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Funny-Face Pumpkin Templates

Sure, Halloween is the "scary" holiday, but it's a time to get a little silly as well. You can, with any one of these pumpkins. Just download your favorite template and start carving.

 

This quartet of diminutive, goofy-grinned jack-o'-lanterns makes for a smile-inducing centerpiece.

Have fun this Halloween with one of these silly-faced pumpkins. They're sure to give everyone, young and old, reason to smile.
Guide Items

Project

Witch Jack-o'-Lanterns

Bumpy, lumpy, and greenish gray, these Hubbard squashes have the perfect complexions for making warty witch jack-o'-lanterns.

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Introduction

Print the templates for their faces and hats, and then carve their gaping grins. A little, greenish gourd makes for a bent and bulbous witch nose, and a pointy black hat completes the Salem-ready look. (Bring your own eye of newt and toe of frog.)

Materials

  • Keyhole saw
  • Hubbard squash
  • Fleshing tool
  • T pin or needle tool
  • Miniature saw
  • Small gourd
  • Toothpicks
  • Black paper
  • Craft knife
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Bone folder
  • Templates

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using keyhole saw, cut bottom off squash; hollow squash with fleshing tool.

  2. Step 2

    Using T pin, trace face template onto squash. Cut along those lines with miniature saw.

  3. Step 3

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    For the nose, cut the bottom off a small gourd. Insert toothpicks to cut end, and attach to face.

  4. Step 4

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    To make hat, trace template onto black paper; cut out. Using tabs, hot-glue brim to underside of crown. To add a ruffle, use bone folder to accordion-fold a 3-by-60-inch piece of paper, and encircle squash with it.

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Reviews (0)

Witch Template

A Hubbard squash has the perfect complexion for making this witch pumpkin.

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

Pumpkin Face Templates

Enjoy keeping strange company? Then you'll find these expressive pumpkins a hoot to have around.

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

Ghostly Chorus Templates

With their gaping maws, these guys are a real howl!

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

Peekaboo Mini Pumpkin Template

Carve your pumpkins using our face templates and let them play hide and seek.

Project

Two-Faced Pumpkin with Wall Projection

In case its startling greeting didn't scare you, this pumpkin also projects a leering visage onto the wall behind it.

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Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, hollowing until the flesh is 1/2 inch thick.

  2. Step 2

    Photocopy face and BOO! templates to desired size; cut out. Tape templates to opposite sides of a large pumpkin, and trace shapes by poking holes with an awl; remove templates. 

  3. Step 3

    Use a narrow linoleum cutter to carve greeting, scraping off pumpkin skin. Cut out facial features with a miniature saw.

  4. Step 4

    After carving the front and back of the pumpkin, position it near a wall; you may need to experiment with the placement to get the right ghostly effect.

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Reviews (3)

  • nilongvyas 21 Oct, 2014

    How does it project? Just by putting a candle in it?

  • KimmyT 14 Oct, 2011

    Nevermind, I got it - it's not cut through, it's just etched.

  • KimmyT 14 Oct, 2011

    Any secret to getting the cut out pieces to float in the middle of the letters? (the semi-circles in the B, and the circles in the O's)

Two-Faced Template

In case the "Boo!" didn't scare you, this pumpkin also projects a leering face behind it.

Ravenous Template

A treat-filled bowl was placed in his cavernous mouth, and flashlights were tucked into the sides.

Project

Mini Pumpkin Creatures

A witch's curse didn't shrink these pumpkins; they come in size small. Their petite portions are sure to appeal to little kids, who can find everything they need to decorate them around the house.

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Introduction

With Mom or Dad's help, use regular-size pumpkin-carving tools to cut eyes and other features, or create expressions with paper or twine. While larger jack-o'-lanterns keep watch on the porch, these mini pumpkin creatures can be perched anywhere -- on top of a dresser, tucked in a bookshelf, or along a windowsill. Use a second mini pumpkin or paper cup for a body to give them greater stature, and they just might scare visitors out of their rinds.

A carved scare-cob stands guard with a yellow plastic pitchfork in hand.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For outfit and arms, cut 11 pieces of construction paper in a corn-ear shape Download our template for the corn-ear.

  2. Step 2

    Use two for arms: Twist ends; wrap with waxed twine for hands.

