I remember last fall like it was yesterday. I wanted to be the "cool mom" who let their kids do "cool things" like carve pumpkins and go trick-or-treating. Little did I know, however, that when it came time to actually carve said pumpkins, it would be the most impractical and slightly terrifying experience of my life (don't worry, no toddlers where harmed in the making of our pumpkins, but the potential was frightening enough). Carving knives (even the "kid safe" kind) and toddlers don't mix well and so, finding pumpkin decorating ideas that don't require a carving knife was my M.O.
Luckily, I didn't have to search very hard, because creative ideas for decorating pumpkins are everywhere. If you, like me, are scared that your kid might carve more than just the pumpkin, lose the knives and stick to more kid-friendly options. Not to mention the fact that your biceps will thank you too — carving through that shell was more of a workout than I intended.
These DIY (knife-less) pumpkin decorating ideas are just as simple, more creative, and even more beautiful than your run of the mill Jack-o-lantern and they'd make the perfect addition to any front porch, stairway, mantle, or bedroom. Most importantly, you don't need to worry about an emergency situation during your fall decorating session.