Easy pumpkin carving stencils are an essential tool to help create cool pumpkin faces and other Halloween designs. You will love these Halloween stencils and pumpkin carving ideas and tips, because they are so easy. Download multiple printable pumpkin stencils, and fill your porch with jack-o-lantern fun!
Really the designs don’t have to be elaborate, once the pumpkins are aglow they are guaranteed to be amazing. If you’ve never tried carving a pumpkin face before, I have some helpful and easy pumpkin carving templates and tricks. Looking for more inspiration? Here are some more amazing pumpkin carving ideas.
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How to Use Pumpkin Carving Stencils
- Download the free pumpkin carving stencils, and print on regular copy paper.
- Make sure the stencil you choose will fit the size of your pumpkin before you get started.
- Cut out the dark areas and then use the remaining white paper as a stencil.
- Tape the white paper onto your pumpkin so it’s secured in place for easy tracing.
- Trace area with a Sharpie marker to make lines easy to see.
- If your kids are doing the pumpkin carving, please supervise them to make sure they are safe with the sharp tools!
- When carving, you should cut on the outside of the line so the Sharpie marker is removed.
- If you don’t want to spend the time cutting out the dark areas, place the stencil on the pumpkin and use a thumbtack to piece the edge of the design.
- Carve a Halloween Masterpiece!
Pumpkin Carving Trick!
See our clever pumpkin carving trick – we use a common tool that makes it so much easier to hollow out the inside. You are going to have fun with these free pumpkin carving patterns for sure! Print them off as many as you like and get carving! I love to see a front porch full of carved pumpkin faces, don’t you?
Spider Pumpkin Carving Stencil No need to stick to jack o lantern faces. Try out a spider!
Black Cat Pumpkin Carving Template A black cat is another fun Halloween design!
Bat Pumpkin Carving Stencil Bats, cats and spiders oh my! Use the three designs for a cool display.
Easy Pumpkin Carving Stencils
Skull Pumpkin Carving Stencil Halloween isn’t complete without a skull, right? So many cool pumpkin carving stencils to try out! I must be a pumpkin lady, because I never get tired of seeing all the creative ways people carve their jack o lanterns!
Haunted House Pumpkin Carving Stencil A spooky haunted house makes for a cool Halloween pumpkin!
Jack O Lantern Faces
If you want a unique pumpkin face, these free printable pumpkin templates are a bit more unusual! I love the way that small changes to the shapes of the eyes or mouth can create so much personality.
Pumpkin Face Carving Stencil If you’re looking for a classic, easy design to carve, the stencil is great. The ominous grin won’t be too scary for your littlest trick or treaters!
Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils
If you like traditional pumpkin faces here are more Jack O Lantern faces. These 8 cool pumpkin carving stencils are variations on the classic pumpkin face and they look awesome together.
How do you make a carved pumpkin last longer?
How do you keep a carved pumpkin from rotting? Dip or spray it with a solution of three gallons water and 3 tablespoons bleach. Your pumpkins this year will stay fresh longer with that simple trick!
Alternatively, make a natural spray with peppermint essential oil. Mix about 10 drops of peppermint oil, one cup of water or vinegar and a teaspoon of liquid soap to help keep mold at bay. Peppermint has anti-fungal properties, which will help keep fungus and mold away.
How did pumpkin carving start?
Pumpkin face carving at Halloween time originated in Ireland, although they didn’t have pumpkins. Instead, they carved Jack O Lantern faces in turnips and other root vegetables. Then they would place a burning ember into the vegetable to scare away any evil spirits around Halloween.
Did you know that the term jack o’ lantern was a name for the strange lights that would appear in Irish bogs at night? Spooky!
More Halloween Fun!
Now that you have so many pumpkin carving stencils, you are ready to carve. If you love celebrating Halloween you might enjoy these posts.
and keep those little ones (big ones will love these too) busy this season with these 21 Halloween Crafts for Toddlers
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You’ve Been Booed! …. this is a sure way to have fun!