Decorating pumpkins is one of my favorite fall activities. Carving pumpkins can be messy and time-consuming, and painting is fun and easy. But this year I wanted to try some new decorating ideas with my kids. I searched Pinterest to find creative and easy ways to decorate pumpkins. Here are five of my favorite easy pumpkin decorating ideas!

Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Materials Needed: Crayons (a great way to use broken/old crayons), tacky glue, pumpkin, hairdryer

I got the idea for this pumpkin from The Swell Designer. Kids of all ages will love this pumpkin. Older kids can play around with colors and patterns, while younger kids (like my 16-month-old) enjoy watching the process. Simply glue your crayons around the pumpkin stem using tacky glue (see the photo above), and then blast with a hairdryer on high heat until crayons melt down the sides of the pumpkin.

Googly Eye Pumpkin

Materials Needed: any size pumpkin, self-adhesive googly eyes

The Googly Eye Pumpkin is one of the easiest pumpkins. All you have to do is stick the eyes (or glue if you don’t have the self-adhesive eyes) on the pumpkin. My toddler and preschooler could both decorate this pumpkin on their own.

Spooky Spider Pumpkin

Materials Needed: large pumpkin, fake spider webs, plastic spiders, foam bat or other spooky decorations

This pumpkin kept our 4-year-old entertained the longest. He draped the spider web around the pumpkin and I used tacky glue to keep it in place. He glued the spider around the pumpkin and added the foam bat.

Chalk Pumpkin

Materials Needed: pumpkin (any size), chalkboard paint, chalk

This is one of my favorite pumpkin decorating ideas because it’s so easy and will keep the kids occupied throughout the whole season. Paint your pumpkin with chalkboard paint, let it dry, then have the kids color with chalk.

Booval Painted Pumpkin

Materials Needed: pumpkin, letter stickers, paint, foam dabbers

Even if you’re in St. Johns County, you can still show your Jaguars pride with this Booval Pumpkin. I bought a white pumpkin, then arranged the craft letter stickers on the front (see photo above). My son helped me paint the paw prints using the foam dabbers. Not a Jags fan? Switch up the letters and colors to represent your favorite sports team.