Let's face it, carving pumpkins isn't the most convenient (or clean) of fall activities, so I thought it might be fun to gather together a few fun pumpkin decorating alternatives like those beautifully patterned painted pumpkins from Alisa Burke pictured above.

Click through to see 5 more great ideas below!

White paint and rick rack, I'm so in. Love these pretties from Eddie Ross.

Break out the ModPodge, it's time to get crazy! This fun idea was spotted over at Make and Takes.

I love monograms and the idea of putting one on pumpkin is pure inspiration. See the tutorial here from The Butlers.

Don't these remind you of Faberge eggs? So delicate and beautiful! See more here from Alisa Burke.

A swarm of paper bats, ahhhh!! I think it looks so cool, what a great idea from No Biggie!

How do you feel about pumpkin carving? Love the tradition or can't stand the mess?