31 Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils to Take Your Jack-o’-Lantern to the Next Level
There's nothing like a light-filled jack-o'-lantern to put that finishing touch on your homemade Halloween decorations, and it’s much easier to create memorable designs when you start with a template.
Here’s a pumpkin carving pattern 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.
These spooky Halloween riddles will get you ready for October 31.
Goofy, sure, but this wacky pumpkin face is simple enough for kids to help you carve it.
This purr-fectly 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.
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).
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.
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.
This pumpkin carving template is more for the pros: Use a sharp, thin knife blade to trim away all the curls.
This jack o’lantern’s template is a classic: part devilish grin, part evil genius.
WHO stole the candy?
Whoo-whoo wants to make a different jack o’lantern this year? You do, with this easy, wide-image stencil.
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.
Calling all witches
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 carving pros: Take it to the next level by adding an open-mouth scream to this eerie ghost template.
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.
You’ll be done with these pumpkin stencils in no time. Great for kids to help, and you can make more than one bat if your surface is large enough.
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.
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.
This creepy bird pattern can also be replicated in multiple times around the pumpkin, making for a very spooky decoration à la Hitchcock’s The Birds. Amazing when lit.
All the candy
Trick or treat! Put this pumpkin out on the porch if yours is the house that’s giving out the best candy.
Got kids who love cars? This pumpkin template ought to drive them over the edge of happiness.
A little nutty
Fall is in the air with this festive pumpkin template, which is easy to knock out in minutes.