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Scenic Pumpkin Templates

These templates allow you to add leaves, vines, and a touch of nature to your pumpkins to lend a sophisticated, natural look to your front porch or table.

 

This project offers an elegant twist. The design is a grown-up counterpart to a toothy jack-o'-lantern.

Create a pumpkin that says "fall" more than it says "spooky" with one of these scenic-inspired projects.
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Project

Denizens of the Dark

Conjure a subtle sense of foreboding with these haunting tableaux of eerily carved pumpkins.

Introduction

Carved pumpkins usually go solo -- the jaunty jack-o'-lantern perched on a stoop, greeting Halloween callers with a toothy smile. But presented in a cluster, these late-October luminaries really shine. This year, why not assemble dramatic vignettes to set the stage for a season of spine-chilling fun? Beckon treat-seekers with glowing orbs that radiate a spider theme on the steps of a dimly lit doorway. Or set a harvest table with pumpkins from which an ominous scarecrow and a black cat loom. These are just two of the scenes you can create using the techniques that follow. Before you visit the pumpkin patch or the farm stand, draw a sketch of your composition to determine how many pumpkins you'll need. Then, with an eye for sizes and shapes, choose ones with slightly flat faces, which will make it easier to transfer the designs. When carving time comes, invite friends over to partake of the craft of transforming pumpkins, large and small, into scenes full of watchful ravens, screeching cats, and fluttering moths. Your gang of pumpkins will bewitch the night so effectively, you'll want to enjoy them long into November.

Once the carving is complete, wrap string lights around the glass jar, then place jar inside pumpkin. We prefer this technique because you won't have to worry about the lights going out in your display.

You can also use fruits of various sizes in the same arrangement. (Keep in mind that smaller pumpkins are harder to work with.) We paired three basketball-style pumpkins with a small, smooth-skinned pie pumpkin.

Materials

  • Pumpkin templates
  • Keyhole saw to cut the opening
  • Plaster scraper, fleshing tool, or sharp, sturdy spoon for scooping out the pulpy flesh and thinning the walls
  • Awl, for transferring the template patterns
  • Narrow-blade and wide-blade linoleum cutters for etching designs
  • Miniature saw for carving designs
  • String lights
  • Glass jar

Steps

  1. Step 1

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht1.jpg

    Cut a hole in base of pumpkin with keyhole saw. Scoop out seeds and flesh with plaster scraper, fleshing tool, or spoon; thin walls if desired.

  2. Step 2

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht3.jpg

    Choose template. Reduce or enlarge as needed, and tape to pumpkin.

  3. Step 3

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht5.jpg

    Using an awl, pierce holes along perimeter of template; remove to reveal pattern outline.

  4. Step 4

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht4.jpg

    Using narrow-blade linoleum cutter, remove skin along perimeter of your design. Then use wide-blade cutter to pare away skin within design. (The more skin you pare, the brighter the design will glow.)

  5. Step 5

    Carve out your design using miniature saw. For intricate patterns with tight corners, work in sections.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2007

Reviews (5)

  • ashleysam128 21 Oct, 2008

    I used the raven template to carve a pumpkin last year and it was a hit! I had never "scraped" the skin off of the pumpkin before, and it really gives a great look! When carving out the inside of the pumpkin, try to wear down the walls, so when you carve the outside the pattern really shines!

  • AdrianayHugo 17 Oct, 2008

    Hello to all: I'd love to get the Victorian Gothic Chandelier (Glittered Chandelier) template to try to make it with my kids. Thank you

  • kimlikesyellow 12 Sep, 2008

    i think this is a very romantic view of halloween, i like this very much

  • vjfowl 12 Sep, 2008

    Yes, please do provide us with where to get the templates.

  • marthaminime 12 Sep, 2008

    Where can I get the templates?

Leaf and Crow Templates

Beckon treat-seekers with glowing orbs that radiate crows and leaves.

Project

Faux Bois Pumpkin

Introduction

We used a carve-by-color technique to give this pumpkin a cool, unexpected twist. 

Have fun with a freehand faux bois design. Improvise to create much of the wood-grain pattern. Trace our knot templates onto the pumpkin in several spots, scrape the rings with a linoleum cutter, and then make free-form lines to fill in the design. Make the eye of each knot by piercing the pumpkin wall with a ceramic hole cutter (for small eyes, use a pushpin).

Print Another Knot Template

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2010
Faux Bois Template

Create a freehand faux-bois design including our knot templates.

Project

Pumpkin Leaf and Tendril How-To

Introduction

To decorate your holiday table, cluster several pumpkins (we used the 'One Too Many' variety) as a centerpiece and embellish them with marbled-paper leaves and wire tendrils.

Use the same technique for smaller 'White Ball' gourds, and arrange one on each plate for place settings.

Materials

  • Leaf template
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Green marbled paper
  • Glue stick
  • Paper-covered millinery wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download leaf templates, and print 2 copies of desired size onto card stock, enlarging and reducing as needed (smallest template works best with gourds). Cut out templates with scissors, and trace with a pencil onto green marbled paper. Cut out leaves with scissors.