  3. Step 3

    Use dried Indian corn, available at crafts stores, for body; cut off ends so it stands upright. Pin outfit and then arms to top with straight pins. Cut hole slightly smaller than top of corn in bottom of pumpkin; fit corn in hole. Tape fork in place.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2005

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Reviews (6)

  • sneekydd 20 Oct, 2008

    OK I LOVE the little witch-I think I have to make one!

  • carabau 19 Oct, 2008

    I think a miniature pitch-fork would look better on the scarecrow.

  • NorbieK 18 Oct, 2008

    How clever!!!! Love the cat! such a cute lil' kitty.

  • beadyeyedbrat 18 Oct, 2008

    Am I missing some of the article? It mentions a spider and a cat, but I don't see them.

  • cygnetbsf 18 Oct, 2008

    IT would be nice to ses what they all looked like - Cute idea - but visuals would help me.

  • lepinkowl 18 Oct, 2008

    oh that is adorable! fantastic center piece idea.

Mini Scarecrow Template

A carved "scare-cob" stands guard with a yellow plastic pitchfork in hand.

Project

Black Magic Pumpkins

These puckish pumpkins with their paint-blackened rinds and orange-gold interiors, thumb their carved noses at traditional jack-o'-lanterns.

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Materials

  • Pumpkins
  • Miniature carving saw
  • Plaster scraper
  • Masking tape
  • Black floral spray
  • Battery-powered light
  • Needle tool or awl
  • Waxed paper Straight pins
  • Pumpkin carving template

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Make a 4-inch round hole in the bottom of your pumpkin with a carving saw; scrape out flesh.

  2. Step 2

    Place pumpkin on newspaper in a well-ventilated area. Wrap masking tape around stem, and coat pumpkin with black floral spray. Let dry for 30 minutes; remove tape.

  3. Step 3

    Print desired template enlarged or reduced to fit your pumpkin, and cut outside the perimeter. Tape to pumpkin.

  4. Step 4

    Use needle tool to outline the shape with close-set holes. Cut out design with saw. (If necessary, touch up pumpkin with floral spray.)

  5. Step 5

    Place battery-powered light inside. For a muted glow, affix a sheet of waxed paper behind the cutout with straight pins before adding the light source.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 143 October 2005

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Reviews (21)

  • jrtmitzi 23 Aug, 2010

    I made these also. I found that by tracing the witch pattern on the plywood with a black felt pen eliminated the use of reposition-able spray. I didn't have the mess the paper would have made peeling it back off and I have the pattern in tack for the next set I plan to make. I can't wait to display the witch and the cats in my yard!

  • lynnemiller 18 Oct, 2008

    we made the witch and cats this year and made a slight improvement - after they were all assembled, we spray painted the pipes and fasteners black - now they look great from the back, too!

  • janaiguana 2 Oct, 2008

    You might try a glow stick in these pumpkins. I just made the spider eggs this week and the trick with those is to use a glow stick in them. I did a test with the "premium" glow sticks that I got and they really put out the light in all different colors and last for hours. If you got an orange glow stick, that would be perfect, but the green and yellow really pop!

  • jmeisen 1 Oct, 2008

    My husband and I also made these and they look FANTASTIC! Our neighbors were trying to get us to make more and sell them! I had success with using indirect light. We used a yellow bulb...it looked a lot more eerie, and mount it behind the silhouette, shooting to the wall closed to where we have them. You don't need a lot of light....

  • bittyro 29 Sep, 2008

    First don't use white lights. Second don't use high wattage bulbs. If you can, find low wattage colored floodlight lamps. The colored party bulbs (25-40 watts) in green ,red, orange or blue also work well, but you may need to find a special fixture to protect the bulbs from the elements. If lighting from behind, don't point the light at your ornaments, instead shine it on a wall or backdrop that is close behind them.

  • bittyro 29 Sep, 2008

    You also want to hide the light fixture if you can to remove it from the observers line of sight. You want to showcase your ornaments not draw the eye away from them or make the observer look away because the light shines in their eyes. If lighting from the ground still does not work, try attaching the light to a tree branch above.

