It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.
- Pumpkin Face templatesDownload the PDFs
- A keyhole saw or serrated knife
- Plaster scraper or large spoon
- Black marker and white paper or our template
- Masking tape
- Needle tool (from an art-supply store) or awl
- Serrated utility knife
- Miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks
- Apple corer
Begin by cutting a large hole in the bottom of a pumpkin with a keyhole saw or serrated knife, and then scrape out the insides with a plaster scraper until pumpkin walls are 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
To make the face, you can draw your own using black marker on white paper, or download and print our templates; enlarge the template to the desired size on a photocopier. Next, affix the face to the top of the pumpkin with masking tape so the stems serve as noses.
With a needle tool or awl, poke holes around the outline of each feature. Remove the paper, and then cut out features with a serrated utility knife, using the holes you poked as a guide.
To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.
SourceHalloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004
- Entertaining Details
- Crafting and DIY techniques
- Halloween details
- Halloween pumpkins
- Kids' birthday party
- Kids' parties
- Nature crafts
- Party decorations
- Party favors
- Pumpkin carving
- Pumpkin lighting
- Pumpkin painting
- Table decorations
- Theme party