Carving a pumpkin at Halloween is a tried and true tradition. Pumpkin carving is a tradition that can bring you and your family some quality time together. Ever get tired of carving the same ole face in your pumpkin though? Branching out and trying something new for your pumpkin is easy if you use a pumpkin carving stencil. Unless you are great a free hand drawing, getting the perfect pattern on your pumpkin can be difficult. Using a stencil allows you to get that perfect pattern to express your creativity. Don’t want to start with anything too complicated? Don’t fret! Easy pumpkin carving stencils are out there. Some are so easy that even the kids can use them!
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Learning how to carve a pumpkin using a stencil is a pretty straightforward process. Cut the top of your pumpkin and pull out the pulp and seeds. Don’t forget you can roast those seeds for a delicious treat! Place your stencil on the outside of your pumpkin. Using a tool, you will poke holes into your pumpkin along the outline of the stencil. Remove the stencil off the pumpkin and then using some sturdy carving tools you will carve along the outline left behind.
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Stencils take all the hard work out of coming up with a design. The hardest part will be choosing which design to use! If you are a beginner there are plenty of simple and easy designs to work with. If you feel like you have mastered the basics and want to go more advanced with your designs then there are plenty of those out there as well. Below are some of my favorite stencils that I have found.
Easy Pumpkin Carving Stencils
These stencils are super easy to do but still loads of fun. The patters are very simple and large images without a lot of fine detail carving needed. The kiddos can even do these, with lots of help and supervision of course!!
Scary Pumpkin Carving Patterns
Scary and Halloween are made for each other!! Scary pumpkin faces are probably the most popular type of carvings to be done. If you are looking for some frightful images to strike fear into the hearts of trick-or-treaters this year, then scary pumpkin patters are the way to go! There are plenty of easy pumpkin carving stencils in the scary category that you can choose from. Feel like a challenge? There are plenty of advance pumpkin carving designs out there as well!
Extreme Pumpkin Carving Patterns
Are you a pumpkin carving master? Could you carve a simple pumpkin face in your sleep? Don’t fret!! There are plenty of challenging pumpkin carving out there to suite your fancy. So channel your inner Ray Villafane and get to carving your advanced pumpkin patterns!
Never Ending Creativity
Pumpkin carving stencils can open up a whole world of creativity. There are hundreds of patterns out there in just about any category you can think of. From traditional ghosts, zombies and vampires, to Disney patterns, television and movie character patterns, or even super heroes! So grab your family, find your pumpkin, and unleash all your creativity with fun and easy pumpkin carving stencils!