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Mess-free Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween is near! This week we’re offering an alternative way to creative pumpkin decorations…Without the carving!

Spook (or impress) your guests with this quick-and-easy method of decorating pumpkins that’s great for any skill-level. And best of all, kids can do this one too!

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Have a safe and Happy Halloween from the Scotch® Brand Team!


TIME NEEDED: 30 to 60 minutes

Scotch® Brand Supplies:


  • Sharp utility knife
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Craft punch (circle)
  • Cutting mat
  • Wax paper
  • Fake Pumpkins (plastic) OR spray painted pumpkins

1200x1200_HalloweenPumpkin_Step1Plan and prep. Choose your colour scheme and your product. If you would like to replicate the design we have featured in this project, simply refer to list above. This tutorial will assume you’ve selected these items.
1200x1200_HalloweenPumpkin_Step2Orange polka-dotted pumpkin. Using Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Zig Zag  place a line of it on the wax paper. Using your craft punch, create circular stickers by punching over the adhered tape. Grab your orange pumpkin, peel the wax paper from the back of the washi stickers you’ve just created and then start sticking! Create a random polka-dot pattern, or something more structured by mimicking this picture.
1200x1200_HalloweenPumpkin_Step4Orange and cream-coloured pumpkin. To create the cream-coloured pumpkin with orange triangles, use the cutting mat to create triangles. Using your straight edge ruler and a utility knife, slice your Scotch® Expressions Masking Tape, Tangerine  into the required shapes. Because this tape is repositionable, you can keep them on the cutting mat until you require them. They can then be applied to the pumpkin in a random or structured pattern. Be sure to repeat the pattern all the way around your pumpkin for a finished look.
1200x1200_HalloweenPumpkin_Step3No-Mess Jack-o’-lantern. For a more traditional look, you can use the same triangles from theScotch® Expressions Masking Tape, Tangerine to create two eyes and a nose. To create a mouth, use the cutting mat to slice narrow strips of Scotch® Expressions Masking Tape, Tangerine . Use the narrow strips you’ve created to outline a mouth. Add teeth by using small rectangles cut from the masking tape. Alternatively, you can use Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Black if you choose a plastic orange pumpkin or a regular pumpkin.
1200x1200_HalloweenPumpkin_Step5EXPERT TIP: Great creative! Have fun with the No-Mess Jack-o’-lantern by playing around to create different facial expressions to create a scary, fun or cute Jack-o’-lantern look!

And there it is. A fun way to create pumpkin decorations this Halloween without worrying about carving, or making a mess! Enjoy.

Looking for some more project details? Feel free to follow our good friend Allison’s blog. She’s a great Interior Designer that has helped us create this project, and has more tips to help you out.

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