After the glue has dried, use a hair dryer to melt the crayons.

Black Cat Pumpkins from Allyou.com

Supplies:
  • Serrated knife
  • 4 pumpkins: 1 large (about 9" diameter), 2 medium (about 6" diameter) and 1 small (about 3" diameter)
  • Large spoon
  • Newspaper
  • Black spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 1 sheet each green, black and orange construction paper or card stock
  • Craft glue
  • Printer and plain white paper
  • Ear templates
  • 1 sheet stiff black felt
  • White chalk
  • Sharp knife
  • 3 6" wooden skewers
  • Hot-glue gun
  • White floral wire Giant chenille pipe cleaner (at Michaels craft store)
  • ½"-wide orange ribbon and 1/8"-wide orange ribbon, each 1' long

Instructions:

  • Cut or break stems off all pumpkins. Cut a 3" circle from top of 1 medium pumpkin. Scoop out pulp with spoon. Use this pumpkin for large cat’s head. Spray-paint pumpkins black. Turn heads (hollowed pumpkin and small pumpkin) upside down.
  • FOR EYES: Using scissors or hole punches, cut 2 1¼"-diameter circles (for large cat) and 2 ¾"-diameter circles (for small cat) out of green construction paper. To make pupils, cut 2 1¼"-long ovals (for large cat) and 2 ¾"-long ovals (for small cat) with pointy ends out of black construction paper or card stock. Use glue to adhere black ovals to green circles, then glue eyes to heads.
  • FOR NOSES: Cut two triangles out of orange construction paper. For large cat, sides of triangle should be 1" long; for small cat, sides should be ½" long. Glue noses to heads.
  • FOR EARS: Print out ear templates for large and small cats and cut out with scissors. Place templates on stiff black felt, trace around each template twice and cut out ears with scissors. Using a sharp knife, carve two slots in each head for ear tabs. Inserts ears into heads.
  • ASSEMBLE CATS: For large cat, cut two wooden skewers to 5" and insert into bottom of hollow head on either side of the hole. Center head on top of large pumpkin, pushing skewers partway down into large pumpkin. Make a bead of hot glue on top of large pumpkin, then push skewers all the way down. For small cat, break a skewer in half, insert both pieces into bottom of head and continue as with large cat, using second medium pumpkin for body.
  • FOR WHISKERS: Using scissors, cut six 4"-long pieces of white floral wire for large cat and six 2"-long pieces for small cat. Glue whiskers to heads, three on each side of the nose.
  • FOR TAILS: Cut a 14" length of pipe cleaner and bend with your fingers. Glue to back of large cat’s body. For small cat, use a 12" length.
  • FOR COLLARS: Wrap ½"-wide ribbon around the neck of the large cat and secure in back with a drop of hot glue. For small cat, repeat with 1/8"-wide ribbon.
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