Top 10 Halloween Pumpkin Designs
Choosing a pumpkin design is sometimes tough because you usually are limited with how many pumpkins you are going to carve. For that reason, it's almost stressful to try to decide which design you really want to go with. Well this lens is aiming to help you effortlessly decide on which design would be best suited for you this year. And heck, if you think you made the wrong choice, there's always next year!
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Easy Face Designs
There are lots of simple designs to use when just starting out with Halloween pumpkins. It's important to make it fun for the kids, so don't discourage them by having them attempt something difficult. The most simple designs include the typical eyes, nose, mouth cut-outs. But trust me, this will take enough time as it is, so don't think that it's just a walk in the park.
Allow your children to use their imagination. When you're all done, you can roast pumpkin seeds and have fun with it, after all isn't that what it's all about?
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Simple but Tricky Designs
Okay so they've mastered the whole eyes, nose and mouth pumpkin and now they want to try something trickier. In this case, you can get creative by adding teeth, braces, glasses, or the classic advanced-shaped eyes.
Have your children (or you) choose an image online to go off of or else just let them be creative. You'd be surprised at the ideas that they'll come up with, and isn't it always fun to have a challenge?
Just make sure you've 'carved' out enough time to get them done!
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Trying Something Tricky
Well if you've made it this far, you're probably quite the Halloween pumpkin carver. In that case, you'll want to choose something challenging that will be truly rewarding once you've finished.
Consider choosing an object to carve instead of doing a pumpkin face. Often times a mummy (as seen here), black cat, and skeleton are popular choices. They're difficult but not impossible to carve.
House and Scenery
The tricky designs come when you need to focus on more detail than you have before. For these designs, you'll need to concentrate on where the light will shine through and when it does, how the shadow will look. Because of the complexity, these pumpkins obviously take a bit more time to carve but have such a stunning presence when they are completed.
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Do you see it?
In the odd chance that you're extremely good at what you do (pumpkin carving), then this challenge might be right up your alley. Carving people into pumpkins is almost as hard, if not harder, than drawing them on paper. So for this task, you'll need a printout of the person you are going to carve and a knife that will accommodate the fine detail you are about to attempt. Take your time and focus on the unique characteristics of the person you are carving. That's the key to making them recognizable.
In case you hadn't figure out who these pumpkin carvings are, you might know them better as Dick Cheney and Lionel Richie.
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Spell It Out
Say It Like You Mean It
An overlooked option for your pumpkin is to simply spell out whatever you want. Sometimes this translates to doing your last name on your doorstep, maybe your street address, or even just a simple "Happy Halloween".
Text is really limited to the size of your pumpkin so pick carefully. Too small of text might become illegible and the detail might be lost as well.
Be An Animal
Take Your Pick
Scary options of animals are all over when you simply google "jack-o-lantern", however some are better than others. This black cat, for example, is a great way to make a cat into your pumpkin carving. The arched back is notorious for Halloween and of course, it will appear black in the midst of the evening.
Other good ideas for animals are wolves or owls (to stay on the scary page) or you can opt for something friendlier such as a dog or bird.
Sports Fan Pumpkin
Pick a Team and Go
So you're a sports fan; baseball, basketball, football, the list goes on. So which team do you have a jersey for? Maybe you have a ball cap? Whichever it is, take out your object of inspiration and use it to create a one-of-a-kind jack-o-lantern.
Keep it as simple as possible because when the light shines through, it may appear differently than you'd expect. Try to make it into one cut to make the lines as easy as possible to see.
Double the Trouble
Create a Monster
Who said you can only use one pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern? That's not the case at all! Think up a design that would be neat when it includes two pumpkins. The one shown here is a good example of a pumpkin that will really illuminate the night.
If you run out of ideas, or need help getting started, a few ideas might include the headless horseman, a snowman, a bigger scenery pumpkin, a tall and spooky haunted house, a bucket of Halloween treats or something along these lines.
Browse the internet if you're short on ideas and you'll be able to come up with something unique without a doubt.
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Make a Scupture
Easier Said Than Done
Last but not least, is a pumpkin sculpture. Make sure you have plenty of time to pull this off, however, because it is very time consuming and difficult as well. First off, decide on a sculpture that you would like to attempt. It could be anything off the top of your head, or it can be any of the designs I mentioned above. Next, plan on how you will stack, move, and position the pumpkins for your sculpture. Make sure that you use flameless candles or LED lights to avoid a fire if the pumpkins topple.
In the end, you might even find that making pumpkin sculptures are even more fun than making Halloween cookies!