There are SO many options for no-carve pumpkins for Halloween available, but I love this scrapbooking paper option because it lets my children be SO creative throughout the process!
Kids love to be able to take ownership of whatever project they’re working on and literally do every single thing all by themselves during each step of the way! I wanted them to be able to create this no-carve pumpkin entirely on their own, and I can’t wait to show you how, too! Your children will have a blast!
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Scrapbooking Paper Pumpkin Idea for Kids
The first thing you need to do is let them choose their paper. For this project, the paper is just regular old scrapbooking paper, found in the craft section. You can find it in the scrapbooking section at Walmart, Michaels, Joanne’s, Target, or Hobby Lobby.
I suggest six sheets of scrapbooking paper, so they really have a lot of colors and patterns to select from during the project, but any number of sheets of paper would work just fine. Since this is going to be an abstract Halloween pumpkin for kids, I chose bright and fun Halloween prints in green, orange, purple, and black and white.
But truly, there is scrapbooking paper available in all colors, prints, and even cartoon themes! The options are endless and truly do not have to be traditional Halloween colors. Doing fun projects like this with your kiddos is all about their creativity and preferences!! So, embrace the pink and green pumpkins or the ones with cartoony figures glued all over them!
What Size Scrapbook Paper Do You Need
If your children will be creating other Halloween projects, you can save money on paper by purchasing a packet of already coordinated paper like I did! Scrapbooking paper is sold in a variety of sizes, but 12×12” is the most common. However, there are 8×8” and 8.5×11”, and 6×6” papers available, too. The paper size doesn’t matter for this project, because they’ll be cutting it all up anyway!
Next, choose your pumpkin. This project works with either real pumpkins or the ones found at craft stores made especially for Halloween craft projects. We chose a faux pumpkin, so we can enjoy it year after year. They’re a little more expensive than real pumpkins, but you save in the end because you can enjoy it for years to come.
No Carve Pumpkin Decorating
Now, is the fun part! Let your kids cut out all different shapes of paper. (Or, if you prefer, they can tear the shapes out, too.) We cut out triangles of all shapes and sizes for one pumpkin. For the other, we cut up one piece of patchwork design paper into rectangles. While you’re cutting, I suggest keeping separate piles of the different paper designs so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for when you’re in the process of creating.
Next, use Mod Podge sold in the craft section to adhere to the scrapbooking paper to the pumpkin. Use a foam paintbrush to brush a thick layer of the Mod Podge onto the pumpkin. Arrange your scrapbooking paper however you like, and then brush a thin layer of Mod Podge OVER the paper.
This seals it and will keep it in place! Continue adhering the paper all over the pumpkin or in whatever shape you like until you’re through. You can either leave spaces (like a mosaic) in between the paper pieces or overlap them. I chose to leave spaces on both pumpkins and I love how it looks! Do not be alarmed if it looks white and gloppy! It will dry totally clear and look fantastic, I promise!!
Lastly, let it dry overnight. This would be a nice addition to your child’s room for their Halloween décor on a bookshelf, or even as a centerpiece on the kitchen table. A little family of pumpkins would be so cute! I would not put this pumpkin outside because the rain would ruin the project, I’m afraid. BUT, it will stay like new for years to come when decorating the inside of your home.
- 6-8 Scrapbook Paper designs
- Modge Podge
- Pumpkin (real or styrofoam)
- Foam Brushes
- Start by cutting out different shapes on a handful of scrapbook prints. I did shapes like triangles, squares, etc.
- Then take your pieces of paper and lay on the pumpkin and use the modge podge to paint it onto the pumpkin. Repeat until your design is done.
- Then coat heavily in modge podge and allow it to sit and dry overnight.