Turn Boring Pumpkins into Awesome Pumpkins
Halloween can be a great time for creativity with decorations, but some people may think that in order to gain a creative edge they have to buy their decorations. There are pumpkin carving stencil designs and patterns that can be found online that can help any novice pumpkin carver come up with an exciting pumpkin design that is sure to wow the tricker treaters.
After finding that perfect pumpkin, check out websites like Pumpkinpile.com or Pumpkinmasters.com to look at the different available designs to use. Different patterns include more traditional jack ‘o lantern faces, ghosts, creatures, witches, sports themes and other items that are sure to make your pumpkin standout. Youtube can be a great source of ideas for carving pumpkins, and offer tutorials on how to carve pumpkins using a pattern. Many of these online designs are free, so it can be fun to allow each family member a chance to design their own pumpkin after going to the pumpkin patch.
There are commercially available pumpkin carving kits that will have a variety of tools to help in carving a pumpkin safely, such as specialty knives, rollers to notch the design, scoops, and electric lights. If not using this type of kit, it can be helpful to gather all the items necessary for carving the pumpkin before getting started.
To get started, clean the pumpkin if necessary. Cut the top of the pumpkin and scoop it out completely. Print the design that will be used, and tape it to your dry pumpkin. Wet pumpkins may make the paper rip as you are poking the pattern onto the pumpkin skin. To create the design on the pumpkin, take a push pin or pumpkin tool to create dots about a half a centimeter apart on the lines of the pattern. After this is completed, the pattern paper can be removed. Then, cut carefully along the dotted lines that were created by the push pin or pumpkin tool. Add a light source, such as a candle or specially made pumpkin light, and it is ready to go for Halloween.
Explore the different websites available online to find that perfect Halloween pumpkin pattern or design to step up your boring pumpkin into one that will make everyone oh and ah while grabbing their camera. Simply print, copy the pattern and carve. These designs can help anyone make professional looking carved pumpkins while saving money.
Below are some great pumpkin carving designs to help get your creative juices flowing.