Carving the Many Faces of Jack…
Every year before Halloween, we enjoy ripping out the guts from harmless little pumpkins just to roast their seeds and bake the shreds into pumpkin pies. Then, we give them personality with a unique happy or spooky face carved from either pumpkin carving templates or stencils with an original design, and light up their hollow rinds to place them on display for everyone to see.
Carving pumpkin faces can be easy or somewhat difficult, depending on how detailed you want your fleshy orange friend to appear. Good thing he’s thick-skinned and can take quite a bit of damage before shriveling up! There are many free printable pumpkin carving templates and stencils available, plus tools, ideas, books, and a few extra resources to give you the inspiration you need to create a couple of memorable pumpkins…
Traditional Smiling Pumpkin Faces – Grinning Pumpkins
Traditional jack-o-lanterns have a wide grinning smile to meet and greet your trick-or-treaters. These printable pumpkin faces are sure to make the kids have a Happy Halloween:
Scary Pumpkins – Skeletons, Spiders, Bats, Ghosts, etc…
Skeleton Faced Pumpkin
Simple to carve cracked skeleton face design with ragged teeth.
Hovering gargoyle creature – protector of the night.
Legend Lord of Darkness
A hard pattern to carve, but well worth the effort!
Scaredy Cat Haunted House
Black cat, owl, haunted house, more…
Popular Pumpkin Characters – Disney, or Popular Book and Movie Characters…
Dracula carving template with a bat flying overhead.
Tigger from Winnie-the-Pooh
Striped smiling faced Tigger template.
American McGee Cheshire Cat
With his Gothic grinning smile and pierced ear…difficult carving.
Where the Wild Things Are
Medium – hard template Lots of detail.
From Nightmare before Christmas…
Worth More than Words… Boo! Happy Halloween!
Victorian Scroll Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween in words with an elegant Victorian scroll border.
Not just any old BOO…a slightly dripping boo. Use your imagination for painted additions after the carving.
Ray Villafane Pumpkin Carving Tools
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