Skip the mess this fall and glam up a pumpkin with some tape and a can of spray paint to make these no carve pumpkins!

Chevron Stripes

Preparing the Pumpkin

  1. Mark off the desired depth of the chevron (ours is 21/2 in.) on 1-in. painter’s tape.
  2. Cut several lengths.
  3. Mark the widest point around the pumpkin’s circumference with a pencil.
  4. Position a length of tape on a 30- to 45-degree angle so that the bottom corner touches the center guideline.
  5. Apply lengths of tape around the pumpkin at the same angle with one corner of each piece touching the center mark, and overlapping the pieces at the ends to form a continuous line.
  6. Add stripes above and below the center about 1 in. apart to complete design.
  7. Tape over stem.

Time for Paint!

  1. Working quickly in a well- ventilated area, spray-paint pumpkin.
  2. Wait a minute or two. Spray on a second coat.
  3. Wait a minute or so and then remove tape strips. Do this while the paint is still tacky to prevent chipping.
  4. Let paint dry thoroughly.