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Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Tips

Written by Whitney Bennett

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Free pumpkin carving patterns from Landmark Home Warranty.

Happy Halloween! As All Hallows' Eve grows ever closer, you’ve probably seen a few spooky decorations. Decorating your home for Halloween is as easy as getting a pumpkin and dressing it up a bit! Many families have the tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns, which is why Landmark Home Warranty has provided free, downloadable patterns here:

Click to download the pumpkin carving patterns.

 

WHAT PUMPKIN PATTERNS ARE INCLUDED:

Wolf howling pumpkin pattern. Deer pumpkin pattern. Open house pumpkin pattern. Trick or Treat pumpkin pattern.
Howling Wolf Pumpkin Deer Silhouette  Open House Pumpkin - Great for Realtors!  Trick or Treat
Happy halloween pumpkin pattern Fox face pumpkin pattern. Fox tail pumpkin patterns. Haunted House pumpkin pattern.
Happy Halloween! Fox Face Fox Tail Haunted House
Vampire pumpkin Pattern Spider web pumpkin pattern. Smaller pumpkin patterns. Owl pumpkin pattern.
Vampire Spider Web Bat and EEK! For smaller pumpkins. Owl on Branch
Vampire pumpkin Pattern Mummy pumpkin pattern. Smaller pumpkin patterns.
Boo! With Eyes Spider Web Welcome and Flowers smaller pumpkins.

Of course, before you start carving, you might want to read these tips… as well as our unique ideas for decorating your pumpkins that don’t involve knives!

How to Carve a Pumpkin

  1. Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

Use this guide to find the perfect pumpkin for your carving masterpiece.

When going to the pumpkin patch or store to find your pumpkin, you’ll want to find one that has a flat bottom, a good stem, and little to no ridges. (This makes it easier to carve a recognizable picture on the pumpkin.)

If you’re not interested in scooping out the seeds of your pumpkin, you can purchase carve-able foam pumpkins from your local craft store. Not only will this eliminate some of the mess, you will be able to keep your creation for years to come! Just make sure to use an LED candle instead of a regular tea-light candle. You can make it easier to cut this type of pumpkin if you use a hot knife to slice the foam.

Try a craft pumpkin for a cleaner carve.

  1. Prepare Your Pumpkin

Once you’ve found the perfect pumpkin, wash and dry the surface. Then, using a larger knife, cut the top around the stem at a 45-degree angle. (This ensures your pumpkin's top won’t fall through after you’ve carved it.)

Cut the top of your pumpkin at a 45 degree angle.

Make a small notch in the top of your pumpkin so you can easily fit the top back on after lighting the candle.

Make sure your pumpkin has a notch at the top for easy removal.

After you’ve removed the top, scoop out the seeds. You will want to use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to scrape away the seeds.

Clean the seeds and flesh from the inside of the pumpkin.

Keep the seeds around – you can make toasted pumpkin seeds for a snack.

  1. Carve Your Pumpkin

Once your pumpkin is cleaned, it’s time to create your masterpiece! Either print out one of our free printable pumpkin patterns or draw your own! Depending on the size and shape of your pumpkin, you will need to make cuts to your pattern to make it lay flat on the pumpkin's face.

tape the pattern onto your pumpkin.

Using a pin or fork, mark the outlines of where you’ll be cutting the pumpkin. (On our pumpkin patterns, these are the gray areas.)

Transfer the pattern onto your pumpkin.

Remove the paper and carefully cut away the portions you have marked. Use saw-like motions to cut through the pumpkin rind. Push the pieces you’ve cut out into the hollowed out pumpkin to remove after you’re done. (Reminder: only adults should be doing the actual cutting. If you have young helpers who want to carve, they should not be handling the knives.)

Cut out your pumpkin pattern.

If you want to add more dimensions to your carving, you can shave the rind down to let light through, but not actually remove it from the pumpkin!

  1. Light Your Pumpkin

LIght your pumpkin!

After you have carved your masterpiece, light it! You can use twinkling lights, LED candles, or actual tea lights to make your pumpkin glow. Just make sure that you are keeping your pumpkin in a safe spot, and never leave a real candle burning without supervision.

  1. Keep Your Pumpkin Fresh

Finally, the bane of all pumpkin carvers: how fast your pumpkin disintegrates after carving! You can keep your pumpkin fresh by spraying a combination of water and bleach on it daily. This will keep mold from growing on your pumpkin and keep the rind from drying out.

Want a more unique pumpkin? Try these ideas:

  • Paint Your Pumpkin

Use paint markers to make a design on your pumpkin and never worry about a knife!

  • Polka Dot Pumpkin

Drill holes into your pumpkin for a fun polka dot look!

  • Cookie Cutter Pumpkin

Using a hammer and cookie cutter, make pumpkin carving a breeze by using the cookie cutter to make fun shapes in your pumpkin.

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