Creative No-Carve Pumpkins

September 24, 2015 | By | Comments (5)

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are popping up left and right. This year, we urge you to spare yourself the hard work of carving and opt for a more elegant (and longer lasting) option instead.

Enter the Chinoiserie pumpkin–a step above the traditional black and orange palette that haunts the holiday. We fell in love with these from Dana Mahnke of Indigo Home.

Small-Chinoiserie-PumpkinDana, a Williamsburg, VA native, grew up admiring her grandmother’s Blue Willow china pattern (that she eventually inherited). Her love of pattern, blue and white, and the movement that is reflected in Chinoiserie patterns inspires her in everything that she creates (see dog bowls, Christmas ornaments, and Easter eggs).

At $125, the pumpkins are a little steep but worth the splurge. You can use them year after year and let’s be honest, Chinoiserie isn’t going anywhere.

However, for you DIY folks, we reached out to
Dana for a few tips on making these at home:



  1. Choose a color palette that inspires you. Not sure what that is? Peek into your closet. You’ll easily find your go-to shade.
  2. Start with three pumpkins. Paint a solid base. Dana prefers acrylic paint because it’s easy to clean and won’t drip.
  3. Pick three design patterns—one for each pumpkin—that vary in scale. This will keep the eye moving from one pumpkin to the next without being overwhelming. Stencils (found at your local craft store) make painting a design a breeze.


  1. stewart


    June 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  2. Pam

    Hello Dana: beautiful pumpkins. The article says they are reusable for more than one year. Is this correct? Do you remove the insides before you paint them?

    September 28, 2015 at 12:20 am
  3. Dana

    Thank you so much, Meme Davis for this post on my work!
    xx Dana

    September 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm
  4. Lisa Christopher Grimes

    Blue Willow has always been my fav!

    September 25, 2015 at 4:29 am
  5. Summer Hamlin

    SO incredibly beautiful!!!! Must have!

    September 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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