So basically, I’m never carving another pumpkin again.

Easiest pumpkin D.I.Y. ever…in just 2 steps…

I’ve been seeing a lot of “no carve” painted pumpkins around, and really wanted to give it a shot, using my fall look as inspiration. So my daughter and I ventured to Michael’s yesterday without really knowing what we’d find. I already had black acrylic paint, and opted for Martha Stewart craft paints – chalkboard (gray), satin (ballerina pink and chipotle), and metallic (rose gold) to experiment with the different finishes. But we really lucked out with all the fun stickers they had!

The chalkboard paint I think worked best — it’s flat with thicker coverage. I was bummed Michael’s didn’t have black, but this warm gray is quite nice!  Leighton had fun painting hers pink (I applied the second coat to even it out). For all of them, it did take two coats so you do need to give yourself plenty of time to paint, let dry, paint, let dry.

Next was the fun part — applying the gems! Always start from the middle of your design and work your way around and out, to ensure you have even coverage until you run out of stickers. ;o)

For the jeweled one, I knew I wanted the arrangement to be randomly clustered at top, with more spacing as you go down to give that “dripping” effect. It was a good one to start with as I didn’t need to worry about being too precise.

For the studded version, I wanted it to be more of a geometric pattern, so it took a little more planning. I based it on the number of studs I had (12-18 each of 4 types), starting with six evenly around the stem, and alternating out and down from there.

Because Leighton really really wanted a pink pumpkin, I had to get creative on how to make it more Halloween-y. To form the web, I started around the center “L” with 8 gems, and created longer strands from those spokes, adding in a few gems between to “connect” the strands. (She also had her own pumpkin that she proudly decorated with hot pink gems, of course!)

Kid and adult-friendly project, little mess, and some pretty at the end of it all that perfectly matches my fall palette! Success!


  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Anna Weaver

    Love this! Totally trying the studded one :)

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Becca | Lowlife Couture

    These are too cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Liz {Sequins and Stripes}

    I was drooling over your instagrams yesterday, such a fun Sunday project!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Naomi (Design Manifest)

    You are ridiculously chic. I need to do this for my cottage. (Even though I don’t live there yet and wont be in by Halloween. Sad.)

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Albertina || Mimosa Lane

    These are sooooooooo beautiful!! And I love how easy they are!!! Chic and easy my favorite combination :)

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    These are seriously the most amazing pumpkins EVER! I am in love!!


  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    Absolutely gorgeous and so elegant!!!! Happy Halloween! Xo

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    They look AMAZING! I’m all about the no carve pumpkins. So fun!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Tobe | Because It’s Awesome

    i wanna do it!! (and i never say that about diys)

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Marta from 2nd Funniest Thing

    Wow! Love your glamorous version for halloween, I’ll try to make something symilar :)

    Big kisses from Barcelona
    DIY & unique pieces

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Jacquelyn | lark&linen

    Such a fun project. Is it a problem that I want kids specifically so we can do arts and crafts?

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Gaby [The Vault Files]

    Gorgeous, love them!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    I will be the first to admit that I overuse the word “Rad.” but here I believe it is completely justified! 😉 These are totally rad Erika!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    Love these! My friends and I painted some last weekend, but were limited to my friends paint collection. I think I’m going to head out and get some chicer looking paint and try this version of sparkle with some smaller pumpkins!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Preciously Me

    Beautiful! Didn’t know that even pumpkins could be so “in”!
    I really love these fashion pumpkins & my fave is the first one “Jewel Dripped” ?

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    I love the gold studded! What a fantastic project!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    So cool, Erika. The jeweled one is so pretty. I love the trickling down effect. So cute that Leighton wanted a pink pumpkin. This is way better than carving because carved pumpkins get moldy within a few days. Oh, and your photos are so professional!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Comfy Cozy Couture

    Absolutely adorable pumpkins…I think the gold studded is my favorite!! I’ve really wanted to paint the pumpkins on our porch, maybe I will finally get around to it!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Love X a million!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Brynn {chartreuse & a twist}

    okay, i think you win the coolest pumpkin diy award!!! these are just way awesome! totally in love :) XO Brynn

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    These are incredible! I may have to copy exactly :)

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Carly | A Simple Affair

    Absolutely gorgeous! What a fun project!

  • October 22, 2012 Reply

    Haus and Home

    These are definitely stylish pumpkins! Love them! Great job,

  • October 22, 2012 Reply


    these are amazing!!!!

  • October 23, 2012 Reply


    This is ridiculous. I love it!

  • October 23, 2012 Reply

    Sarah {Lacquer and Linen}

    These turned out awesome!! I love how you added the studs too! Super cute! Thanks for featuring my pumpkins over on A Newfound Treasure :-)

  • October 23, 2012 Reply


    Oooh! These are lovely. Just the inspiration I was looking for. I know what my daughters and I will be doing this weekend. Thanks!

  • October 25, 2012 Reply


    LOVE THIS! One question though….what is the brand name or rather the name of the product you used for the “Crystal Jewel Dripped Pumpkin”? Are they Swarovski?

  • October 26, 2012 Reply

    Tamra {ever swoon}

    So much better than carving!!! Fabulous idea Erika!

  • September 11, 2013 Reply


    These are absolutely adorable, and I featured them on my no-carve pumpkin round up today with a link back to your tutorial.

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