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[pumpkin carving templates]76 Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas 2021

  night sky pumpkins carving ideas

  Becky Stayner

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  Night Sky Pumpkins

  Three different night sky scenes will light up your front porch or party table with seasonally appropriate motifs.

  To make:

  Harvest Moon: Cut a hole in the bottom of a medium heirloom pumpkin; scoop out the pulp and seeds. Cut a round opening in the front of the pumpkin. Cut a piece of white vellum paper that is just larger than the hole and draw the craters of the moon on it with a gray paint pen. Center the vellum to the inside of the pumpkin and attach it with straight pins. Attach a few lengths of twine around the opening with hot-glue. Wrap a bundle of dry wheat or grass with twine, and attach to the pumpkin with hot-glue.

  Crescent Corn Moon: Cut out a crescent moon shape from a piece of cardboard. Remove the kernels from a few ears of flint corn, and attach to cardboard with hot-glue. Glue a piece of colorful twine around the edge of the moon to cover up the cardboard. Glue a loop of twine to the back of the cardboard, and loop around the stem of a pumpkin to hang.

  Stars and Constellations: Cut a hole in the bottom of a medium heirloom pumpkin; scoop out the pulp and seeds. Lightly draw constellation shapes with a pencil. Using an awl or electric drill with a small bit, drill main points along the constellations. Thread orange waxed twine between the points with a large-eye sewing needle. Use a large and medium drill bit to create single stars and a linoleum carving tool to create starbursts.

  gnome house pumpkin carving ideas

  Becky Stayner

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  Gnome House Pumpkin

  Little hands will love helping create this sweet little gourd cottage and keeping an eye out for the gnomes that are surely going to move in.

  To make: Cut a hole in the bottom of a medium-size blue Hubbard squash; scoop out the pulp and seeds. Cut out the door and circular door window. Etch lines in the door with a linoleum carving tool, and insert toothpicks (shortened if necessary) to create window muttons. Lightly draw flower design on either side of door with a pencil, and use linoleum carving tool to etch out. Insert the door into the opening and hold in place with toothpicks. Hot-glue mini glass balls into acorn caps to create lights; attach to pumpkin with hot-glue. Cut half to two-thirds off of a wood round; attach to pumpkin, above the door to create an awning.

  Cut a hole in the bottom of a small brown or green acorn squash; scoop out the pulp and seeds. Cut a circular window, and insert toothpicks (shortened if necessary) to create window muttons. Lightly draw flower design around window with a pencil, and use linoleum carving tool to etch out. Stack pumpkins and add wood round steps and ginkgo leaves.

  fauxbois pumpkin pumpkin carving ideas

  Becky Stayner

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  Painted Faux-Bois Pumpkin

  Adding paint to an etched faux-bois (the artistic imitation of wood) pumpkin helps the colors pop, adding fun flair to this sophisticated design.

  To make: Lightly sketch a faux-bois pattern on a pumpkin with a pencil. Use a linoleum carving tool to etch out the pattern. Once complete, paint unetched part of the pumpkin with acrylic paint. If you get any paint in the etched grain, you can remove it up with the carving tool once dry.

  pumpkin carving ideas candy dispenser

  Brian Woodcock

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  Pumpkin Candy Dispenser

  Why go for a store-bought candy bowl when you can get creative with this DIY dispenser?

  Make the Dispenser Pumpkin: Trace the bottom of a glass bowl or storage container onto the front of a medium pumpkin. Cut out around tracing then scoop out pulp and seeds. Insert bowl, making the hole slightly bigger if necessary. Attach a piece of thick rope with hot glue.

  pumpkin carving ideas honeycomb

  Brian Woodcock

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  Honeycomb Pumpkin

  Think completely outside the box with this honeycomb design. We guarantee the unique look will impress your guests!

  Make the Honeycomb Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the bottom of a medium orange pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Draw a honeycomb pattern on the front; etch out. Cut out a few of the combs and paint the remaining combs with yellow craft paint. Lean a honey dipper against its side.

  pumpkin carving beanbag

  Brian Woodcock

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  Bean Bag Toss Carved Pumpkin

  Turn your carved pumpkin into a ring toss game that will be a fun activity for the whole family.

  Make the Bean Bag Toss Pumpkin: Cut a large hole in the bottom of one large and one medium pumpkin; scoop out the pulp and seeds. Trace our face template on the pumpkins, scaling up or down as necessary. Cut out the faces, and then stack the medium pumpkin on top of the large one, using skewers to help hold them in place. To play, toss beanbags into your gourds’ mouths, awarding 10 points for the bottom and 20 for the top.

  pumpkin carving marquee

  Brian Woodcock

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  Marquee Sign

  Light up the whole neighborhood with this bright and cheery marquee sign pumpkin.

