10 No-Carve Pumpkins Because Little Kids Shouldn’t Play With Knives

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I love carving pumpkins, but I hate carving pumpkins around little kids. Yes, they can scoop out guts and stuff but then they always want to “help carve” the actual pumpkins and because I’m a wonderful, responsible adult, I didn’t usually let my tiny kids handle knives. Decorating pumpkins is a great way to keep kids busy though, and since I’m terribly fond of finding new ways to entertian kids, I scoured the web in search of some awesome NO CARVE pumpkins that you can make with your little monsters. And leave the carving knives and chainsaws to the adults. Also, because I once read that the smell of pumpkins gives men erections, so make them do it.

Butterfly Pumpkin


How cute is this? Tutorial can be found at  Spoonful.

 Painted Pumpkins 

272d1edb7403797872b4d69716102c3aI’m such a fan of Meg Duerksen and her Whatever blog, and she made these adorable pumpkins with her kids. If you want to cry a lot, be sure and check out her amazing kitchen remodel.

Disco Pumpkin 



At Parent Map they covered a pumpkin in glitter and sequins. I would make my own kids do this one outside on newspaper but I am all about this life.

Paper Brad Pumpkin

e250a5a69c4b61d6f09819d92a1c0eddFrom Pinterest, how easy is just sticking some paper brads into a pumpkin to polka-dot it? I love this idea.

 Spiderwebby Pumpkins 


Also from Pinterest, how cool and easy are these? You just take twine, wrap it around and add some little plastic spiders.

 Amazing Princessy Pumpkin


From Decoist, I want this for myself.

Gorgeous Modernist Pumpkins 



Another one your kids may need help with, these chic pumpkins from Brit &Co are beyond.

Cinderella Pumpkin



I wish I had the source for this because it is amazing. You would have to carve the little entry areas but how much fun would your kids have helping you decorate this Cinderella pumpkin?

 Hello Kitty Pumpkin


Via Pinterest, it looks like the features are cut from felt so little ones could glue them on.

Puffy Paint Pumpkin


From Learn Play Imagine.

(Image: Whatever)


  1. pixie

    October 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Those are awesome! And they sure look a whole lot better than the mini-pumpkins I (and all the kids in my class) used to bring home drawn on with sharpie and washable markers! (Sharpies aren’t so bad, just take a while to wash off the skin of small children, but washable markers are horrible to use to draw on pumpkins with as the colour smudges and gets all over everything they rub up against).

    • Eve Vawter

      October 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      I am SO going to do the glitter sequins one, I am actually way excited hahaha

    • pixie

      October 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      If I didn’t live by myself in an apartment with no balcony I’d TOTALLY do that one as well, but I don’t think my building manager would appreciate it if I put a pumpkin outside my door in the hallway lol

    • Alicia Kiner

      October 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      FYI, hand sanitizer works wonders at removing Sharpie from all kinds of things… like prescription glasses, fingernails, baby dolls, random parts of the body that a toddler can reach, Daddy’s face. (Daddy totally fell asleep, and kiddo found a black Sharpie, totally went to town. I told Daddy it was payback for his drunken party sabotage days)

    • pixie

      October 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thanks for that info, I actually didn’t know that, and when I was very young (mid-90s) I don’t really remember hand sanitizer being a popular consumer product (at least, there wasn’t any in my house or the houses of my friends). I’ll be sure to remember that for when I have kids, or decide that drawing with sharpies on myself is a great idea while drunk lol.

    • Alicia Kiner

      October 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Rubbing alcohol probably works just as well. I assume it’s the alcohol content in the hand sanitizer that does it. I just didn’t keep that around with toddlers, but had hand sanitizer out the wazoo. lol

    • Rachel Sea

      October 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      It is the alcohol. Alcohol swabs in my house do double duty for removing pen marks.

  2. Tinyfaeri

    October 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Wait, little kids aren’t supposed to play with knives?? Um, brb.

  3. Emmali Lucia

    October 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I secretly renamed this in my head “Ten no-carve pumpkins because Emmali can’t handle big-girl tasks”

    But that Cinderella looks easy enough for me to make! And the Hello Kitty one is excellent

  4. 88Mwife

    October 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    We sadly have no children of our own to carve pumpkins with, but hubs is super excited to do this with the kids we babysit: He’s going to let the kids color on the pumpkins with sharpies then after they leave he’ll drill holes along the outlines (the kids are 5 & 7, they’ll be able to draw actual shapes/designs) then put peanut butter in the holes. Apparently the squirrels will gnaw the peanut butter out and will ‘carve’ the pumpkin. He got it from Popular Mechanics, I think.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      October 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I totally carved pumpkins for myself every year since I moved out! You don’t need kids to have an awesome pumpkin.

  5. Kelby Johnson

    October 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I am totally gonna do this!!! They look amazing!!!

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  7. Jimmi Shrode

    October 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    We carved pumpkins when we were kids with my dad and we lived. Why don’t you wrap your children in bubble wrap and keep them in the house in a padded room?

  8. Cat

    October 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Pumpkins shouldn’t be cut with knives anyway. Those silly looking itty-bitty saws they sell for pumpkin carving work about a billion times better and only cost like a dollar each. Seriously. Still probably not fun for a three year old, but I’d certainly let a first grader at a pumpkin with one of those things.

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