FUN Pumpkin Carving Ideas that are Kid Friendly!

Pumpkin Carving Friendly For Kids
Pumpkin Carving Friendly For Kids | Source

Pumpkin Carving Ideas.

FUN and FRIENDLY!

It's always fun to get the kids involved in carving a pumpkin. I always get a set of tools and a fun pattern and dig in! There's something about getting messy and creating a work of art. Most importantly you're spending quality time with your kids which they'll remember their whole lives. Instead of the usual "scary" pumpkin carvings this year, try something creative, inventive, unique, fun and one of a kind!! There are tons of patterns out there and here is a good start for carving images that are rated "safe". These are especially great for little kids who don't need more scary images in their little minds. They are viewing all the scary stuff on tv, commercials, movies, books and then comes halloween. Now days it begins the first day of October.

Pick the right pumpkin!

picking pumpkin for carving
picking pumpkin for carving | Source

The best pumpkin for carving is one with the flatest surface you can find. The flat part being big enough for your pattern with not too much curving.

1. Prepare your pattern

pumpkin pattern carving paper mouse
pumpkin pattern carving paper mouse | Source

Tape your pattern to your pumpkin, making sure it's as flat as possible. Get a pin and poke holes all along the lines on your pattern.

2. Connect the Dots

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Then remove the paper and connect the dots with a pen or marker. Make note which parts will be cut out and which will remain.

3. Start Carving

pumpkin carving steps
pumpkin carving steps | Source
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Carving Steps

1 Select a fresh pumpkin. Some prefer their pumpkins low and round, while others like them tall and oval-shaped. If you already have a pattern remember it's shape when picking one out.

2 - Draw a circle or hexagon on top of the pumpkin, making an opening large enough for your hand to reach through.

3 - Cut through the stem end of the pumpkin along your outline with a sharp knife or carving tool. Use a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut through the thick skin. Remember to make it angled or the lid will fall right through.

4 - Remove the stem end, which will act as a lid, scrape off any pulp. I like to cut a small hole in the lid for heat escape.

5 - Use a large spoon to scoop out pulp from inside. Hold the spoon by its bowl to get extra leverage while scooping.

6 - Draw a pattern for the face on the clean pumpkin with a felt-tip pen, or punch dots into the skin using a sharp point or pin. Then connect the dots with a marker. Make sure shapes are large enough, it's hard to cut out tiny features. You can use transfer paper behind a pattern to draw your shape, just make sure it's transferring.

7 - Cut your pattern all the way through the skin of the pumpkin.

8 - Push the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces.

9 - Place a short candle inside the pumpkin to create a nice glow. (Or use a battery powered light.)

10 - You want to add Vaseline to preserve the pumpkin inside and out.

Little Pumpkin House

My fairy pumpkin house carving with door, window and sticks.
My fairy pumpkin house carving with door, window and sticks. | Source

After cutting out the door and windows, we found small twigs and hot glued them together. Notice we also made a bridge to the door! My inspiration for this house comes from: tinyfroglet.

Black Cat with Ears and Tail

Our black cat carving. Painted Cat Face Pumpkin.
Our black cat carving. Painted Cat Face Pumpkin. | Source

3 Pumpkin Carvings - Noah's Ark, Flag, Zebra

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Cleaning out the pumpkin. When you cut the lid, cut at an angle so it doesn't fall inside.Made pin point holes through the paper design. Then drew the lines connecting the dots.Cutting out the shapes carefully.Don't forget to cut the vent hole in the lid.
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Cleaning out the pumpkin. When you cut the lid, cut at an angle so it doesn't fall inside.
Cleaning out the pumpkin. When you cut the lid, cut at an angle so it doesn't fall inside. | Source
Made pin point holes through the paper design. Then drew the lines connecting the dots.
Made pin point holes through the paper design. Then drew the lines connecting the dots.
Cutting out the shapes carefully.
Cutting out the shapes carefully.
Don't forget to cut the vent hole in the lid.
Don't forget to cut the vent hole in the lid.

Pumpkin Carving with Tools

Dremel Circles Pumpkin Carve

Dremel Tool Pumpkin Carve Holes Sharpie Paint
Dremel Tool Pumpkin Carve Holes Sharpie Paint | Source

A painted pumpkin (pearl), dremel cut circles, sharpie marker.

Pumpkin House - Made for Fairies?

Pumpkin Fairy House with windows and door
Pumpkin Fairy House with windows and door | Source

Big Pumpkin Eats Little Pumpkin

big pumpkin eating a small pumpkin winner carving contest
big pumpkin eating a small pumpkin winner carving contest | Source
Spider web carving done with chisels.
Spider web carving done with chisels. | Source
pumpkin carved holes
pumpkin carved holes | Source

Drill tool can make circles, you can vary the sizes or pattern.

Various Pumpkin Patterns

large carved pumpkin face festival chisel
large carved pumpkin face festival chisel | Source
boo pumpkin carving letters cursive
boo pumpkin carving letters cursive | Source

Square Holes

square holes pumpkin carving
square holes pumpkin carving | Source

Free Pattern: Three Crosses

Three Crosses Pumpkin Pattern on Hill
Three Crosses Pumpkin Pattern on Hill | Source

What it will look like glowing (not the actual pattern).

inverted cross pumpkin pattern
inverted cross pumpkin pattern | Source

For more christian pumpkin patterns click: Bible Patterns. Jesus and Child; Noah's Ark; Jesus Face, Flying Dove, Christian Fish Symbol and Cross, (complicated) Last Supper, Nativity and more.

