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A Fun, New Way to Carve Pumpkins: Easy Etched Leaf Patterns

Take a leaf out of our book and dress up your pumpkins with elegant etched designs. They may look fancy, but they’re actually basic watercolors brushed over linocut carvings. We love the contrast of the paints on white, but the patterns will look striking on any pumpkin you happen to pick.

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Photography by: Aaron Dyer
For even application of color, paint the flesh soon after carving.

Linocutting set, by Speedball, $15, joann.com.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

1. Choose a leaf template. Reduce or enlarge as needed, then print. Attach to pumpkin with clear tape. With an awl, pierce holes along perimeter of each leaf shape.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

2. Remove template, and use a narrow-bladed linoleum cutter to remove skin along marked holes. Then use awide-bladed cutter to pare away skin within design. Paint exposed flesh right away.

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Photography by: Antoine Bootz

Other Pretty Pumpkin Carving Ideas

 

Spectral Silhouettes

Use a photo stencil to model these pumpkins after family and friends.

 

Falling Flowers

These art-nouveau-inspired flowers and leaves are reminiscent of stained glass.

 

Monogrammed Pumpkin Vase 

Embrace your preppy side with a monogrammed cachepot.

 

Pumpkin Basket 

Show off lush fall flowers in this hollowed-out handbasket.

 

Lace-Patterned Pumpkins

These dainty lace pumpkins are more chic than shriek.

 

Pumpkins with Scary Etched Silhouettes

Add a touch of Victorian gloom with etched renderings of creepy objects.

 

Faux Bois Pumpkin

A wood-grain pumpkin is both unexpected and impressive.

 

Pumpkins with Scary Etched Silhouettes

Embrace your preppy side with a monogrammed cachepot.

 

Celestial Pumpkins

These glowing gourds add twinkle to chilly autumn nights.

 

Tiffany Lamp

One large and one small pumpkin make up this dangling display.

 

Pumpkin Basket

Show off lush fall flowers in this hollowed-out handbasket.

 

Celtic Knot Pumpkins

These intricate loops spookily have no end or beginning.

 

Pumpkin Pie Potpourri

This DIY incense burner will infuse your home with the scent of pie straight out of the oven.

 

Straburst Pumpkin Sconces

Scalloped edges and starburst patterns make a stylish pumpkin sconce.

 

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Cool Pumpkin Carving Ideas That Double As Decor

4 Pumpkin-Carving Tools You Must Have

You'll need more than a kitchen knife to carve a jack-o’-lantern the right way.  A variety of blades (serrated, looped, and curved) so you can quickly remove the pumpkin's insides and carve its rind easily and accurately, sculpting intricate details. You can find all of these tools at art-supply stores.

Keyhole Saw

This tool’s sharp teeth cut through the rind to make the large hole, either on the top or the bottom.

 

 

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Photography by: Mike Krautter

Fleshing Tool

A serrated loop easily scrapes away the flesh, allowing light to shine through.

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Photography by: Mike Krautter

Linoleum Cutter

Make a skin-deep outline and pattern with V- and U-shaped blades in a few sizes.

 

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Photography by: Mike Krautter

Miniature Saw

To cut out areas with lots of detail, like for facial features, use an easy-to-maneuver blade.

 

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Photography by: Mike Krautter

What are your tips for carving beautiful pumpkins? Let us know in the comments -- and share your projects with us on Facebook and Pinterest!

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