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20 Fun Pumpkin Carving Ideas to Put Your Creativity To The Test

These funny and scary designs are perfect for beginners.

 

2. Spider Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas spider pumpkin

This spooky spider pumpkin will look great on your front porch or anywhere in your house! Simply carve out a circle on the face of the pumpkin, spray paint it (inside and outside) black, and poke 12-13 holes along the edge where you carved. Then, thread a needle with a metallic string and tie a knot on the end. Start from the inside and pull the thread through the first hole, then through another hole directly across the pumpkin (poking the pumpkin from the outside) and tying it off inside. Repeat this step until you have all your holes filled. Take a length of string and start by tying it to one of the crisscrossed strings you just created about 1 inch from the outside of the hole. Continue making a spiral by knotting as you hit the crisscross that is already there, continuing in a circular swirl. For the final touch, add a spider to your web!

3. Drilled Pattern Pumpkin

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Decorate your house with simple, yet elegant pumpkin designs. Start by carving a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin. Then, you can use a piece of paper to draw a pattern that you like or print a design template to lay on your pumpkin. Use a toothpick or awl to poke holes as a guide to where you need to drill. Finally, use whatever drill bits you’d like and get drilling! You can even add a candle inside if you want your pumpkin to glow.

 

4. Pumpkin Diorama

pumpkin carving ideas diorama

Add drama to your carved pumpkin by filling it with everything from reindeer moss and twigs to mini headstones. Complete the over-the-top design with a full moon (a Ping-Pong ball that you can easily hang from a thin string).

 

5. Spots and Dots Pumpkin

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It may look elaborate, but this polka-dot pattern is fairly easy. Sketch your pattern with a marker, leaving enough space between dots so holes won’t overlap. Punch it out with a power drill and various bits. Finish it off by placing LED string lights inside to bask in your handiwork’s glow.

 

6. Starry Fright Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas starry fright pumpkin

Use a rubber mallet or a dishcloth-covered hammer to gently pound a cookie cutter into a hollowed pumpkin. Remove the cut-out pieces and repeat as desired.

 

7. Candy Holder Pumpkin

chalkboard candy dispenser pumpkin

Craft a unique — and useful — front porch display with a large real or faux pumpkin. First, mark a hole on the top half of the pumpkin and carefully cut along the line with a pumpkin carving set. If you opted for a fake pumpkin, sand down any rough edges. Paint the entire pumpkin with black chalk paint and let dry. Before the festivities begin, fill it with candy and write a message with chalk.

 

8. Candy Coated Pumpkin

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Image: Romulo Yanes

Can’t figure out what to do with all of that candy corn? Put your extra Halloween candy to good use by decking out your pumpkin’s carved face.

 

9. Twisting Vines Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas twisting vines
Image: John Kernick

Here’s a pro trick for nailing this glowing 3D effect: Use a lemon zester, clay loop, or linoleum cutter to carve into — but not through — the top layer of pumpkin skin.

 

10. Pumpkin Flower Vase

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Image: MIke Garten

After covering your pumpkin with metallic spray paint, carve a deep hole in the top, then slide in a plastic cup. Fill the cup with water and a medley of bright blooms.

 

11. Monster Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas monster pumpkin
Image: Women’s Day

When all else fails, go for an oh-so-scary monster look with white paint, a zipper mouth and a forehead scar.

 

12. Carved Pumpkin Bowl

pumpkin carving ideas pumpkin bowl
Image: Michael Partenio

Cut a large pumpkin in half and scoop the insides out of the bottom portion. Fill with ice and decorate it with faux spiders, and you’ve got the spookiest drink display on the block.

 

13. Tricks & Treats Pumpkins

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Image: Deborah Ory

Grab a pair of pumpkins to carve out the words “Tricks” and “Treats” using a pumpkin stencil. Then, place neon green paper inside to really send the message home.

Get the tutorial at Woman’s Day »

 

14. Smiling Pumpkins

pumpkin carving ideas smiling pumpkins
Image: Deborah Ory

Keep it simple — but still fun — by having each family member carve out their best Halloween face on pumpkins of different sizes.

 

15. Zombie Skeleton Pumpkins

pumpkin carving ideas zombie skeleton pumpkins
Image: Country Living

The walking dead are rising up — in your lawn, that is. Carve life-size bony limbs into stacked pumpkins to really make a statement (especially if you place them around a faux gravestone).

 

16. Wood-Burning Stove Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas woodburning stove pumpkin

Warm up your front porch with this adorable wood-burning stove idea. It’s pretty easy to create, and Country Living even has a stencil for you to use!

 

17. Candy Land Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas candy land pumpkin
Image: MIke Garten / Women’s Day

Open up a few of your candy bags early and steal a couple of pieces to create this adorable house outfitted with gum drops, peppermints, candy corn, and more.

 

18. Flower Power Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas flower power pumpkin

This idea is perfect for the family that wants to make a big statement without spending a ton of time creating their design. All you have to do is paint your pumpkin bright pink (or any color you’d like). Then, just make holes for the eyes and mouth, and pop in some giant faux flowers and scary fake teeth!

 

19. Ghost Pumpkin Topiary

pumpkin carving ideas ghost pumpkin topiary

Carve out doors on three pumpkins and have happy (or scary) ghosts pop out. You can even fill the pumpkins with fluff to look like smoke.

 

20. Flower Moon Pumpkin

pumpkin carving ideas flower moon pumpkin
Image: Mike Garten

If your pumpkin carving skills could use some work, rely on fake flowers and paint to disguise any mistakes. First, paint a real or faux pumpkin black and use chalk to draw an outline of a crescent moon. Then, use an awl punch to punch a series of holes within the moon shape, keeping the holes a minimum of 1/2″ apart. Wipe away the chalk outline, then poke faux flower stems into the holes.

Check goodhousekeeping.com to check more list of pumpkin carvings.



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