10/09/2011 01:34 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Halloween Crafts: 6 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

When it comes to creating show-stopping pumpkins for Halloween, you've normally been caught between two options: a. trying your best to master carving and b. a not-so-sophisticated paint job. Option "a" always leads to arguments, hurt feelings and low self-esteem, while option "b" ends up looking like a kid did it. There's nothing wrong with kid crafts, but when people mistake your handiwork for an elementary school child's...cue the sad trombone music.

So I found 6 ideas that don't involve complex carving, yet still make a stylish splash. Some are more time-consuming than others, but all can be adapted to fit your time constraints. Check them out in this slideshow.