What a Hoot: No-Carve Pumpkin Owls!


My harvest of pumpkins around the Potting Shed still have several weeks of life left and I’m squeezing out all the enjoyment from them that I can through Thanksgiving since fall is my favorite season!


 I planned to share these no-carve pumpkin owls before Owl-oween but October flew by way too quickly!

My inspiration came from Better Homes & Gardens. You can find their pumpkin owls with features crafted from sunflower seeds, feathers and nuts, here.

These owl pumpkins were a hoot to make, foraging for natural materials including pine cones, hickory nut hulls, acorn caps, maiden grass, magnolia pods, and even pistachio shells!


Use a hot glue gun to attach your materials or the craft glue of your choice that dries clear. The benefit of using hot glue is that it dries quickly, just make sure you keep a glass of ice water handy to prevent burns on your fingers.

I used a hack saw to cut magnolia pods for a set of ears. What a challenge. . .Whooooo knew magnolia pods were so hard?


The rest of the features were easy and fun to assemble. . .

I used wire cutters to snip off the pine cone scales for the eyes and feather details.


Our maiden grass is blooming so I cut some plumes to glue on the pumpkin owls for feathery details.

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 The plumes open up after it’s cut for fuzzy feathers and brows! Give the grass a spritz of hairspray to keep the fuzz from flying away.


Pistachio shells and hickory nut hulls were glued on twigs and placed beneath the pumpkins for owl talons.


This is a fun project to give your pumpkin a life beyond the jack–o’–lantern! I used white pumpkins but you can use orange or faux pumpkins to make a “parliament” of owls.

You can find them at a whimsical table, HERE.

Fall has been slow to arrive in North Carolina and I want to savor every minute of it before the madness and mayhem of the Christmas and holiday season begins!

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

Between Naps on the Porch,
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Savvy Southern Style, Shabby Fufu, Designthusiasm


  38 comments for “What a Hoot: No-Carve Pumpkin Owls!

  1. Ellen Stillabower
    November 3, 2016 at 6:48 am

    So cute!! What a hoot of an idea!!!! 🎃🎃🎃🎃

  2. Sue
    November 3, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Very cute Mary!!!

  3. November 3, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Mary, what a cute idea…a great project to do with children as helpers! Happy Thursday

  4. emily
    November 3, 2016 at 7:50 am

    You are just incredibly creative! I love this!

  5. Gail
    November 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Adorable and well done

  6. Mary Michelle
    November 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

    So creative! How wonderful to have all the natural materials at hand. I love your use of the maiden grass – perfect.

  7. November 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Lovin’ the pinecone eyes! The baby boo is hilarious:@)

  8. Kathi Layfield
    November 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Absolutely adorable!!! You did a fantastic job…your imagination is awesome!!!

  9. November 3, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Yee-Haw! I love your parliament of owls. I’ve been madly pinning no carve pumpkins … all set for next year!

  10. November 3, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Absolutely owl-dorable! Ouch, right? :)
    I Love what you do!

  11. November 3, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Oh Mary, your owl family cracks me up! They are hysterical! Love the maiden grass, and all the other natural elements you used for your pumpkin people, definitely a HOOT! I swear, I’ve seen so many cute ideas for pumpkins, I think the season should be extended! If your owl pumpkins hold up they would be cute decked out with some Christmas bling for your holiday potting shed :)

    • November 3, 2016 at 9:41 am

      What a great idea Jenna!

  12. Bev
    November 3, 2016 at 9:24 am

    How clever you are.

  13. November 3, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Mary, these are fantastic! I didn’t know exactly how hard magnolia pods are, but sounds like they were the hardest to deal with. Lol, your husband’s wire cutters. My lips are mum. ;)

  14. Diane R.
    November 3, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Hello Mary. Is there somewhere for me to peruse all your recipes?

  15. Belle Bleu Interiors
    November 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Mary, these pumpkins are absolutely precious! What a wonderful idea! I think I will try this with my kids. They love making crafts, and this would be the perfect project for them. Thanks so much for sharing! I hope that you have a great day!!!

  16. Linda Charlton
    November 3, 2016 at 11:41 am

    So clever. Love them!

  17. Joan
    November 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    How talented you are. They are a hoot!

  18. Marion
    November 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    How cute. You did a great job with the pumpkins. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Marilyn
    November 3, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    What a great idea. Those owl pumpkins are so much fun. You sure have a creative talent.

  20. November 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Those owls are just adorable, Mary! I’ll never make a peep about using your hubby’s wire cutters. The maiden grass sure made excellent plumes and feathers, as did all the other material from nature. What cute creatures to keep around through November.

  21. November 3, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Adorable!!!….I feel that the no carve pumpkins are a great project for kids…no worries about the carving knife….What a hoot of a family!!!…Love the hair!

  22. Cyndi Raines
    November 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Great job Mary! They are all to cute!!

  23. Paula
    November 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm


    I totally agree , the owls are a big hoot !! very cute !!

    I can’t believe we are still having temps in the 70s here in northern Indiana, now that’s a big hoot for us Hoosiers!! :)


  24. November 3, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Mary, You are a genius! I would love to see how your brain comes up with these creative and adorable projects! I love these little pumpkin owls. So cute! Linda

  25. November 4, 2016 at 3:11 am

    They are absolutely adorable!

  26. November 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Very cute owl pumpkins. Your energy is amazing. What will you think of next! I’m sure this will be pinned a 100 times.

  27. November 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Very cute, Mary.

  28. November 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    oh my gosh, i love the way you did the eyes in all sorts of ways. so creative!

  29. October 31, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Too cute! Pinned for next year.

  30. Linda Premo
    October 4, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Just so very super duper cute!!!!

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