For free christian pumpkin patterns: pumpkinlady she also calls them Harvest Party patterns. Example: word "Angels" with wings, Scripture like "Isaiah 40:31", "JC", "Jesus", "John 3:16", Jonah and the Whale and so much more!! See them!

The Pumpkin Gospel - Book for Kids

The Pumpkin Gospel
The Pumpkin Gospel

"God's love is like a candle that shines from inside out. It's beaming deep within me, and so I now can shout. To glow like my big pumpkin and have a nice clean heart, ask God to please forgive you. You'll have a brand new start."

 

Kid Friendly Carving

Hamburger Pumpkin

Hamburger Pumpkin Seeds Fries Coke.
Hamburger Pumpkin Seeds Fries Coke. | Source

Hamburger Pumpkin Seeds Fries Coke.

Besides buying some fries and an empty cup with a straw, you'll need a nice pumpkin. You just lay the pumpkin on it's side and cut into three slices, with the middle slice being around 1-2 inches thick. You may want to slice a small layer off the the bottom layer for it to sit down flat and not wobble. "Glue" a few pumpkin seeds to the top for a sesame seed bun. Get large lettuce leaves and a tomato to slice up. You could use real hamburger for meat or be creative if it must sit for a long period of time and you don't want to attract flies or animals, then get something non-edible for a replacement.

Pixar Kids Pumpkin Patterns

Variety of Pumpkin Themes (Video)

Bob the Tomato - Cute Veggie Tale Character

Little or No Carving Pumpkins Ideas. Easy way to decorate a pumpkin is to paint or hot glue decorations on.
Little or No Carving Pumpkins Ideas. Easy way to decorate a pumpkin is to paint or hot glue decorations on. | Source

Star Wars Helmet

Star Wars Helmet Pumpkin Carving. There are so many Star War themes for pumpkins you could make. I've seen the death star which is perfect as it is round. Darth Vader with a light stick or glow in the dark stick.
Star Wars Helmet Pumpkin Carving. There are so many Star War themes for pumpkins you could make. I've seen the death star which is perfect as it is round. Darth Vader with a light stick or glow in the dark stick. | Source

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What do you love about carving a pumpkin? What have you carved in the past? 27 comments

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loveanime22 4 years ago

great pumpkin lens


graphicdesignindia 4 years ago

I love to see the "Hamburger Pumpkin" it's a pure burger.. Don't know will it go into my mouth or not..:)


ErHawkns7100 4 years ago

Great pumpkin ideas!


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MartieG 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

Really great pumpkin ideas! :>)


kathyjd 4 years ago

love the black cat!


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Riesling 4 years ago

A so beautiful lens, thanks.


BoutiqueSilverGirl 4 years ago

Love the Dremel circles, so beautiful. I've only ever carved scary faces but will try to be more creative this year!


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kare2share 6 years ago

What a thoroughly enjoyable lens! You've inspired me to try out some of these ideas next year. I appreciate your helpful tips and your alternatives to scary pumpkin carvings. Thanks for sharing!


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Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

You've done a wonderful job covering this topic.I've lensrolled it to my Jack-O-Lantern Ideas lens.


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BLouw 6 years ago from France

Excellent lens and so complete. I'm saving this to follow when I get going with my own pumpkin. Especially interested in the lino-cutting tools - no wonder I struggle with a kitchen knife. Many thanks.


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lilymom24 6 years ago

What a fun lens. We just carved our pumpkins a few weeks ago and the kids had a blast.


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funcook 6 years ago

Wow - inspiring and impressive


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ideadesigns 6 years ago from Central USA Author

@bead at home mom: Also added yours too thanks!


anonymous 6 years ago

A very cool pumpkin carving lens. I'm so glad you added the link on my veggie art lens so I would come to see this. Love it!


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Lady Lorelei 6 years ago from Canada

wow...lovely ideas :)


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bead at home mom 6 years ago

Fabulous info. I shared some love and 'squidliked' it and adding this lens to my 'pumpkin decorating' lens.Thanks for the inspiration.


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annel lm 6 years ago

So cool and handy! I can do it myself now :)


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CoolFoto 6 years ago

You made it look fun and easy. Thanks!


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ideadesigns 6 years ago from Central USA Author

@nukemdomis lm: Thank you so much, same here. :)


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nukemdomis lm 6 years ago

I will be adding your lens to my "Not another list of Halloween pumpkin patterns" lensroll and Plexo module. Thanks for sharing the designs.


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ideadesigns 6 years ago from Central USA Author

@Sojourn: We've done a few of these patterns ourselves. Thanks Sojourn that's really nice of you.


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ideadesigns 6 years ago from Central USA Author

@SusanDeppner: Messy but worth that glowing surprise at the end. That is special thank you Susan :)


Sojourn 6 years ago

One of the best lenses I've seen all day. I love the layout, the background used for your text, the great patterns for pumpkin carving and the neat ideas even kids can use. Really well done and a lot of fun!


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SusanDeppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

Very cool lens. I love the pumpkin carving prayer - what a fun family activity! Leaving a SquidAngel blessing for putting me in the mood to get pumpkin innards all over myself! LOL


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ideadesigns 6 years ago from Central USA Author

@bdkz: That's cool to see Bonnie! Thanks :)


bdkz 6 years ago

Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!


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squid-janices7 6 years ago

Cute ideas....love the hamburger pumpkin under the photos section. Great of you to share all the patterns.

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