Make These Easy No-Carve Pumpkins (or Funkins) With the Kids

With just a few simple tools you (and the kids) can create several decorative funkins to keep year-after-year.

Header photo: Adobe Stock / Iuliia. All other photos by Jenn Andrlik

With a few simple tools, you (and the kids) can create several decorative funkins to keep for many Halloweens in the Hudson Valley to come.

This Halloween or fall, use funkins, or craft pumpkins that you can use year after year thanks to their longevity. You can use a myriad of tools to create any design you desire. Here, we created a modern black-and-white-themed patch, but feel free to use colored paint or paint pens, pick up different colored funkins, or even carve the craft pumpkins.



Funkins (we used black and white in various sizes)
White and black craft paint
Painter’s tape
Paint pouncer or paint brush
White paint marker
Black permanent marker

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How To:

1. Start with a craft pumpkin or funkin from your local craft store. You can get them on sale now the closer it gets to Halloween. I used black and white ones to create a modern motif.

spiderweb funkin

2. To create the spider web funkin, take a white paint marker and draw vertical lines on the veins of the pumpkin. Then draw curved lines to connect them to create a web-like design. You may need to go over the lines twice to make them more pronounced.

striped pumpkin

3. To create a painted funkin, use painter’s tape and tape off the part you want to paint.


4. Take white paint and a paint pouncer or brush and paint the bottom half white. Let dry overnight before placing and styling around your home.

painted pumpkins

5. You can also take a white funkin, black paint, and a pouncer to create dots. Or use a permanent black marker to create a chevron pattern. The possibilities are endless!

Related: 3 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Table for Fall

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