  Make the Marquee Sign Pumpkin: Cut a large hole in the bottom of an oblong pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Carve desired word or phrase—think BOO, WELCOME, or your last name—or download our FAIR template and trace on the long side of the pumpkin, scaling up or down as necessary. Chisel out letters and border. Remove the bulbs from a strand of globe string lights. Cut holes along the border of the chiseled area for the light sockets; insert sockets then bulbs. Plug in lights and prepare to amaze your trick-or-treaters.

  wood burning stove pumpkin carving idea

  Brian Woodcock

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  Wood-Burning Stove Pumpkin

  No cabin evening is complete without a roaring fire.

  Make the Wood-Burning Stove Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the bottom of an extra-large pumpkin, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace the door template on the pumpkin, scaling up or down as necessary. Chisel out the outline, and use a knife to cut out the windowpanes. Paint the pumpkin (excluding chiseled section) black. Fill with sticks longer than the hole, and top with battery-operated tea lights. Remove the stems from four small pumpkins, and paint pumpkins black; place stove pumpkin on top. Rest a piece of solid, expandable drain pipe over the stem; attach pipe to the wall or ceiling to help it stay upright.

  farm animal pumpkin carving ideas

  Brian Woodcock

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  Hen and Chicks Pumpkin Designs

  Make the Hen Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the bottom of a large pumpkin, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace the hen template. Use a knife to cut out the body and a pencil to lightly trace the comb. Paint comb with red acrylic paint. Tie together several strands of raffia and hot-glue in place to create the tail. Insert a piece of white chicken wire behind the hen’s body, then adhere twigs with hot-glue to create legs and feet.

  Make the Chicks Pumpkin: Trace the chick template onto a smaller whole pumpkin. Use a potter’s needle to indent the outline, then chisel out using a potter’s ribbon tool. Insert a black pushpin for the eye; adhere twigs with hot-glue for the feet.

  dartboard pumpkin

  Brian Woodcock

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  Jigsaw Pumpkin Carving

  Keep the kids entertained with a DIY jigsaw pumpkin.

  Make the Jigsaw Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the bottom of a pumpkin, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace the puzzle template on the pumpkin, scaling up or down as necessary. Use a knife to cut out the puzzle pieces. Use craft paint to paint the puzzle pieces. Challenge kids to complete the puzzle for candy prizes.

  pick up truck pumpkin carving

  Brian Woodcock

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  Pickup Truck Pumpkin Design

  You’ve been to the pumpkin patch and you’re ready to display that haul. Create a home for all those mini pumpkins and replicate your favorite possession: that 1959 Ford F15o!

  Make the Pickup Truck Pumpkin: Turn an oblong pumpkin on its side, then trace the template. Use a potter’s needle tool to indent the outline. Chisel out the truck’s window and outline using a small potter’s ribbon tool, then paint truck desired color using acrylic paint. Stain three mini wooden craft sticks with wood stain; cut off rounded ends (reserving two) and cut one in half. Use hot-glue to attach the sticks on truck bed (trimming as needed) to create the railing and rounded ends to create bumpers. Hot-glue buttons for wheels. Attach a toy trailer and fill with mini pumpkins.

  sunflower pumpkin carving design

  Brian Woodcock

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  Sunflower Pumpkin Carving

  Bring the fields of flowering sunflowers to your front porch with a stack or two of colorful sunflower pumpkins

  Make the Sunflower Pumpkins: Cut a hole in the bottom of two to three pumpkins, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace the templates onto pumpkins. Use a knife to cut out the petals and leaves. Starting in the center of the sunflower, use hot-glue to attach different colors of twine in a spiral pattern. For the stalk, attach green twine in a tight zigzag pattern with hot-glue. Remove the stem from the bottom pumpkin(s); stack as shown. (No wilting sunflowers here! Use wooden skewers to secure your stack.)

  TIP: When scooping, carve from the bottom so the pretty stems stay intact. It also makes lighting candles easier; simply light and place your pumpkin on top.

  cross stitch of a teepee and flames on a pumpkin

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  Cross-Stitch Pumpkin

  Add homespun charm to your decor with our tepee and campfire cross-stitched pumpkins.