  2. Step 2

    Using a glue stick, affix the reverse sides of leaves together to form a double-sided leaf. Crease down the center of leaf.

  3. Step 3

    Coil an 18-inch length of paper-covered millinery wire around a pencil to create a spiraled tendril. Trim wire as needed for smaller pumpkins and gourds. Wrap the center of the tendril once or twice around the pumpkin's stem to secure.

  4. Step 4

    To attach the leaf, slip the small slit at the leaf's base onto the tendril (on smaller specimens, you may be able to slip slits onto the stems).

  5. Step 5

    Repeat to make more leaf decorations.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2008

Reviews (1)

  • Gramjen 3 Feb, 2011

    These pumpkin centerpieces are adorable additions to home decor items and are perfect for the fall season. Thanks for the information on how to make these and add them to my seasonal decorations. http://www.teresaselitemerchandise.net

Leaf Template

Here, we clustered several pumpkins and embellished them withmarbled-paper leaves and wire tendrils.

Project

Denizens of the Dark

Conjure a subtle sense of foreboding with these haunting tableaux of eerily carved pumpkins.

Introduction

Carved pumpkins usually go solo -- the jaunty jack-o'-lantern perched on a stoop, greeting Halloween callers with a toothy smile. But presented in a cluster, these late-October luminaries really shine. This year, why not assemble dramatic vignettes to set the stage for a season of spine-chilling fun? Beckon treat-seekers with glowing orbs that radiate a spider theme on the steps of a dimly lit doorway. Or set a harvest table with pumpkins from which an ominous scarecrow and a black cat loom. These are just two of the scenes you can create using the techniques that follow. Before you visit the pumpkin patch or the farm stand, draw a sketch of your composition to determine how many pumpkins you'll need. Then, with an eye for sizes and shapes, choose ones with slightly flat faces, which will make it easier to transfer the designs. When carving time comes, invite friends over to partake of the craft of transforming pumpkins, large and small, into scenes full of watchful ravens, screeching cats, and fluttering moths. Your gang of pumpkins will bewitch the night so effectively, you'll want to enjoy them long into November.

Once the carving is complete, wrap string lights around the glass jar, then place jar inside pumpkin. We prefer this technique because you won't have to worry about the lights going out in your display.

You can also use fruits of various sizes in the same arrangement. (Keep in mind that smaller pumpkins are harder to work with.) We paired three basketball-style pumpkins with a small, smooth-skinned pie pumpkin.

Materials

  • Pumpkin templates
  • Keyhole saw to cut the opening
  • Plaster scraper, fleshing tool, or sharp, sturdy spoon for scooping out the pulpy flesh and thinning the walls
  • Awl, for transferring the template patterns
  • Narrow-blade and wide-blade linoleum cutters for etching designs
  • Miniature saw for carving designs
  • String lights
  • Glass jar

Steps

  1. Step 1

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht1.jpg

    Cut a hole in base of pumpkin with keyhole saw. Scoop out seeds and flesh with plaster scraper, fleshing tool, or spoon; thin walls if desired.

  2. Step 2

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht3.jpg

    Choose template. Reduce or enlarge as needed, and tape to pumpkin.

  3. Step 3

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht5.jpg

    Using an awl, pierce holes along perimeter of template; remove to reveal pattern outline.

  4. Step 4

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht4.jpg

    Using narrow-blade linoleum cutter, remove skin along perimeter of your design. Then use wide-blade cutter to pare away skin within design. (The more skin you pare, the brighter the design will glow.)

  5. Step 5

    Carve out your design using miniature saw. For intricate patterns with tight corners, work in sections.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2007

Reviews (5)

  • ashleysam128 21 Oct, 2008

    I used the raven template to carve a pumpkin last year and it was a hit! I had never "scraped" the skin off of the pumpkin before, and it really gives a great look! When carving out the inside of the pumpkin, try to wear down the walls, so when you carve the outside the pattern really shines!

  • AdrianayHugo 17 Oct, 2008

    Hello to all: I'd love to get the Victorian Gothic Chandelier (Glittered Chandelier) template to try to make it with my kids. Thank you

  • kimlikesyellow 12 Sep, 2008

    i think this is a very romantic view of halloween, i like this very much

  • vjfowl 12 Sep, 2008

    Yes, please do provide us with where to get the templates.

  • marthaminime 12 Sep, 2008

    Where can I get the templates?

Spiderweb Template

Create one or several of these intricate webs to place on your doorstep.

Haunted House Pumpkins

Martha Stewart Living, October 2010

We used a carve-by-color technique to give this pumpkin a cool, unexpected twist. 

Hilltop haunted houses have their windows ablaze with spookiness in these carvings. Choose tall, oblong pumpkins to showcase the vertical designs. Scrape the ring in an up-and-down motion with a linoleum cutter to further accentuate the houses' narrow height. 

