3 Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Crafts for Halloween

Halloween craft

Carving pumpkins is a Halloween tradition. That said, your very young child can’t exactly use a knife to make his very own jack o’ lantern. That’s okay. Instead of actually carving away, your preschooler can decorate a pumpkin without having to use anything sharp. How? Check out these no-carve Halloween pumpkin crafts!

Glitter and Glue

It’s artsy—and, it’s super-sparkly. Give your child a bottle of clear-drying school glue and let him squeeze it over the top of the pumpkin. Make sure to put newspaper or a flattened garbage bag under the pumpkin to catch the excess mess. Let the glue drip down the pumpkin, creating a melted candle-type effect. Sprinkle glitter over the glue. Tap or shake of the extra (onto the newspaper or garbage bag) and let the glue dry. This type of pumpkin won’t do well outdoors on a rainy day. Keep it in your home to display it.

Markers

Your child can draw silly faces or create character pumpkins with markers. Use permanent markers to avoid major smudging and smearing. You can also go with paint pen or puffy paint pens too. If your child doesn’t want to draw a face, he can add a pattern, stripes, polka dots or letters (he can write, “Happy Halloween” or his name).

Tissue Paper Collage

Cut squares, circles, triangles, rectangles or cloud-like shapes from tissue paper. Paint the pumpkin with a thin layer of clear-drying school glue. Your child can stick the cut tissue onto the glue, collage style. After it dries, have him paint a second layer of glue over the tissue to seal it in and add shine.



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