Five no-carve pumpkin decorating techniques

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The walking dead Straight from beyond the grave (and the pumpkin patch), a mummy pumpkin is a terrifyingly cute addition to any family’s front porch decor. What you’ll need: • Cheesecloth • Scissors • Fabric stiffener (liquid or spray) • Pumpkin • Googly eyes • Adhesive Instructions: 1. Cut cheesecloth strips that are about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. (Tip: These dimensions are for a large pumpkin; size down the strips accordingly for a smaller pumpkin.) You will need enough strips to wrap the entire pumpkin with a bit of overlap. 2. Cover the cheesecloth strips with the fabric stiffener. (Tip: If you use liquid fabric stiffener, dilute it with some water in a bowl or cup so that it is thinner and easier to work with. We dipped the strips into the bowl, squeezing the excess from the strips.) Apply the strips, one by one, to the pumpkin until you have the entire pumpkin covered in cheesecloth strips, leaving the top and bottom uncovered. Let dry. 3. Glue the googly eyes on the pumpkin. 4. Apply fabric stiffener to each end of a cheesecloth strip ( leaving the midsection of the strip dry). Apply it to the pumpkin so that the dry part of the strip only slightly overlaps the top corner of the left eye. This should make the mummy’s eyes appear to be peeking out from the bandages. Repeat step again, this time applying the strip to the other eye. When done, let the pumpkin dry overnight. (Tip: To add even more character, you can paint on a mouth, like we did, using black craft paint and a foam brush.)
Trick o’ sweet treat This is a deliciously sweet take on the traditional Halloween pumpkin; fans of the iconic candy will fall head over the heels for the candy corn pumpkin. What you’ll need: • Masking tape • Orange pumpkin, long in shape • White craft paint • Foam brush • Yellow craft paint Instructions: 1. With masking tape, tape off your pumpkin so that it’s divided into three even sections. 2. With white craft paint and a foam brush, paint the top section of the pumpkin white. Recoat as needed and let dry. 3. Next, paint the bottom section of your pumpkin yellow. Recoat as needed and let dry. (You will leave middle section unpainted.)
In the black of night Standing guard on your porch all Halloween night, this black cat pumpkin is sure to ward off any ghosts or monsters that might come your way. What you’ll need: • Pumpkin • Black craft paint • Foam brush • Black and orange construction paper • Large googly eyes • Adhesive • Scissors • White craft paint • Filbert paint brush Instructions: 1. Paint the entire pumpkin black using a foam brush and black craft paint. Let dry. 2. While your pumpkin is drying, make the cat’s whiskers, ears and nose. Using black construction paper and a pencil, draw a pair of cat ears and then cut them out with scissors. (Tip: We free-handed our cat ears, but you can find many stencils online by searching the words “cat ears stencil.”) Next, using black construction paper again, cut out the cat’s whiskers. We cut four strips of black paper about 3 inches long and about a 1/4-inch wide, then sized them down accordingly. 3. Once you have the whiskers, draw a triangle for the nose on orange construction paper and cut it out. Draw two triangles slightly smaller than the cat ears and cut out. These orange triangles will be glued on the black cat ear triangles, forming the inside of the cat ears. 4. With the pieces cut out and the pumpkin dry, begin gluing on the features. Attach large googly eyes with adhesive. Then glue the whiskers about an inch down from the eyes. The whiskers should meet in the middle and overlap slightly. Take the triangular nose and glue it over where the whiskers overlap. To assemble the ears: Take the smaller orange triangles and glue them on top of the black triangles. Next, bend the bottom of the ears slightly to create a fold and apply adhesive to it. Attach the ears to the top of the pumpkin, pressing down until they are fully adhered. Finish the face by drawing on a free-hand mouth, using white craft paint and a Filbert paint brush. Let the pumpkin dry completely and display.
A little bit of lace Want a sophisticated, stylish jack-o’-lantern? It’s easy with the help of a little bit of black lace and adhesive. What you’ll need: • Pumpkin • White craft paint • Foam brush • Black lace, several yards depending on pumpkin size • Scissors • Adhesive Instructions: 1. To begin, paint the entire pumpkin white using craft paint and a foam brush. (Tip: Use a white pumpkin, and you can omit this step.) 2. Next, cut the lace into short strips to adhere to pumpkin. Depending on the surface and size of the pumpkin, the lace might not adhere flatly. Cutting down the size of the strips once you begin applying them to the pumpkin may help them to lie flat. 3. Start from the bottom and work your way to the top of the pumpkin. Apply adhesive along the edges of the lace strips. Press each strip against the pumpkin horizontally until the lace lies flat and adheres completely. Taking another strip of lace, repeat the previous step, aligning the start of the lace strip with the end of the previous strip of lace. Repeat until the pumpkin is covered in lace. The strips of lace can overlap, but try to overlap only minimally, so that the whiteness of the pumpkin can still be seen through the lace. Let the pumpkin dry and display.
The pumpkin king Fans of Tim Burton’s Halloween cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas will have fun replicating Jack Skellington’s distinctive look on a round-shaped pumpkin. What you’ll need: • Pumpkin • White craft paint • Filbert paint brush • Black craft paint • Foam brush Instructions: 1. Using the foam brush and white craft paint, paint the pumpkin white. (Tip: If you are using a white pumpkin, you can omit this step.) Let it dry. 2. Next, use the filbert paint brush and black craft paint to paint Jack’s features on the pumpkin. We free-handed the face, but you can use a stencil found on the Internet, if needed. To free-hand the face, we started by painting the eyes (they should resemble two slightly slanted ovals). Next, we painted Jack’s nostrils (ours were roughly the shape and size of a black bean). To create Jack’s mouth, we painted a simple smile (with the middle section slightly parted). Once the mouth dried, we went back and added the stitch marks. Allow to dry and then display.
Halloween week! Thursday: Halloween-themed TV shows Friday: Where to find favorite candies of yesteryear Saturday: DIY party and home decorations Sunday: Readers show us their inner villains Today: Last-minute, no-carve pumpkin creations Tuesday: How much do you know about black cats? Wednesday: Tricked-out treats using leftover candy Thursday: Our annual amazing Halloween maze

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Halloween is almost here, and you have yet to carve those pumpkins you bought two weeks ago and swore (just as you did last year) that you’d get around to carving.

Now, the last thing you want to do is pick up a knife and scoop out the goopy stuff inside.

No worries, procrastinating pumpkin decorators: Here are five fabulous, easy and quick decorated pumpkins, without having to lift a single knife or blade.

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