To display, place the pumpkins on plates and then surround them with leaves and fine straw to simulate the eerie look of a neglected front lawn. To be on the safe side, use electric twinkle lights rather than a candle to illuminate any pumpkin you set off with decorations such as these.

Print Haunted House Template 1 
Print Haunted House Template 2
Print Haunted House Template 3

How to Light the Pumpkins

Tags

Haunted House Template

Haunted houses have their windows ablaze with spookiness in these carvings.

Project

Spider Squash

What would Halloween be without a macabre evocation of the denizens of the night? These multilegged creatures rise up from the damp earth and moss to skitter across cold stones.

Introduction

Black-green squashes, such as 'Table Ace' acorn, are carved with a linoleum cutter, which removes only the outer flesh.

Materials

  • Dark-color squash
  • Spider template
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Linoleum cutter set
  • Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
  • Glass jar

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Size template to fit squash. Print, and trim excess paper around template.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a hole at the base of squash, large enough to fit glass jar, with keyhole saw.

  3. Step 3

    Clean the inside of pumpkin with fleshing tool, removing seeds, pulp, and fibers.

  4. Step 4

    Affix template to squash with masking tape. Using awl, transfer design to squash by poking holes around blackened areas. Remove template.

  5. Step 5

    With linoleum cutter fitted with a No. 2 blade, carve spider, exposing flesh without cutting all the way through. For finer details, switch to a No. 1 blade; for larger sections, use a No. 3 blade.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2008
Spider Template

These multilegged creatures rise up from the damp earth and moss to skitter across cold stones.

Project

Denizens of the Dark

Conjure a subtle sense of foreboding with these haunting tableaux of eerily carved pumpkins.

Introduction

Carved pumpkins usually go solo -- the jaunty jack-o'-lantern perched on a stoop, greeting Halloween callers with a toothy smile. But presented in a cluster, these late-October luminaries really shine. This year, why not assemble dramatic vignettes to set the stage for a season of spine-chilling fun? Beckon treat-seekers with glowing orbs that radiate a spider theme on the steps of a dimly lit doorway. Or set a harvest table with pumpkins from which an ominous scarecrow and a black cat loom. These are just two of the scenes you can create using the techniques that follow. Before you visit the pumpkin patch or the farm stand, draw a sketch of your composition to determine how many pumpkins you'll need. Then, with an eye for sizes and shapes, choose ones with slightly flat faces, which will make it easier to transfer the designs. When carving time comes, invite friends over to partake of the craft of transforming pumpkins, large and small, into scenes full of watchful ravens, screeching cats, and fluttering moths. Your gang of pumpkins will bewitch the night so effectively, you'll want to enjoy them long into November.

Once the carving is complete, wrap string lights around the glass jar, then place jar inside pumpkin. We prefer this technique because you won't have to worry about the lights going out in your display.

You can also use fruits of various sizes in the same arrangement. (Keep in mind that smaller pumpkins are harder to work with.) We paired three basketball-style pumpkins with a small, smooth-skinned pie pumpkin.

Materials

  • Pumpkin templates
  • Keyhole saw to cut the opening
  • Plaster scraper, fleshing tool, or sharp, sturdy spoon for scooping out the pulpy flesh and thinning the walls
  • Awl, for transferring the template patterns
  • Narrow-blade and wide-blade linoleum cutters for etching designs
  • Miniature saw for carving designs
  • String lights
  • Glass jar

Steps

  1. Step 1

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht1.jpg

    Cut a hole in base of pumpkin with keyhole saw. Scoop out seeds and flesh with plaster scraper, fleshing tool, or spoon; thin walls if desired.

  2. Step 2

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht3.jpg

    Choose template. Reduce or enlarge as needed, and tape to pumpkin.

  3. Step 3

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht5.jpg

    Using an awl, pierce holes along perimeter of template; remove to reveal pattern outline.

  4. Step 4

    la102831_1007_pumpkinht4.jpg

    Using narrow-blade linoleum cutter, remove skin along perimeter of your design. Then use wide-blade cutter to pare away skin within design. (The more skin you pare, the brighter the design will glow.)

  5. Step 5

    Carve out your design using miniature saw. For intricate patterns with tight corners, work in sections.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2007

Reviews (5)

  • ashleysam128 21 Oct, 2008

    I used the raven template to carve a pumpkin last year and it was a hit! I had never "scraped" the skin off of the pumpkin before, and it really gives a great look! When carving out the inside of the pumpkin, try to wear down the walls, so when you carve the outside the pattern really shines!

  • AdrianayHugo 17 Oct, 2008

    Hello to all: I'd love to get the Victorian Gothic Chandelier (Glittered Chandelier) template to try to make it with my kids. Thank you

  • kimlikesyellow 12 Sep, 2008

    i think this is a very romantic view of halloween, i like this very much

  • vjfowl 12 Sep, 2008

    Yes, please do provide us with where to get the templates.

  • marthaminime 12 Sep, 2008

    Where can I get the templates?

Harvest Scene Templates

Place a scarecrow, cat, or a bird beside a rickety picket fence to set a chilling scene.