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This No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin DIY Is a No-Brainer

The following post was originally featured on Sarah Hearts and written by blogger Sarah Khandjian, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Living.

A while back I shared a video tutorial on how to make ombré painted pumpkins. Since I'm still loving the ombré trend, I decided to remake that tutorial by adding a festive adhesive vinyl sticker to the mix. The result is a bold pumpkin with festive text!

I used my Silhouette to cut out the black adhesive vinyl. It's not necessary to complete this project, but I promise if you get one, you'll find a million uses for it. I totally have!


I started with a white faux pumpkin, but this project can also be done on real pumpkins. I like the idea of being able to reuse faux pumpkins each year by simply repainting/redecorating them.


  1. Start by painting the entire pumpkin white. If you're using a white faux pumpkin, skip this step!
  2. Start by painting the lightest color on the upper third of the pumpkin. You need to work quickly! While the paint is still wet, paint the medium shade on the middle portion of the pumpkin. Then quickly paint the darkest color on the bottom third of the pumpkin. Brush over each previously painted section to blend the colors. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  3. Meanwhile, use your Silhouette to cut out the Trick or Treat template on adhesive vinyl. (Here are some tips on cutting out and applying vinyl stickers with your Silhouette.) If you don't have a Silhouette, use the Printable Trick or Treat template. Print out the template, cut out the black shape, then trace the design on a sheet of vinyl. Then use your X-Acto or craft knife to cut out the design.
  4. Cover the entire cutout vinyl design with transfer paper. Smooth out any air bubbles with a squeegee or credit card. Peel away the paper backing and the "trick or treat" design should be adhered to the transfer paper. Place the entire design on your pumpkin and carefully press the design onto the pumpkin. I worked from left to right, smoothing out any air bubbles along the way. I also pressed the sticker into the creases of the pumpkin as I went along.

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