  Make the Cross-Stitch Pumpkins: Download and print our cross-stitch patterns. (Adjust pattern size as needed.) Tape onto artificial, carvable pumpkins. (Trust us: You’ll want to display these year after year.) Punch through the pattern’s cross-stitch points with an awl. Use a jab saw to cut an opening in the bottom of both pumpkins large enough for your hand to work inside. Cross-stitch using a tapestry needle and yarn. For tepee support poles and campfire logs, adhere twigs with hot-glue.

  pumpkin carving lantern

  Brian Woodcock

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  Glowing Lantern Pumpkin

  Light up a trick-or-treater’s way with this bright spin on a jack-o’-lantern.

  Make the Glowing Lantern Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the bottom of a large pumpkin, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Download our lantern template. (Adjust template size as needed to fit your pumpkin.) Trace the template onto pumpkin in pencil. Use a knife to cut out the “glass” portion of the lantern, then paint image desired colors. Insert armature wire into the sides of the pumpkin as shown to create a decorative handle. Place candle inside and light.

  pumpkin barrel lined with burlap and filled with apples

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  Pumpkin Barrel

  This pumpkin barrel is perfect for showing off your apple picking haul or filling with candy so that trick-or-treaters can help themselves.

  Make the Pumpkin Barrel: Cut off the top quarter of an extra-large pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Hot-glue three strips of ribbon around outside of pumpkin. Stuff pumpkin three-fourths full with Poly-Fil. Insert burlap fabric into the opening and fold over outside of pumpkin; hold in place with upholstery tacks. Fill with apples or desired items.

  constellation on a black pumpkin

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  Big Dipper Pumpkin Carving

  A twinkling twist on typical carved decor.

  Make the Big Dipper Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the back of a large pumpkin and scoop out pulp and seeds. Coat the surface with chalkboard spray-paint and let dry; season as instructed. Use white stick chalk to mark the Big Dipper, then drill through the points with a medium drill bit. Insert a battery-powered string of lights in the constellation points. Use white chalk to connect points, and draw additional stars on pumpkin.

  pumpkin basket made with grapevine and filled with mini pumpkins

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  Pumpkin Basket

  What’s better than a big festive pumpkin for Halloween, you ask? A pumpkin with even more pumpkins inside of it, naturally!

  Make the Pumpkin Basket: Cut off the top quarter of a flat pumpkin (this is a Musquee de Provence variety); scoop out pulp and seeds. Attach lengths of grapevine just below the opening with T-pins. Attach a grapevine handle just inside the opening with T-pins. Nestle mini pumpkins in the basket.

  pumpkin sign

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  Pumpkin Sign

  Welcome guests with a pumpkin sign. Customize as desired by writing your family name, the year your house was built, or festive spooking sayings.

  Make the Pumpkin Sign: Cut a large hole in back of an oblong pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Remove flesh so it’s light enough to hang. Etch outline of desired phrase on long side of pumpkin. Color center of letters with a black oil-based paint pen. Paint two 2″ by 1″ boards black; once dry, use white paint for desired phrases. Hang from bottom of pumpkin with chain. Cut hole in oblong top of pumpkin. Cut 1″ dowel the width of the top inside of pumpkin (parallel with words). Tie rope around dowel, and feed rope through hole; hang.

  pumpkin with twisting vines etched into it

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  Twisting Vines Pumpkin

  Twisting vines glow when etched into, but not through, a hallowed-out pumpkin.

  Make Twisting Vines Pumpkin: Cut a hole in bottom of a pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Gently sketch your design on the pumpkin and use a lemon zester, clay loop, or linoleum cutter to etch out design. Insert a candle in the hole, light, and display.

  thirsty vampire

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  Thirsty Vampire Pumpkin

  Don’t worry, this blood sucking creature won’t do too much harm on fright night.

  Make the Thirsty Vampire Pumpkin: Carve eyes, brows, and a mouth into a hollowed-out white pumpkin. Make pupils with permanent marker. Paint large wood teardrops white with red tips to make fangs; push into place. Top with a widow’s peak cut from a slightly larger orange pumpkin. Pin a black craft foam collar around the pumpkin.

  carving pumpkin with drill

  John Kernick

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  Easy Twinkling Dots Pumpkin

  It may look elaborate, but this polka-dot pattern is really very easy.

  Make Easy Twinkling Dots Pumpkin: Lightly draw your pattern on a pumpkin, leaving enough space between dots so holes won’t overlap. Punch it out with a power drill and various size bits. A detailed design shines brighter by placing LED string lights inside.

  sweet scarecrow pumpkin  with candy corns and corn husk details

  Antonis Achilleos/Woman’s Day

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  Sweet Scarecrow Pumpkin

  This candy-filled scarecrow is way too sweet to scare away any trick-or-treaters.

