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By Ariel Knutson

Sick of carving, scooping and lighting? Searching for nontraditional pumpkin decorating ideas? We rounded up nine pretty ways to decorate your pumpkin this Halloween without picking up a knife.

Ombre pumpkins


Skip the carving and make this gorgeous ombre pumpkin instead. It's so easy and so on trend. 

Get the how-to at Funkytime.

Chalkboard word find pumpkins

Where there’s a will, there’s always some chalkboard paint. This pumpkin steps it up a notch by doubling as a puzzle. Brilliant. 

Get the how-to at Thistlewood Farms.

Nailhead trim pumpkins

All you need to make these glorious pumpkins is paint, a hammer and some nails. 

Get the how-to at Lovely Indeed

Neon pumpkins


Go neon this Halloween with these awesome pumpkins. All you need is paint, glitter and stickers to create this look. 

Get the how-to at For the Love of.

Mod Podge book page pumpkins


Pulling off this Modge Podge look isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. Watch the Creative Green Living how to-video dedicated to this pumpkin DIY. Then choose your favorite font and have some fun. 

Get the how-to at Creative Green Living.

Confetti pumpkins

Put leftover confetti to good use on these little gourds. 

Get the how-to at Made in a Day.

Neon-dipped pumpkins

Say goodbye to boring pumpkin decorating ideas. The neon colors against the white pumpkins makes this pumpkin a major win.

Get the how-to at A Night Owl.

“Edgy chic” pumpkins

Give your pumpkins an edgy look with black paint and gold studs.  

Get the how-to at Erika Bretchel's blog.

Geometric pumpkins

These geometric cutouts give pumpkins a clean and modern look.

Get the how-to at Happy Mundane.

A version of this article originally appeared on iVillage.