Let's Get Spooky: Five Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Who knew adulting was also learning how to correctly carve a pumpkin to make all your cute Pinterest ideas come to life? Well, now you know! Here are 5 trendy pumpkin carving ideas to make your pumpkin go from blah to WOW!

Eye See You Pumpkin

"Start with two white pumpkins (stems removed) and two slightly larger orange pumpkins. Cut hole in back of each orange pumpkin big enough for white pumpkin to fit into. Hollow out orange pumpkins; carve eye shape, then use linoleum cutter to carve lashes. Draw iris and pupil circles on white pumpkins, trace iris outlines with linoleum cutter, and lightly etch lines from outer to inner edge of iris. Paint with diluted green acrylic paint; when dry, use black acrylic paint for pupil. Draw blood vessels around iris with red permanent marker. When dry, insert white pumpkins into orange pumpkins."

Mummy Pumpkin

"Carve an opening out of the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Cut pumpkin horizontally all the way around, 1" to 2" below the opening. Repeat 4 to 6 times until you've carved the whole pumpkin into 1" to 2" circles all the way around (don't worry about making your cuts particularly straight or wavy).

Separate the pieces. Keeping the top and bottom pieces the same, restack the others in a different order. Rotate the pieces until you get a shape you like, enlarging the carvings for eyes or mouth if desired. Starting from the bottom, lift each level of pumpkin, insert 3 to 4 toothpicks onto the level below, then press down to secure in place. Continue with the next level up until entire pumpkin is held together. Place beans into eye holes, securing with half-toothpicks if necessary."

Mummy Pumpkin

Zipper Mouth Pumpkin

"Hollow out medium round pumpkin from the bottom. Carve 2 oval eyes, then cut 2 smaller circles from leftover rind for pupils. Etch away skin on each pupil using linoleum cutter, attach black button with pin on top and secure to pumpkin with toothpick.

For eyebrows, use awl to poke 3 holes above each eye as shown. Push a length of¼"-wide black ribbonthrough left hole; knot inside to secure, then thread through holes and knot to close.

Repeat for right eyebrow. For mouth, unzipzippera little more than halfway. Use black pushpins or silver straight pins (color heads with black permanent marker) to attach zipper, shaping mouth opening. Trace inside open part of zipper with highlighter. Unpin to carve mouth, then repin in place."

Zipper Mouth Pumpkin
 

Witch Pumpkin

"Make this bewitching display at home by first hollowing a green heirloom pumpkin. Carve out mouth and eyes, then attach parsnip nose with toothpicks. Straight-pin faux berry branches on top for hair.Print hat templateand trace onto felt; cut out tracing and assemble with hot glue. Wrap ½-inch satin ribbon above hat brim and place on top of hair."

Witch Pumpkin

Jack Stack Pumpkin

"A graduated tower of pumpkins, from big and squat to small, makes a dramatic display of smiles. Carving holes in the tops and/or bottoms of the respective pumpkins allows light to pass up through from the base. The lanterns themselves are an easy matter of removing nose, eyes, and finally mouths."

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