Halloween party ideas {Duck tape pumpkins}

No carve pumpkins are my favorite! (I used thumb tacks and Sharpies last year.) Not only is no carve easier, but the pumpkins last way longer! Or you can even use fake ones, which last forever. As for Halloween party ideas, these pumpkins could be used tons of ways: As outside or inside decor, centerpieces, or you could have a no carve pumpkin decorating contest and the let everyone make their own! It’s a BYOP kind of party, P= pumpkin! You could supply the decorating supplies and let everyone go to town!

No carve pumpkin ideas

And just for fun, can you guess which one of these pumpkins is real and which one is fake? (The orange one is real and the white one is fake!) And would you have guessed that the fun faces are made out of tape? Duck Tape to be exact! I’m just full of exciting surprises today! Oh and did I mention this project takes all of 10 minutes with your Cricut Explore machine?! I kind of love it.

What you need:

  • Duck Tape Sheets<– Get them on Amazon for $4.09 a sheet or use a 40% off coupon on one sheet at Hobby Lobby!
  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Any kind of pumpkin
  • Pumpkin face templates

As for pumpkin face templates, I just googled “free pumpkin face templates” and picked the 2 you see above! Then, I used this tutorial to upload the pumpkin face and skull images to my Cricut Explore. Once the image is uploaded, you can make it as big or small as you need to based on the size of your pumpkin. Also, not to waste your Duck Tape sheets, if you click the complete image, adn then hit the “contours” button in the layers screen. You can separate each of the pieces so that you can print them closer together! The purple shapes with the terquoise lines around it will be hidden, allowing you to freely move the one large eye around. Does that make sense?!

Cricut Explore Tip

Once your image(s) are all set, just press the green “C” and this pops up. Here’s what you need to do now:

1. Change the “Select a material” to Duck Tape in the pull down menu

2. Change the dial on your machine to “Custom”

3. Put your sheet of Duck Tape on the sticky Cricut mat.


No carve pumpkin ideas


And then your machine magically cutes perfect pumpkin faces! I kind of love it, y’all! And you seriously just use your fingers to stick the faces on your pumpkins. Easiest pumpkin face ever!

No carve pumpkin ideas


Look how fun these guys are on my front porch! And since it’s just tape, I think I’m going to make another set of faces for the back of the pumpkins that way  I have 4 pumpkin face options!

No carve pumpkin ideas

For more Halloween party ideas check out these 34 fun Halloween party food ideas and Happy OWL-loween party ideas!

Are you planning on throwing a Halloween party this year? Any good tips? Did you guess the fake versus real pumpkin correctly? Are you a good pumpkin carver or would you rather do the no carve thing too? I’d love to hear…

Monday Funday #85 {Fall crafts}

Welcome to Monday Funday! We are so happy you have joined us…


The Monday Funday Link Party is an 8 blog party where you can share your latest creativity including: diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all EIGHT of the blogs below, pretty awesome, huh?!

C.R.A.F.T. ~ Lines Across ~ Uncommon Designs ~ That’s What Che Said ~ Creatively Living ~ Club Chica Circle ~ A Night Owl Blog ~ Setting for Four

This week’s features were chosen by Trish and Bonnie from Uncommon Designs

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Have we told you how much we absolutely adore fall? The cooler weather, and crisp air is a welcome change from the hot, humid summers here in the south. We had a blast going through all the links from last week’s party. You can tell y’all are ready for fall!

So we chose 10 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas…


1. Glittered Monogram Pumpkin by Unoriginal Mom

 2. Digital Goodie Day – Autumn Chalkboard Art – Harvest

3. Bean Pumpkin from Delineate Your Dwelling

4. Wool Felted Acorn Garland by Thistlewood Farms

5. Fall Chalkboard Printable from A Blissful Nest

6. Colorful Fabric Wreath by Directions Not Included

7. Fabric Covered Milk Junk Pumpkin from House on the Way

8. Burlap and Wood Fall Wreath by Finding Home

9. Be Grateful Pallet Art from View from the Fridge

10. Fall Hutch by Remodelando la Casa


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Thankful for you printable

I love sending snail mail, so Vanessa’s “Thankful For You” greeting card printable is right up my alley! And I love that the thankful printable can be used all throughout the year, not just to spruce up your Thanksgiving table! And since it still feels like fall here in Texas, be sure and check out her super fun Fall in Love printable too. 

Free Thanksgiving printable


I’m so thankful to be here, sharing my new printable with all you lovely C.R.A.F.T. readers! I made it especially for the Thanksgiving holiday next week but left it vague enough to use year round. I’m including three different sizes that can be printed out and used for a number of different situations. Print out the mini poster size (8.5×11) if you’re planning on framing as an art piece or need to use a larger image for anything else.

{Download the mini poster size here}

Or you can print out this page of small “Thankful For You” labels to use as dessert accents or utensil labels. Each sheet prints has 20 2.5″ labels.

{Download the small size labels here}

Free Thanksgiving printable Free printable thank you card

The last size is perfect for a 5.5″x5.5″ greeting card. Perfect for a thoughtful sentiment!

{Download the greeting card size here}

Free Thanksgiving printable

Here are all 3 different sized downloads one more time:

{Download the 8.5×11 here}

{Download the small size labels here}

{Download the greeting card size here}

Hope you enjoyed this “Thankful For You” printable and use it as an excuse to thank all the wonderful people in your life! Thanks for having me, Jamie, and see you all next month for another fun free printable! Don’t forget to stop by Tried & True for tons more fun projects and printables like these: Kool-Aid Dyed Playsilks“I Love Everything” Free Coloring Print, and Homemade Body Wash!

Psst… See more about the C.R.A.F.T. contributors here!