HOW TO CARVE A PERFECT PUMPKIN w/ FREE & EASY PUMPKIN CARVING STENCILS
Fall is my ALL time favorite part of the year. The summer is coming to a close, the cooler temps start to kick in and the crafts come out! Print your free pumpkin carving stencil and get your crafting on!
You can let your imagination soar and carve whatever your heart desires.
I have conjured up a few super easy pumpkin carving stencils for you to pick from. Send me some pictures of the one you decided to make! For those that aren’t pumpkin carving cynosures, I have made a short how-to as well.
I have also included a few of my favorite tools as well.
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HOW TO CARVE THE PERFECT PUMPKIN
Step #1 Carve a Hole in the Pumpkin
Let me start by saying that there are carving kits sold everywhere. BUT, they NEVER last! I got this set and absolutely love it!
The first step is to hollow out the pumpkin. Use a keyhole saw (the longest saw in your kit) to cut the hole.
Also, make sure that you cut out a small notch so you know where the lid lines up at.
Step #2 Scoop the Goop
Scoop out seeds, pulp, and fleshy bits with the spoon like scraper too.
Step #3 Transfer Your Favorite Printable Stencil
Secure your pattern by taping it directly on the pumpkin. Using your poker tool in the kit trace your design on to the pumpkin. Once this is done, remove the stencil and move on to step 4.
Step #4 Time to Carve
Remove the pattern from the pumpkin. You should see tiny holes where you poked. These will be your cutting lines. Use your miniature saw to cut along the lines. Then you are done.
Add a tea light candle and watch your masterpiece come to life! We use battery operated tea lights since we have a 4-yr-old that likes to mess with her pumpkin. I highly encourage these!
Now that you have the steps to carving the perfect pumpkin, it’s time to get to work.
Pick out your favorite design and don’t forget to send me pictures of the finished piece!
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CLICK ON EACH STENCIL YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT
I am a traditional girl myself and I love the simplicity of the standard Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin carving stencil. He is very easy to do. Poke your holes along the edge of the black lines. This is what you will cutout.
For the Boo! pumpkin carving stencil, cut along the lettering. What will be removed off of your pumpkin is the black portion of this stencil.
I don’t believe in ghosts, but he sure will make a fun statement where ever he is placed. After you have affixed the stencil on your pumpkin, poke along edge of the ghost. You will cut out the black portion of this pumpkin pattern.
I just HAD to incorporate a unicorn in here somewhere. It is by far my daughter’s favorite animal and I am certain this is the pumpkin carving pattern she will pick out. I have a good feeling that I will be doing it though. Ah… the joys of motherhood.
Like many before, poke and cut out the black on this magical beast.
I am throwing in learning each time we craft. The 123 pumpkin carving stencil is a great teaching opportunity if you have small kiddos.
Poke along the white lettering. This one will be slightly different than the ones before. Rather than cut along the black shading, cut the white portion of this stencil.
If cut along the black, your numbers will collapse inside the pumpkin. I certainly wouldn’t want all your hard work to go to waste! CUT THE WHITE!
Again, TEACHING OPPORTUNITY! Cut along the white lettering of your ABC’s so they don’t fall into the pumpkin.
You can also add a touch of fun thinking of Halloween and fall words that start with A, B, and C.
A – Acorn, apple, autumn…
B – Boo!, bat, bale of hay…
C – Candy corn, cobweb, chilly…
This was not a house hold favorite of ours only because I have small girls, but if you have older kids or boys, they will love this design!
Don’t forget that you can download and print each stencil simply by clicking on the pattern.
Our plan this year is to make a pumpkin family. This one will represent my 7 month old. How cute is he/she?!
The flying bats are super fun to do, but can be a smidgen tedious due to the smaller features on the head and ears.
Once it is completed, it is sure to turn some heads though! Poke your holes along the edge of the bats. This is what you will cut out.
Nothing says Halloween quite like a black cat. Or in this case, an illuminating cat. Sadly the eyes will not be represented in your pumpkin, but poke and cut along the black edge.
I love a Happy Jack. He is super easy to do! Poke and cut along the black edge.
If you aren’t interested in Halloween stencils, the hearts are a great pattern! Having done this one before, it can be semi tedious along the inner point of the heart.
What I found is that if you cut inward, this helps sharpen those points.
This one too is a bit more challenging, but amazing once it is finished! Poke your design on to your pumpkin and cut out the black and orange portion of this pattern.
What is neat about this stencil is that when its all done, the windows appear as if someone is home! How cool!?
This is a pretty standard midnight scene. Simply cut out the poked stars and moon.
I promise even though it is simple, it is going to look spectacular!
Another great teaching opportunity! With the shapes, it will create an appearance of a jack-o-lantern.
Have your kiddo tell you which shapes they are as you cut them out.
This skull is super cool when he is done. Cut out the black portion. When the candle illuminates the skull, the eyes will really pop. It’s awesome!
I know that you and your family will enjoy these easy printable stencils. I would LOVE to see them when you guys are finished!
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