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DIY Decorations: Tribal Pumpkin Decorating Ideas (Without Carving)

Tribal Pumpkin Decorating Ideas without Carving

Happy Monday friends! I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining such a fantastic group of bloggers as we bring you our Thanksgiving Blog Hop 2017. We’ve all taken different elements of the holidays to ensure we’ve got you covered for everything.

You can kick off the blog hop by visiting Kristy at Steeplechase Manor. She is our host and organiser of these fabulous festivities! Be sure to head over to her blog to start the holiday fun at the beginning.

Thanksgiving Blessings Blog Tour

I’m so excited to share with you one of the key elements from my Thanksgiving table decorations this year…

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas (without carving)

I’m a complete sucker for DIY decorations and these pumpkin decorating ideas are no different! You can make these to perfectly match your colour scheme. Plus, the ultimate added bonus, these decorated pumpkins require no carving!

Carved pumpkins never seem to last that long. Not to mention, it’s a struggle to create even a vaguely intricate pattern with the chunky pumpkin saws that seem to make an appearance in every carving kit. Enter these painted, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas! If you are using fresh pumpkins, the pattern won’t start to droop a few days after hollowing them out. Even better, if you use faux pumpkins (as I am here) you can reuse them year after year.

Trio of Pumpkin Decorating Ideas without Carving

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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in my house this year has a native American tribal theme, so I wanted some pumpkins that could be incorporated into this decor. My colour scheme is teal and copper, so I was able to match these perfectly before adding tribal boho patterns on top.

It really couldn’t have been easier. My favourite way to re-decorate is spray painting. It covers almost anything with a clean, brush stroke free finish, and it takes seconds. Granted, it can get a little messy, but I make sure I always spray outside over some old newspaper.

Styrofoam Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

I began with these horribly garish, shiny and plasticky looking pumpkins. Doesn’t really sound like I’m selling them, but I could see that they were a fantastic shape. My plan was to peel back the awful orange coating and then decorate the styrofoam pumpkin revealed underneath.

Hahahahaha. I found something that doesn’t agree with spray paint. Turns out that instead of creating a lovely even layer of paint covering up the bumpy and lumpy foam, the spray dissolved the pumpkins, completely mutating the surface! Time for a rethink….

Tribal Styrofoam Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

I ended up spraying the orange pumpkins with a cream coloured craft enamel spray, creating a blank canvas to add my own colours. This would work really well for any kind of pumpkin shaped decoration you find – often the discount store has great offerings. Try to see past how they look on the outside and just analyse their shape. Your decorating skills can work wonders! For the copper pumpkins, I left them orange and painted the acrylic paint over the top as the orange-y tones underneath added depth and warmth to the copper colour.

Tribal Boho Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Spray paint is expensive, and although they offer a good range of colours, it’s not always possible to find one that matches your colour scheme perfectly. I found that it was both cheaper and a better colour match to use these acrylic paints. It may have taken a little longer and involved a few coats of paint, but I think it’s worth it to get it right.

Free Tribal Pattern Inspiration

How to Decorate the Styrofoam Pumpkins

You will need:

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas Styrofoam

  1. If possible, begin by separating the stem from the pumpkin. Spray paint over the existing colour. I skewered the pumpkin onto a wooden stick so that I could spray all over without having to touch it. I left the skewered pumpkin in a block of styrofoam until the paint was dry.Pumpkin Decorating Ideas Styrofoam Spray Painting
  2. Leaving it on the skewer and using acrylic paint in your chosen colour, paint the pumpkin. Make sure it’s an even layer and try to minimise brush strokes. This will probably require 2 or 3 coats.
  3. Paint the pumpkin stems in a contrasting coloured acrylic paint and leave to dry. Pumpkin Decorating Ideas Styrofoam PaintingPumpkin Decorating Ideas Styrofoam Painting
  4. Once the pumpkins have dried completely, remove them from the wooden skewer and start to draw patterns on. I used tribal boho patterns, if you are planning to do the same, you can download a FREE pattern inspiration sheet here.Pumpkin Decorating Ideas Styrofoam Painting Pattern
  5. Add the dried stem back into the pumpkin. Ta-da! Finito!

Tribal Boho Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

The possibilities with these no-carve pumpkin decorating techniques are endless. What colour will you spray your pumpkins? What patterns will you decorate them with? Writing? Geometric shapes? Paisley print? Let us know in the comments below!

Tribal Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Up next in this Thanksgiving blog hop is my friend Beth from The Frenzied Hostess. Make sure you head on over to check out her wonderful tablescape ideas based on the first ever Thanksgiving.

Thanks for hopping along with us!


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Tribal Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

  1. These look so beautiful! I love the DIY project.

  2. I love the colors you chose. It’s so fun to mix up the color schemes instead of doing the same thing year after year. They’ll look so great with your tribal paper too!

  3. Love your pumpkins Tori! Since it is summer in our part of the world, no pumpkins available. Will also look for some styrofoam pumpkins for next year. The are truly unique!

    • Hi Marlize, why don’t you stock up on styrofoam ones during pumpkin season? The great news is they don’t go off!

  4. I love this idea, Tori! I’m a sucker for a good DIY project too, and love how these can customize to coordinate with your decor.

    • Me too! It’s so great to have the freedom to make everything match! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Kristy 🙂

  5. I love these designs! So unique! Metallic and blue are awesome colors too!

  6. I love how easily it is to customize these pumpkins and I also love that we used the same color scheme! Add some paisleys in there are they’d work perfectly for my peacock table! Can’t wait to see more!

    • I know, I thought the exact same thing! In fact, I’ve a couple of people over for a friendsgiving at the weekend – I’m reusing all my decor for a table centrepiece and I’ve already got copper chargers just like yours!

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