Need a last minute pumpkin decorating idea for Halloween? Using just a pencil and thumb tacks, you can have a fully decorated pumpkin with zero mess!

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Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, and you have not gotten a chance to decorate a pumpkin yet. You are a busy mom and as much as you would love to, there is just not enough time in the day to carve a pumpkin. Your kids are walking by your neighbors’ houses and wondering why they all have decorated pumpkins sitting on the porch, while their porch has nothing on it. Zero. Zilch. Nada. 

You need to a pumpkin craft idea NOW, and you need it to be effortless with gorgeous results. Look no further, let me introduce to you… the thumbtack pumpkin!

Making a thumbtack pumpkin really is as simple as it gets. All you need is:

The hardest part of this craft is to pick a design. We decided to keep it cute and simple this year and stick with happy faces. Here are the steps:

  1. Draw the design on the pumpkin with a pencil.
  2. Insert the thumbtacks using the pencil marks as a guide. You can place the thumbtacks side by side or overlap them slightly to give a different look.

Told you it was easy! My 4 years old was able to do all the thumb tacking by himself. For my 2 years old, I helped place the tips of the thumbtacks in the pumpkin, and she helped push them in all the way. I tried just letting her do her thing with the thumbtacks, but I don’t think she really understands the concept yet of following the pencil lines. Hence, we got a random hole in her happy pumpkin. Hey, nobody’s perfect.

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Want something more colorful yet carve-free? Try the melted crayon pumpkin!