Minion Pumpkin (No Carve)

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This adorable Minion Pumpkin is the perfect mess-free Halloween activity! Made with inexpensive craft items from your local dollar store, your kids will have so much fun making their very own little minions to display.

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Minion pumpkin with Happy Halloween sign

Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without fun pumpkins and decorations. Our favorites are always the no carve pumpkins and we’ve created everything from a unicorn pumpkin to a no carve Frankenstein pumpkin!

Every year we try to come up with creative new ideas and many of them are based on popular characters from movies and tv. Since we’ve always loved minions, we decided that it was time to make a fun pumpkin version of these cute little guys.

Kids will love making their own amazing minion pumpkin for a Halloween party or a Despicable Me movie night.

Minion pumpkin with bananas

What We Love About This Minion Pumpkin

  • Safe – What I love most about this no carve pumpkin is that it’s totally safe for little ones. I’m a big fan of my girls keeping all 10 of their fingers and this craft doesn’t require anything sharper than scissors. Younger kids can even use their own kid-friendly scissors.
  • Mess Free – Does anybody actually enjoy cleaning the pumpkin guts? It’s messy and gross and I’m more than happy to skip that entire step!
  • Budget Friendly – These pumpkin minions are super budget friendly and I always stock up when Dollar Tree first puts out their pumpkins (usually in September).
  • Reusable – Unlike real pumpkins, these pumpkins don’t rot. That means that you can use these as Halloween decorations for years to come!

Orange Styrofoam Pumpkins from Dollar Tree

Craft Supplies

  • craft pumpkin
  • yellow paint
  • black ribbon
  • jar lids or gray/silver craft foam
  • craft foam (black, white, and brown)
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks

Tips for Perfect Pumpkins

  • I found it easiest to draw the shapes with a pencil first. Once you get the look you want, flip the piece over so that the pencil markings are on the bottom and don’t show.
  • Get creative! Google Minions and check out all the different ideas. You can have silly minions, frightened minions or even scary minions for Halloween. Each family member can pick a different expression for their own minion pumpkin!
  • I used jar lids for the goggles, just because I happened to have them on hand. You can also use baby jar or a candle jar lid. Mason jar lids could work too, they just happen to be a little bigger. If you only have one lid, don’t worry…just make a minion with one eye instead.
  • Don’t have any lids? You can easily substitute gray or silver craft foam.
  • If you’re making a lot of these for kids to decorate at a party, you can use yellow spray paint to paint all the pumpkins first. Just let them dry overnight and you’ll be good to go.
Glass jars and their lids used to make the no carve minion pumpkins

Looking for more fun pumpkin ideas? I have plenty! From the cutest Baby Yoda pumpkin to a magical Harry Potter pumpkin, check out these 25+ Cute Pumpkin Ideas or scroll to the end of this post to see them all!

It’s a great way to bring the whole family together for a little bit of fall fun!

No carve minion pumpkin with brick background
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Minion Pumpkin (No Carve)

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Active Time 45 minutes
Drying time 30 minutes
Who needs pumpkin carving skills when you can make this adorable no carve minion pumpkin instead. Budget friendly and easy to make, the kids will have a blast with this fun Halloween craft!



  • Paint craft pumpkin with yellow acrylic paint. Let it dry for about 30 minutes. You may need to add a second coat depending on how thick the first coat is.
    Foam pumpkin, Yellow paint
    Pumpkin painted with yellow acrylic paint
  • Wrap ribbon around the pumpkin, about 1/3 of the way down. The ribbon I used was 1/2" but you can go a little bigger or smaller if needed.
    Black ribbon
    Yellow pumpkin with ribbon wrapped around it
  • Use hot glue to attach the jar lids. If you don't have jar lids, you can cut circles out of grey or silver craft foam instead.
    Jar lids, Silver craft foam
    Jar lids glued to front of pumpkin
  • Trace a slightly smaller circle onto white craft foam. You can use an everyday object like a milk jug lid or spice jar cap for tracing.
    Craft foam
    Tracing a circle with a milk jug lid
  • Use a quarter to trace a circle onto the brown craft foam.
    Craft foam
    Tracing a coin on brown craft foam
  • Use a hole punch to make two tiny pupils from black craft foam (you can also use a black sharpie or a dot of black acrylic paint). If you don't have a hole punch, cut two small circles with your scissors. Then use a little bit of hot glue to attach the brown circles to the front of the white ones, then add the pupils.
    Craft foam
    Craft foam eyes for minion pumpkin
  • Glue the eyes onto the silver lids or craft foam.
    Foam eyes attached to minion pumpkin
  • Cut a mouth and teeth from black and white craft foam, then glue together to form the minion's mouth. Attach to the pumpkin and your minion is ready for Halloween!
    Craft foam
    Hand holding minion pumpkin


You can improvise with the lids. Use baby jar lids, mason jar lids or whatever else you have around the house. If you only have one, make it a one-eyed minion. You can even substitute gray or silver craft foam.

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How easy was that? We had so much fun, we just may make a whole minion army!

No carve minion pumpkin with trick or treat sign

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