Pumpkin Carving: Fun Ideas from 27 Free Stencils
Years of pumpkin carving projects have taught us that it’s much easier to create memorable designs when you start with a stencil. Here are some to get you started.
Pumpkin Pattern #1: Who, Me?
Goofy, sure, but this wacky pumpkin face is simple enough for kids to help you carve it.
Pumpkin Pattern #2: Cat’s Whiskers
This purrfectly cute pumpkin carving stencil isn’t hard to create at home. You can skip the whiskers if your knife skills aren’t up to the job.
Pumpkin Pattern #3: Casper the Friendly Ghost
Not too scary for little ones, this template is mostly curved lines, making it easier for pumpkin carving novices.
Pumpkin Pattern #4: Starry Night
You and Van Gogh: This stencil offers a cool, twinkly evening scene that’s different than the usual Jack. Feel free to mix up where the stars go, based on where your pumpkin’s flattest (easiest to carve).
Pumpkin Pattern #5: Hissing Cat
More for an expert hand, this pumpkin carving template requires a steady knife to make sure that the cat‘s feet and tail don’t separate from the base. If you slip, you can always “piece” it back together with toothpicks.
Pumpkin Pattern #6: Tombstones
Spooky gravestones are not hard to cut out, but they make a creepy jack-o’-lantern nonetheless.
Pumpkin Pattern #7: Lopsided Grin
Watch for the eyes and teeth when you’re carving out this pumpkin template: The squares and circles are tricky if your knife is larger. Switch to a smaller blade for the detail work if you need.
Pumpkin Pattern #8: Devil-May-Care
This pumpkin carving template is more for the pros: Use a sharp, thin knife blade to trim away all the curls.
Pumpkin Pattern #9: Scary Face
This jack-o’-lantern’s template is a classic: part devilsh grin, part evil genius.
Pumpkin Pattern #10: Creepy Owl
Whoo-whoo wants to make a different jack-o’-lantern this year? You do, with this easy, wide-image stencil.
Pumpkin Pattern #11: Death’s Head
Start with the quirky eyebrows first, then work your way down the face for an easier pumpkin carving experience.
Pumpkin Pattern #12: Happy Jack
If you’re a little rusty in your pumpkin carving skills, try cutting out the entire triangle for eyes and half-circle for the mouth; you can always cut in eyeballs and teeth and spear them in with toothpicks.
Pumpkin Pattern #13: Wink Wink!
Here’s a design idea your neighbours will LOL over: an emoticon-friendly face. And best of all? This text-worthy pumpkin pattern is simple enough for even beginners to carve.
Pumpkin Pattern #14: Flying Witch
Start slowly by lightly tracing the outline of the witch with your knife; then go around again and cut deeper into the pumpkin, to outline the figure in the template.
Pumpkin Pattern #16: Boo!
Pumpkin carving pros: Take it to the next level by adding an open-mouth scream to this eerie ghost template.
Pumpkin Pattern #17: Scary Spider
Black widow: Trace the outline of the spider’s body with your knife, then use a thinner, sharp knife to really etch out the eight legs.
Pumpkin Pattern #18: Gone Batty
You’ll be done with this pumpkin stencil in no time with its easy-to-carve pattern. Great for kids to help, and you can make more than one bat if your surface is large enough.
Pumpkin Pattern #19: Skull
Watch for the tiny pieces between the skull top and bottom, and the bridge of the nose; you’ll want to carve the pumpkin carefully in those connecting spaces. A smaller paring knife might work well there.
Pumpkin Pattern #20: Sweet Ice Cream
What a treat! A pumpkin carving template that’s sure to please any kid; just watch for the spacing between scoops, which can be hard for beginners to get right.
Pumpkin Pattern #21: Spooky Tree
Once you get the base down, you can go free-form with the branches, letting the surface of your pumpkin be your guide to carving it.
Pumpkin Pattern #22: Raven
This creepy bird pattern can also be replicated in multiple times around the pumpkin, making for a very Hitchcock “The Birds” decoration. Amazing when lit.
Pumpkin Pattern #23: Candy Corn
Trick or treat! Put this pumpkin out on the porch if yours is the house that’s giving out the best candy.
Pumpkin Pattern #24: Ghastly Ghost
Do we have to spell it out for you? This pumpkin carving template makes for one silly jack-o’-lantern.
Pumpkin Pattern #25: Joy Ride
Got kids who love cars? This pumpkin template ought to drive them over the edge of happiness.
Pumpkin Pattern #26: Acorns
Fall is in the air with this festive pumpkin template, which is easy to knock out in minutes.
Pumpkin Pattern #27: My Lips Are Sealed
We won’t tell anyone that you can make this pumpkin carving template using all easy, straight lines.