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Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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Skip the basic jack-o’-lanterns! Use these downloadable patterns and easy pumpkin-carving ideas to add fall flair to your front entry this Halloween. Here are 14 creative ideas along with a simple how-to video to get you started.

Collection of carved pumpkin designs.

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Pumpkin decorated with electrical wire, pull handle, door hinges and lock.


This punk rocker is in to heavy metal—with a drawer handle for a nose, door hinges for ears and a solitary lock for an earring. A flat-top hairdo of black electrical wire completes the effect. Download Pumpkin Face Patterns.

Classic pumpkin sitting on chair outdoors.

Animated Eyes

This rather expressive pumpkin has a classic smile even a dentist would find endearing. But what’s behind those eyes? Carve one of these pumpkins and decide for yourself.

Hair-raising pumpkin, gourds and spider.

Hair-Raising Experience

Strands of black electrical wire emanate 180 degrees of emotion for a pumpkin scared out of its gourd. A rather large spider lurking nearby seems to be the cause of all the distress. Download Pumpkin Face Patterns.

Scared pumpkin by outdoor gate.

Chattering Coward

This pumpkin is so spooked its teeth are chattering. Fortunately, it’s probably much ado about nothing. See how to carve this scared pumpkin.

Curly-haired pumpkin.

Curly Whirly

How can anyone resist curls, especially on a pumpkin? To re-create this bad hair day, wrap black electrical wire around a dowel to form curls. Then insert the wires into holes poked in the top of the pumpkin. Download Pumpkin Face Patterns.

Stitch-mouth pumpkin on wooden barrel.


This stitch-mouth pumpkin has the look of utter contentment. And no wonder! It’s waiting with giddy anticipation for Halloween to arrive. See how to carve our happy-go-lucky friend.

Owl-Theme Pumpkin pattern

Whoo Goes There?

Instead of a face, paint a fall night scene—complete with bats and a spooky owl—onto a pumpkin. Add another dimension by etching a moon onto the pumpkin surface.

Carved pumpkin with ginkgo leaf pattern

Ginkgo Garland

Entwine your pumpkin in carved leaves. Get the free stencil online, trace on the pattern and then cut away the outer skin using pumpkin-carving tools.

Black pumpkin drilled to resemble a lantern

Pumpkin Path Lights

Light up an entry or walkway with these pumpkin lanterns. Use a drill to bore holes into painted pumpkins. Finials complete the lantern illusion. An access opening in back lets you load your lantern with LED tea lights. To hang, pass an eyebolt through the pumpkin and suspend from a shepherd’s hook.

Halloween decoration made form gourds

Gourd Goblin

To make this crazy goblin, drill out the sides to insert gourd arms. Add a green gourd nose held in place with dowels and paint three small gourds to attach on top as eyeballs. Carve a goofy grin to complete the look.



Fall-Leaf Pumpkin

Let nature inspire your pumpkin carving. This pumpkin's leaf design mimics the fall leaves around it. Start by attaching the downloadable stencil to the pumpkin with pins or tape. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a sharp object, such as a needle or straight pin. (The more complicated the design, the more time this will take.) Remove the paper stencil and scrape out the design. To speed up the process, use an oscillating tool to scrape just the top layer of skin.

Tip: The pumpkin's glow depends on the thickness of the flesh. For less light, leave the skin thick. For lots of light, scrape until it's thin.

How to Carve a Pumpkin with a Dremel


Owl Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving can be a hoot, especially with this owl design. Download the pattern and attach it to the pumpkin. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a pin or other sharp object. Rather than traditional carving, create grooves for the thin lines of the owl's face. Hold the blade at an angle and carve on both sides of the outline to create a v-shaped channel.


Batty Pumpkin

Feeling a little batty? Try this spook-tacular pumpkin design that uses a bat shape as the pumpkin's nose and mouth. Attach the stencil to the pumpkin with a pin or tape. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a pin or sharp object. Scrape off the pumpkin's top layer of flesh. Leave a thin layer of flesh to achieve a two-toned look.


Star-Gazing Cat Pumpkin

Skip the traditional jack-o'-lanterns this year. Instead, light your doorway with a new scene. This cat watching the stars is perfect for the season. Use the downloadable pattern to trace the scene. Outline the pattern by poking holes about a quarter of an inch apart with a pin or sharp object. Scrape out the sky around the cat and stars.

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Get creative with your pumpkin carving this Halloween! --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Have a spooktacular time carving pumpkins this Halloween season with these creative ideas!