  Make the pumpkin: Carve a pumpkin face design, and then make its features pop with candy corn in assorted shapes and sizes. Use corn husks to create hair and tie a bow.

  silly witch pumpkin

  Steve Girault/Woman’s Day

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  Silly Witch Pumpkin

  Sweet and friendly with lush eyelashes that’ll make anyone jealous this witch pumpkin is ready to great trick-or treaters with a smile!

  Make the pumpkin: Stack three white pumpkins. Carve a friendly face in the top most pumpkin. Paint on eyelashes with black acrylic paint and use pushpins to create pupils. Wrap a piece of black felt around the “neck” and tie in place with ribbon. Top it all off with a witch hat.

  lollipop pumpkin

  Antonis Achilleos/Woman’s Day

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  Lollipop Pumpkin

  Let the kids help themselves to candy this year with this ingenious lollipop pumpkin.

  Make the pumpkin: Hollow out a pumpkin from the bottom. Carve half-circle mouth with a tooth, 2 half-circle eyes with pupils and triangle nose. For eyes, push in inner piece (don’t remove). Then, etch away skin on pupils and tooth with linoleum cutter. Use awl to poke holes about 1 1/2″ apart across top and sides of pumpkin. Push lollipops into holes to create hair.

  owl pumpkin carving ideas

  Romulo Yanes/Woman’s Day

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  Family of Owls Pumpkins

  These pumpkins are a real hoot!

  Make Family of Owls Pumpkins: Cut a hole in the bottom of three pumpkins, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Trace mama owl, baby out, and papa owl faces on pumpkins and carve out. Use nut for the ears and feet, attaching them with hot glue.

  pumpkin carving ideas

  Dana Gallagher

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  Lamp Jack-o’-Lantern Idea

  Put a cheeky spin on the word jack-o’-lantern with three glowing silhouettes of old-school lamps.

  Get the tutorial.

  fox pumpkin made from squash

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  Fox Pumpkin

  Invite this happy friend into your house or onto your front porch. He’ll greet party guests and trick-or-treaters with a welcoming smile.

  Make the Fox Pumpkin: Stand the variegated squash straight up. Break five skewers in half and stick them into the back of the squash where the tail should sit, leaving 2″ exposed. Press the bell-shaped orange gourd into the skewers at the back of the squash to secure as the tail. (Tip: If the skewers sink into the squash too much as you attach the gourd, simply pinch each with two fingers to hold in place while the gourd slides onto the individual skewer.)

  Break four skewers in half and press them into the top of the squash body, leaving 2″ exposed. Position a small pumpkin so the stem is centered where the nose should sit and push down on the skewers to secure. With the tip of the craft knife, etch out a thin smile by scraping away just the top layer of rind.

  To create eye sockets, etch slightly deeper holes. Remove the caps of two large acorns. Flip each cap curved-side out and press into the sockets. Remove the caps of slightly smaller acorns. Apply a dot of hot glue to each acorn and affix to the eye socket caps as pupils. Using the craft knife, cut the small pumpkin into quarters (slice in half horizontally, then in half vertically), scraping away any excess flesh with the spoon. Rinse and clean a handful of seeds. Pat dry and set aside. Cut pointy ears from two of the pumpkin quarters and press into the pumpkin head with a skewer (break, as needed), allowing the fleshy side to face forward. Turn the remaining pumpkin quarters face down and use the hot glue to affix three pumpkin seeds to each to resemble claws. Secure to the body with skewers (break, as needed).

  mason jar pumpkin carving

  Jennifer Causey

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  Mason Jar Pumpkin Carving Idea

  This ode to the iconic Ball Mason jar features “fireflies” courtesy of string lights.

  Make the Mason Jar Pumpkin: Cut a hole in the bottom of the gourd and scoop out pulp and seeds. Tape transfer paper onto the surface, followed by our downloadable jar sketch. Trace design using a pencil; remove papers. Using an X-Acto knife, follow the transferred image to chisel the outline of the jar onto the pumpkin, then use a linoleum cutter to gently shave the surrounding area as shown. For fireflies, cut several holes with a small clay hole cutter, then illuminate with battery-powered lights.

  happy haunters pumpkins made from butternut squash

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  Happy Haunters Pumpkins

  No need to look any further than the produce section to create this band of merry Halloween revelers.

  Get the tutorial at Woman’s Day.

  pumpkin carving ideas leaves


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  Autumn Leaf Carving

  Turn your pumpkin into a work of art by using a small knife to gently create leaves. After all, the foliage is one of the prettiest parts of fall.

  Get the tutorial at Scandinavian Love Song.