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Find new and intriguing carving ideas for your jack-o’-lantern this Halloween. Download our custom templates and follow these easy step-by-step instructions to create a happy-go-lucky pumpkin. Or mix and match templates to come up with other unique pumpkin faces.
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Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is a rewarding way to bring the family together while showing off your creativity. With a minimal investment of time and money, you can create playful Halloween decorations that will delight young and old alike. Download our free pumpkin carving patterns to create this happy-go-lucky jack-o’-lantern.
Cut the top off a pumpkin, making a hole large enough to slide a hand through. Use the lid from a peanut butter or mayonnaise jar to scoop out the inside of the pumpkin. Scrape the inside walls carefully, removing more flesh on the side where the face will go. This will make carving easier.
If the carving pattern might interfere with the top of the pumpkin, you can make the entry hole in the bottom or back of the pumpkin instead.
Download Pumpkin Face Patterns, trim around the selected patterns and tape them to the pumpkin. Score the face of the pumpkin by tracing the outline of the template with a crafts knife. (Image shows a template for different eyes.)
Remove the template and place the pumpkin in a bowl for stability. Drill a small pilot hole for each eye before enlarging the hole with a 3/8-inch drill bit. Carve out the rest of the eye with a paring knife. (Image shows a slightly different pumpkin face.)
The pilot holes safeguard the integrity of the pumpkin walls when using a large drill bit.
Using a crafts knife, make multiple shallow passes over the outline of the mouth, ending up about 1/8-inch deep.
Finish cutting through the outline of the mouth with a paring knife. Using your fingers, remove the remainder of the mouth by pushing from the back of the pumpkin.
Cutting through in the center of the mouth to create two equal portions makes it easier to remove the chunks.
Following the score marks, use a paring knife to slice out the stitch-like teeth of the mouth.
You could carve the mouth and stitches at the same time, but because of the intricate detail, it will be easier to carve them separately.
Use a Dremel rotary tool to add a shadow to the mouth by removing the rind.
Optional: If you don’t have a Dremel rotary tool, you can add a shadow to the mouth manually. Use a crafts knife to score the outline of the shadow, then peel the rind away with a paring knife.
You can follow the template when scoring the shadow of the mouth, but it will be easier to improvise by doing it freehand.