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Year 2012 Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Updated on October 24, 2012

Printable Pumpkin Carving Patterns That Say "2012"

Every year, I like to carve a pumpkin with the year in it and put it on my front steps. Often I see parents snap a photo of their kids in their costumes alongside the pumpkin. Years from now, when they look back on their photos, they'll know exactly when it was.

Year pumpkins are also great as a decoration for a Halloween party or just to have at your house.

I've made some printable stencils to pick from this year so you, too, can carve your own 2012 pumpkin.

How to Use a Pumpkin Stencil

When using any of these stencils, you will want to print it out and hold the pattern up to your pumpkin. If the pattern is too large or small for your pumpkin, then consider shrinking or enlarging it on a copy machine to get the correct size for your pumpkin.

Next, tape the pattern to your pumpkin. Flat photos never fit over round surfaces perfectly so you will need to fold some darts into it to fit your pumpkin correctly. Then you'll want to examine where the pattern got messed up by those little folds and hand draw corrections so the design has no jagged spots.

Using a toothpick, pin, or special pumpkin carving tool, poke holes through the paper and into the pumpkin along the black lines of the pumpkin carving pattern. Poke holes along all black edges close to each other until you can't poke any more on the lines. Now, peel off your pattern and begin to carve the pumpkin along the lines. Be sure to start at the most vulnerable spots - often the center of the design.

2012 Box Stencil

2012 Box Stencil
2012 Box Stencil

2012 Script Stencil

2012 Script Stencil
2012 Script Stencil

2012 Burst Stencil

2012 Burst Stencil
2012 Burst Stencil

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2012 Moon Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Moon Pumpkin Stencil
2012 Moon Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Spider Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Spider Pumpkin Stencil
2012 Spider Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Frame Stencil

2012 Frame Stencil
2012 Frame Stencil

2012 Bat & Witch's Hat Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Bat & Witch's Hat Pumpkin Stencil
2012 Bat & Witch's Hat Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Oval Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Oval Pumpkin Stencil
2012 Oval Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Bat Pumpkin Stencil

2012 Bat Pumpkin Stencil
2012 Bat Pumpkin Stencil

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      Adolf 

      3 years ago

      - love it!this is much better than a chick i saw who wore her cardi as a scarf, no sewnig required, just wrapped it around her neck. o_Oi've been saving an grey wool jacket that i no longer wear to someday' hack it up and use the material for pillows.someday September 23, 2011 10:28 am

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      kab 

      6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @Piers Parker: Send me a photo when you finish! I plan to do one tonight, too.

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      Piers Parker 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Right, I am printing one of these off and giving it a go. Should impress the kids! Thanks.

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      Gregory Moore 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      What a great idea. I have been using pumpkin stencils for the last several years, but have never seen the date ones. Especially not printable stencils, which makes it even better. Carving one of these would make the perfect photo opportunity with the kids. My wife would scrap book the heck out of that picture.

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