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Free Patterns for Pumpkin Carving and Sculpting

Updated on September 9, 2017
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Stacie L became a DIYer for many reasons—mostly to save money. She has tips that she has used herself to help with your DYI projects.

Donald Trump Pumpkin Carving

New Looks for Pumpkins

Do you want some free patterns to carve your pumpkins? Sure you do; everyone likes freebies!

People are now doing sculpting. The more you practice,the better you become. There are contests and some great sculpting on the bottom of this Hub.

This is the time of the year that most children and many adults find themselves searching for that one great pumpkin. Unlike Linus and the Great Pumpkin debacle, your Halloween can be a hit, if you just follow a few simple directions and use some of the free templates I have found on the web.

After Halloween, you can still carve pumpkins for the rest of the season. Put one on the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Use them as long as they are still fresh.

The traditional carved scary Jack-o-lanterns don't seem to be in vogue anymore; so the more obscure they are, the better. Some people are now carving guns, a saying such as Make America Great, Scary Clown's face, a carved spider web or an American flag.

This year will also offer Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump patterns for sure.

Pumpkin Art

carve unusual designs into jack-o-lanturns
carve unusual designs into jack-o-lanturns | Source

History of Carving Vegetables

It is thought that the Druids started the celebration around 700 BC to scare away the evil spirits. Irish children carved out turnips, rutabagas, potatoes and put a candle inside.

The tradition started in America when the Irish immigrated to America in the 1870's during the potato famine. The pumpkins were introduced used due to its' size, and ease of carving.

How to create your Halloween Pumpkin

Materials Needed

  • serrated knife
  • Dremel
  • large spoon or ladle
  • painters tape
  • printers paper
  • marker
  • large round pumpkin

You may use a serrated knife to cut through the top, a Dremel to carve the face, a large spoon or ladle to scoop out the guts and seeds. Painters tape and printers paper are also needed. Naturally, you will need a printer to copy and print out the template.

The most important part needed is a good, solid, round, orange-colored pumpkin. If you cannot get to a pumpkin farm or farm stand and the next best place is the grocery store.

The grocers near me have the pumpkins displayed in front as you walk in. Other stores have them in the produce section, and why not. They are food after all. I haven't read any stories about the Pilgrims carving pumpkins with the native Americans because this tradition wasn't started until much later.

Picking Right Pumpkin

Where to Get Patterns

There are many companies that appear to specialize in stencils, patterns or templates to help you carve a memorable pumpkin.

I found the following websites on Google but there are many others.

The first one on my list is DLTK-holidays. They are not just in business at Halloween but all year and are geared towards children. Their website is easy to navigate and offer simple patterns for the children to use. They can be found here.DLTK Halloween Crafts for Kids

The next one on my list is the Pumpkin Lady,which boasts over 200 patterns ranging from scary cats, Thanksgiving turkeys, and Liberty bells. This one is geared for the whole family and provides videos, a blog, and projects for every age.

Transfer a stencil

Free Downloadable Patterns for Halloween

Here are a few good companies that will let you download free patterns. If you don't see what you want they do charge a nominal fee.

You may also research some online shopping sites for the latest trends.

Zombie Pumpkins is a full-service website with its own blog, patterns, tips,history, and contests. It also has a large forum to get customers involved and share their tips, stories, and photos.

The last site I'll review is called Spook Master and it has what the others have plus a recipes section. Although some patterns are free, the better and newer ones are subscription based. If you are in the business of carving pumpkins then this may be worth it.

Celebrating Halloween allows visitors to download free pumpkin carving patterns, like the one here of a howling wolf.

The website has many patterns to choose from and you'll sure to find one.There are articles to read and other items to help you have a happy holiday.

Free Downloadable Holloween Pumpkin Patterns

created by Celebrating
created by Celebrating

Get ready for carving

I'm glad we don't use turnips, squash or rudder bagger as the early Druids did. So Halloween is not the same as when I was a little girl. The traditional Jack-O-Lanterns have given way to political figures, funny slogans, or scenes from a movie.

The best part of printing these patterns to use as a template is that they are free! Some of these sites may want you to register first, and then you can print out your favorite pattern.

If you are really talented with carving, then advertise your skills or cut some pumpkins and sell them in front of your house or on-line. have fun this year and think about making your pumpkin carving as unique as you are with a pumpkin carving pattern.

And remember; no guts, no glory! LOL

Favorite carving patterns

What is your favorite Halloween carving pattern?

See results

The Best Pumpkin Carvings

© 2009 Stacie L


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  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    5 years ago

    I'm glad my Pumpkin pattern carving and sculpting hub was helpful to you.

    thanks for visiting! ;-)

  • mdscoggins profile image

    Michelle Scoggins 

    5 years ago from Fresno, CA

    Great ideas. I have always wondered how some can carve with great precision when my projects come out looking like a mess or something from the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown :) Wish I would have learned that years ago. Certainly I will be ready next year with the power tools :)

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    5 years ago

    Thank you for commenting on my Free patterns for pumpkin carving hub. I like different ideas for Halloween and these are some of my favorite ones.

  • Judy Filarecki profile image

    Judy Filarecki 

    5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    What great ideas for a change of pace.

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    6 years ago

    Thank you for your comments about Halloween pumpkin carving.

    Yes, it may seem wasteful to use a gourd such as the pumpkin to decorate for a fun holiday but I never waste the insides.

    I usually scoop the "guts" to use in a pie and bake the seeds to eat.

    I know many others that do the same thing.

    Perhaps you will allow yourself this one indulgence to see how much fun it is.

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 

    6 years ago from Norfolk

    In Africa where I grew up pumpkins were things which we all ate. I don't ever recall them being used for Halloween. It was not something we celebrated there.

    The African folk would store hundreds of pumpkins on the roofs of their shacks or home, just for eating. The sun kept them nice and dry and they were a valuable source of food throughout the year.

    I guess I still can't get the idea out of my head that food is for eating and not for playing with. My mother used to use that phrase when we would not eat our food!

    Perhaps pumpkin pie was invented just to alleviate this waste of food - though I can't imagine that every pumpkin used for Halloween is always eaten, after all, how much pumpkin can a small family eat!

    Nevertheless, I still appreciate these amazing creations and your Hub.

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    8 years ago

    I want a pumpkin pattern of a wolf

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    TopUniverse;thank you for the comments.

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    9 years ago

    Good hub and the idea is great.

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    KCC Big Country: you're right! pumpkins carving is becoming so popular that it may continue after Halloween!

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    9 years ago from Central Texas

    Pumpkin carving competitions are becoming a big thing in my area. There are so many cute designs to choose from. It makes me want to buy a couple dozen pumpkins!

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    10 years ago

    I know what you mean...

    People are very creative today!

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    10 years ago

    Great ideas! Nothing like this was available or even thought about when I was growing up. The wildest thing we did was put a lit candle inside a cut up pumpkin!


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