Posted Oct 24, 2013

Lovely Crafternoon: Halloween Edition


Maybe it’s the crisp fall weather, or perhaps the fact there seems to be a pumpkin everywhere we turn; whatever it is, we just couldn’t help getting into the Halloween spirit here at Lovely! We picked out some of our favorite DIY no-carve pumpkin projects (who’s got the time, really?) and decided to give ‘em a shot. These fun and easy pumpkin decorating activities made for a spook-tastic crafternoon (and make great festive accessories in our apartments)! Take a look at our pumpkins and follow along for step by step instructions to recreate.

Have a great design of your own? Share it with us in the comments below or @Lovely!

Lovely Signature Pumpkin

We loved this swarm of bats pumpkin featured on Spoonful, but we decided to add our own twist–our logo!

What you’ll need:

  • Medium or large sized pumpkin
  • Pattern for bat, stencil design of your choice, and scissors
  • Black poster board
  • Black paint and paint brush or black sharpie
  • Elmer’s Rubber Cement


How to make your own:

  • Print out your logo and attach it to poster board so it will be easier to trace onto the pumpkin. Trace and cut out your logo from the piece of poster board. We used our company logo, but you can use anything from your name, company or your favorite Halloween phrase!
  • Tape pattern to the center of the pumpkin and trace logo onto pumpkin with pencil or thin pen.
  • Remove taped pattern and use a thin paintbrush and black paint to fill in logo design. (Helpful Hint: To maximize precision, consider using a black sharpie pen to trace the design before you paint)


  • Print out a simple image of a bat and trace onto black poster board (this will serve as your pattern). Cut out 8-10 bats depending on pumpkin and pattern size.
  • Fold bat wings slightly to give an illusion of 3D.
  • Put a small amount of rubber cement on the center portion of the bat and stick to pumpkin. (Helpful Hint: Place all of the bats on the pumpkin in the same direction so it appears as they are flying off the pumpkin)



Batty the Bat O’ Lantern

This super simple no carve pumpkin inspired by Spoonful is too cute to resist! It turned out to be our favorite design and it even bears a striking resemblance to Lovely’s pup in residence, Benson!

What you’ll need:

  • Small or medium sized pumpkin
  • Black and white poster board
  • Black paint and paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Paper plate


How to make your own:

  • Paint the entire pumpkin with black paint. (Helpful Hint: Put a generous amount of black paint onto paper plate and place pumpkin on the plate. This will allow you to cover the entire pumpkin in black paint without covering your hands!)
  • While the paint is drying, draw bat wings onto black poster board and then cut out wings. We free-handed the wings, but feel free to print a bat wing template to trace.
  • Cut two small ovals for the eyes and paint a black dot.

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  • Once pumpkin is dry, use a small amount of rubber cement to attach eyes and wings to the pumpkin.
  • Don’t forget to name your bat!

No Carve Jack O’ Lantern

We couldn’t decorate our own pumpkins without giving one the face of a traditional Jack O’ Lantern!

What you’ll need:

  • Medium sized pumpkin
  • Black paint, paint brush, and tape


How to make your own:

  • You have a lot of freedom with this one! Use tape to outline the design on your pumpkin. We used masking tape to outline triangular eyes and a nose and a fun mouth.
  • Paint inside the tape shapes.
  • Once the paint is completely dry, remove tape. (Helpful Hint: If paint is not completely dry when you remove tape, paint will smudge)

Geometric Shapes Pumpkin

We love the black and orange, but we decided to spice things up with some color for our last two pumpkins.

What you’ll need:

  •  Two pumpkins (we chose one traditional pumpkin and one light orange pumpkin)
  • Assortment of paint colors, paint brushes, and tape


How to make your own:

  • Choose your colors and design.
  • Create shapes on each pumpkin using masking tape.
  • Paint inside the masking tape and wait until entirely dry before removing tape.


  • Add any other fun details to make this pumpkin your own!

Drumroll please…here is a view of our festive (and delicious) Halloween craft table! Stay tuned for the Part 2 of our Lovely Crafternoon: Halloween Edition for recipes on how to make the Halloween inspired sweet treats seen here!




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Elizabeth is the Communications & Marketing Lead at Lovely where she helps spread the word about Lovely's mission far and wide. She loves corgis, Beyonce and helping renters enjoy the best possible experience in their homes.

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