16 Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas


The best Halloween pumpkin and free pumpkin carving patterns that are sure to impress your kids this Halloween!  Use any of these any printable pumpkin patterns and how to carve a pumpkin to find the perfect pumpkin patterns with characters, animal pumpkin carving ideas, and jack o lantern patterns to make with your kids this Halloween.

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Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

1.  Pumpkin Faces ~ Make your own Pottery Barn inspired pumpkin faces with this free pattern.  It’s a fun way for your children to decorate their pumpkins without having to carve them.

2.  DIY Chevron Pumpkins ~ Chevron stripes are all the rage these days, so this tutorial for making easy Chevron Pumpkins is super apropos this season. You only need 3 supplies to make them, foam pumpkins, paint and painter’s tape. You could always use a real pumpkin if you desire.

3.  Swarm of Bats Pumpkin Patterns ~ Put down your pumpkin carving knife and check out these fun crafty pumpkin ideas over at No Biggie.  She uses paper and paint to create her Halloween pumpkins and you will love all of her pumpkin craft ideas.

How to Carve a Pumpkin

How to Carve a Pumpkin

4.  Cookie Cutter Pumpkins ~ No stencils or patterns or needed for this pumpkin.  Try using your metal cookie cutters.

5.  How to Carve a Pumpkin {tutorial} ~ Tons of pumpkin carving tips to make your pumpkin come out perfect and your carving experience as painless as possible.  Get info on the best way to use a pattern, safety tips, and even find out how long you can expect your carved pumpkin to last.

6.  Pumpkin Carving {drill} ~ Create your own pattern on a pumpkin from a drill.  Simply drill different sized holes into your pumpkin in a desired pattern.  Masking tape helps keep uniform lines.

Animal Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Animal Pumpkin Carving Ideas

7.  Halloween Pumpkin Carving ~ How to use Halloween Pumpkin Carving and Stencils to make the coolest pumpkin or jackolantern on your block.  Carve furry friends or spooky scenes with our creative ideas and stencils.

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

8.  DIY Glitter Pumpkins ~ Looking for easy ways to decorate your pumpkins without having to carve them? This glittery pumpkin is so simple and full of sparkle and pizazz. All you need is mod podge, glitter and a foam brush.

9.  DIY Lace & Ribbon Pumpkins ~ This is a great post with tutorials on how to create different textures on pumpkins using burlap, fabric and lace. Perfect for not only Halloween but to keep out all Fall long! Easy to do, and the results are unique and beautifully festive!

10.  Chalkboard Pumpkin ~ Turn an ordinary pumpkin into a chalkboard canvas.  Simply spray or paint on chalkboard paint and draw your pumpkin face with chalk.  If you aren’t happy with the face you drew you can erase it and try again.

Free Pumpkin Patterns with Characters

Free Pumpkin Patterns with Characters

11.  Minion Painted Pumpkins ~ If your kiddos love Despicable Me, then why not try your hand at painting Minion Pumpkins this Halloween? All you need are brushes, a pumpkin, craft paint, and a few canning lids. {{so cute!}}

12.  Angry Bird Pumpkin Carving ~ Five free Angry Bird stencils for carving yellow bird, blue bird, red bird, chicken and pig.

Printable Pumpkin Patterns

Printable Pumpkin Patterns

13.  Boo Pumpkin Stencil ~ Print this bold “BOO” stencil to decorate one pumpkin or on three pumpkins to spell B-O-O.  You can line them up to light up your walkway, driveway, stairway or porch.

14.  Hunger Games Jack-o-lantern Pattern ~ Hunger Games fans you’re going to love this free printable pattern of the Mocking Jay!  Download, print and carve away.

15.  Frozen Printable Pumpkin Patterns ~ Four free printable patterns from the characters of Frozen that include Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff.

How to Preserve Your Pumpkin

Preserving Carved Pumpkins

16.  How To Preserve Your Jack-o-Lantern ~ If you get in the Halloween spirit a little earlier than some and need some tips for extending the life of your carved pumpkin, you can check out these 7 tips for preventing pumpkin mold.

16 Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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