31 Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils to Take Your Jack-O’-Lantern to the Next Level
Perfect for carvers of all ages!
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Pumpkin Carving Stencils
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.
Print the stencil you like, tape it on your hollowed-out pumpkin and “trace” the pattern’s lines by poking pinholes over them. Then pull the paper off, carve over the pinhole lines, and you’ll have a jack-o’-lantern ready for Halloween. Here’s what to expect for Halloween this year.
Here’s a pumpkin carving pattern your neighbors will LOL over: an emoticon-friendly face. And best of all? This text-worthy pumpkin pattern is simple enough for beginners to carve.
Goofy, sure, but this wacky pumpkin face is simple enough for kids to help you carve it.
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Not too scary for little ones, this template is mostly curved lines, making it easier for pumpkin carving novices.
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 is flattest (and easiest to carve).
More for an expert hand, this pumpkin carving stencil 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. Check out these helpful tips for picking the perfect pumpkin to carve.
Spooky gravestones are not difficult to cut out, but they make a creepy jack-o’-lantern nonetheless.
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.
This jack o’lantern’s template is a classic: part devilish grin, part evil genius. Enjoy this along with our other pumpkin carving stencils.
WHO Stole the Candy?
Who, who wants to make a different jack o’lantern this year? You do, with this easy, wide-image stencil.
Start with the quirky eyebrows first, then work your way down the face for an easier pumpkin carving experience. Want some history of Halloween? Learn why we celebrate the spooky holiday in the first place.
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.
This silly, almost human house will cast creepy shadows on the wall. If you’re unsure of your pumpkin carving skills, you can skip the extra cuts for the roof and simplify the entire template. Consider going completely DIY this Halloween with inspiration from this collection of costumes all made from duct tape.
Pumpkin carving pros: Take it to the next level by adding an open-mouth scream to this eerie ghost template.
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.
Some pumpkin carving stencils are more intricate than others. 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. You’ve likely never heard of these celebrations around the world that coincide with Halloween.
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.
Not all pumpkin carving stencils are set in stone. 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. If you can’t get enough of Halloween, you need to see these 30 cheap DIY Halloween decorations for the spookiest holiday ever.
Some pumpkin carving stencils are spooky. This creepy bird pattern can also be replicated in multiple times around the pumpkin, making for a 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 giving out the best candy.
Do we have to spell it out for you? This pumpkin carving template makes for one silly jack o’lantern. Learn how to create any of these 20 monstrously creative Halloween decorations.
Got kids who love cars? This pumpkin template ought to drive them over the edge of happiness. Pumpkin carving stencils are meant to be different, and this one will appeal to kids of all ages.
A Little Nutty
Fall is in the air with this festive pumpkin template, which is easy to knock out in minutes.
My Lips Are Sealed
As far as pumpkin carving stencils go, this one is the simplest of the simple. We won’t tell anyone you can make it with all easy, straight lines. For some more inexpensive decorating ideas, check out our favorite 15 Halloween decorations you can get on Amazon.
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