  • forrest7 29 Sep, 2008

    We made the witch and cats lawn ornaments and they are beautiful. We put flood lights shining on the back of the figures and it did not look right and then we tried them in the front of the figures, it is still not right. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to display them with lighting?
    Thanks

  • forrest7 29 Sep, 2008

    We made the witch and cats lawn ornaments and they are beautiful. We put flood lights shining on the back of the figures and it did not look right and then we tried them in the front of the figures, it is still not right. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to display them with lighting?
    Thanks

  • lagainer 22 Sep, 2008

    My husband and I made the witch and cats this year. They are awesome! I paired them with a homemade broom made of a large branch and twigs to give it a more eerie look. Looks great!

  • thatlibrarylady 21 Sep, 2008

    I made these when they first came out, I was and still am so very proud of how wonderful they look! I was so pleased to have a free pattern that is so professional looking! They are the delight of my Halloween decorations!

  • kditty16 18 Sep, 2008

    I made 2 of these a few years ago. I had never worked with wood before, but I was so inspired that I just started and it was quite easy. I love them they are my favorite Halloween decoration and my neighbors loved them to. 2 sheets of 4 X 8 plywood 3/4 inch thick cost about $30.00 and a can of black paint, about $10.00 and a few accdessories, total cost approx. $50.00 for two fo them..And I squeezed 2 cats on the same wood. Great project...

  • Brialynn 9 Sep, 2008

    I was very driven this year to make these items. Yes, I too saw them going for big bucks from a well known on-line store. They also show a 8 foot tree for $400! Between my husbands draftsman abilities and my design background we did it all for under 100.00!

  • CynKing 7 Sep, 2008

    My husband and I made the witch and cats silhouettes in 2005 when this issue came out. This year I saw then for sale in a pricey catalog. About $320 for what you see here. I love these, and look forward to taking them out again.

  • nette04 4 Sep, 2008

    My family and i made this a few years ago, now everyone of my aunts wants us to make this.

  • tavorocha1 25 Aug, 2008

    I made this last year and everyone in the neighborhood stopped by and told me they loved it. I ended up going to the "Halloween" mega store and purchasing a crooked witch's broom that looks like it was made from a branch of a tree, and also purchased a "flickering" light bulb for the lantern, and it turned out really creepy.

  • tavorocha1 25 Aug, 2008

    I did this last year to my 6 pumpkins and they turned out great. Unfortunetly the squirrels liked them too. I learned not to spray the pumpkins first, instead I carved them, stuffed them with newspapers then sprayed them. The reason for that was because when I went to take off the template when they were sprayed firs, the paint would peel off along with the tape that was holding the template. My neighbors loved them too.

  • chadgarner_deleted 21 Aug, 2008

    I live in Salem, MA. I think one of these would be great in my yard this year. Love to have Martha stop by.

  • chadgarner_deleted 21 Aug, 2008

    I live in Salem, MA. I think one of these would be great in my yard this year. Love to have Martha stop by.

  • waggonswest 1 Jul, 2008

    I've made these and get them out each year. Although there always seems to be at least one that escapes and is still peeking out of the Christmas decorations.

  • BrandiLee 17 Dec, 2007

    I have these and I L-O-V-E them! They weren't too difficult to make the pattern was the most time consuming part we found that cutting it out then pasting and tracing was the easier route! We have made them a couple times for family as well! I look forward to getting my Witch and cats out every year! They are a big hit with the neighborhood!

  • cynthiab 11 Nov, 2007

    My husband made this for me for Halloween, after saving the MSL for three years and making sure he got a jigsaw for Christmas! :) He said it wss very easy to do, but putting the pattern together was the most difficult part. We had a hard time finding "repositionable spray"--many spray adhesives were permanent AND repositionable, depending on how much you spray, so read the can.

Black Magic Templates

These black-painted pumpkins thumb their noses at traditional jack-o'-lanterns.

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

Stem-Nosed Template

Turn the pumpkin on its side (literally) for this fun, unique carving project.

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

Birdbath Pumpkin Templates

Behold, the count and countess of Birdbath, with their kids.

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

Leering Pumpkin Templates

Create one or more leering pumpkin heads to welcome trick-or-treaters.

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

Morbid Multiples

Have these gourds seen a ghost, or are they just anticipating the frightful sights they'll see?

Project

Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.

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Materials

  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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. 

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.

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