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Pumpkin Art: Carved & Painted Pumpkins

Updated on February 10, 2015

To Paint or To Carve Your Pumpkin?

There are many ways to decorate your pumpkin this Halloween. Two ways to pimp out your pumpkin include painting and carving your pumpkin.

You can turn your pumpkin into a scary jack o' lantern by utilizing a pumpkin carving tool and stencil.

Want to dress up your pumpkin but do not want to deal with the carving mess? If so, have you considered taking a paint brush to your pumpkin. Painted pumpkins look lovely and can become works of art.

Image by javajunki42 under Creative Commons license on Flickr

A Devil of a Pumpkin

Why Carve Your Pumpkin?

Halloween Stencils and Carving Pumpkin Kit

1 X 2 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Kits 12 Patterns Total w/ Tools
1 X 2 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Kits 12 Patterns Total w/ Tools

The Halloween Pumpkin Stencil & Carving Kit features 12 stencils featuring spooky Halloween stencils. Each stencil is approximately 7" in design. Stencils come in 2 packs of 6 stencils each. Carving kit includes drill, 2 scoops, and saw.

 

Traditionally Halloween is celebrated with the carving of pumpkins, It makes a fun activity for older children and adults to get into the holiday spirit.

With the aid of pumpkin stencils it has been easier for amateur pumpkin carvers to create intricately designed Jack O' Lanterns with ease. Just pin prick your stencil outline onto the pumpkin and then follow directions of which part of design needs to be cut out. Of course, the top of pumpkin should be cut out and flesh and seeds removed before carving starts. Finish by placing candle or designed pumpkin light to get full effect at night.

Trapped Pumpkin Stencil

Trapped - Pumpkin Carving Stencil - 6 Inch (At Longest Point) - 10 Mil Medium-Duty
Trapped - Pumpkin Carving Stencil - 6 Inch (At Longest Point) - 10 Mil Medium-Duty

The Trapped Pumpkin Stencil features a face with two hand design. Design make it look like person is trapped in pumpkin. At longest point stencil is only 6 inches.

 

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

List below are some places where you can find stencils to enable you to carve spooky, yet fun, Jack O' Lanterns.

Extreme Pumpkin Carving

Looking for a way to put the scare back into Halloween? The writer of Extreme Pumpkin Carving, book based on his popular ExtremePumpkins.com website, provides a how to guide to create some ghastly pumpkin creations.

Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends andScare Your Neighbors
Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends andScare Your Neighbors

Extreme Pumpkin Carving features designs to carve spooky Halloween pumpkins. Some of the designs included are: Puking Pumpkin, Electrocuted Pumpkin and Drowning Pumpkin. Book provides several spooky pumpkin carvings from which to choose.

 

Painted Pumpkin Patch

Painted pumpkins by R. N. Dominick, on Flickr
Painted pumpkins by R. N. Dominick, on Flickr

Image by R. N. Dominick, on Flickr

Disney Princess Stencil Book

Disney Princesstrade; Pumpkin Stencil Book
Disney Princesstrade; Pumpkin Stencil Book

Decorate your pumpkin for Halloween by utilizing a Disney Princess stencil to trace out the pattern of your favorite Disney Princess on your pumpkin. Choose from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and more Disney Princess stencils.

 

Painting Your Pumpkin

Painted Pumpkin Ideas
Painted Pumpkin Ideas | Source

While carving can be fun it can also be messy and dangerous for younger children. Painting your pumpkin is an easy and safe way for youngsters to create their own pumpkin art.

Painted designs can be any thing the imagination can comprehend, You can paint your pumpkin a solid color, make a classic Jack O' Lantern looking face, or even paint a fall scene,

For those young children who want to see their pumpkin to come alive at night like carved Jack O' Lanterns consider using glow in the dark paint on their decorative pumpkin project.

Share your thought on all things pumpkins below.

Painted Pumpkins or Carved Pumpkins?

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