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Designer Pumpkin Templates

Looking for something with more flair than scare? We've pulled together some of our most sophisticated ideas for the design-conscious carver.

 

These luminous pumpkins are evocative of Edgar Allan Poe and his tales of horror.

Looking for something with more flair than scare? These design conscious pumpkins are the grown-up counterparts to toothy jack-o'-lanterns.
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Project

Vine-and-Leaf-Carved Pumpkin Centerpiece

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Introduction


An elegant twist on pumpkin carving, this design of vine and ginkgo leaves is the grown-up counterpart to a smiling sawtooth jack-o'-lantern. Its autumnal appeal goes well beyond Halloween -- it would make a beautiful centerpiece for many occasions, especially Thanksgiving. Make the berries with a ceramic hole cutter.

Before you begin, learn how we created these textured effects using a carve-by-color technique.

Print Vine and Leaf Template 1
Print Vine and Leaf Template 2
Print Vine and Leaf Template 3
Print Vine and Leaf Template 4

How to Light the Pumpkin

Resources 1/4-inch hole cutter and 1/2-inch hole cutter, from Ceramic Supply, 7ceramic.com.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2010

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Reviews (13)

  • loverofbeauty 20 Oct, 2010

    Thank you for this beautiful template! I can't wait to create this as a centerpiece.

  • grumpyfossil 17 Oct, 2010

    Hello There!
    Thanks for fixing this! We are going to make this at school this week! Can't wait. Thanks for the beautiful patterns and ideas!
    Susan in Ohio

  • Michelle_Toglia 7 Oct, 2010

    The fourth template is fixed! Thank you all for your patience.

  • ssaid 4 Oct, 2010

    I'm surprised you haven't resolved this problem yet. This was your Oct cover shot, so it?

  • Tiffany_Sun 1 Oct, 2010

    we're working ASAP to get this up! many apologies for the delay!

  • mroselee 1 Oct, 2010

    Any chance the correct templates will be available soon? I've got my pumpkins ready for a gathering in two days and I would really like to sue this design!

  • mroselee 1 Oct, 2010

    Any chance the correct templates will be available soon? I've got my pumpkins ready for a gathering in two days and I would really like to sue this design!

  • cupcake45 28 Sep, 2010

    Please hurry so we can make several of various sizes. I. also, would like to make them out of faux pumpkins.

  • noemwittmayer 27 Sep, 2010

    Does anyone know if this technique works on faux craft pumpkins? The funkins.

  • Tiffany_Sun 23 Sep, 2010

    we're working to get this up asap. thanks for your patience!

  • treesandlakes 22 Sep, 2010

    I agree the middle templae is missing. Pages 12 and 13 offer the same template. I would like to attempt this design. Could you please furnish the missing template.

  • Pamaleya 21 Sep, 2010

    The middle template appears to be missing. Page 12

  • theolderchick 21 Sep, 2010

    template 3 and 4 are identical,the middle section appears to be missing,please advise.Thank you.

Vine-and-Leaf Template

This vine and leaf pattern is the grown-up counterpart to a scary jack-o'-lantern.

Project

Celtic Knot Pumpkins

For an intricate and unique jack-o'-lantern, try carving Celtic knots, complete loops with no end or beginning, into a pumpkin.

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Introduction

There are eight elementary knots which form the basis of nearly all the interlaced patterns in Celtic decorative art. Two of the elementary knots are derived from a three-cord plait, and the remaining six from a four-cord plait. Before the Christian influence on the Celts (about 450 A.D.), the only known Celtic artwork consisted of geometrical patterns such as spirals, key patterns, and step patterns. It has been suggested that the Celts' religion prevented them from depicting the works of the creator, namely animals, plants, and humans. That is why their artwork is restricted to geometrical patterns.

Celtic knots were used to decorate Bible manuscripts, monuments (notably Celtic crosses and cross slabs) and jewelry. The Book of Kells, a fantastic collection of paintings penned circa 800 A.D. that illuminate the four Gospels in Latin, is the best known source of Celtic knots.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download Celtic knot template one or two. Fit template to size of funkin by enlarging or reducing template; print. Staple Celtic knot template onto funkin.

  2. Step 2

    Staple Celtic knot template onto funkin. Start poking tiny holes through template to form Celtic knot outline. Remove staples and take off template. Begin cutting funkin out by using a key hole saw, starting in the middle and working outwards.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October October Fall 2007 2007

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Reviews (2)

  • JackieDiemer 29 Oct, 2008

    I actually carved the pumpkin that Michael was working on. It turned out just brilliant (although it requires quite a bit of patience).

  • JackieDiemer 29 Oct, 2008

    I actually carved the pumpkin that Michael was working on. It turned out just brilliant (although it requires quite a bit of patience).

Celtic Knot Template

For an abstract pattern that can suit many decors, try carving one, two, or both of our Celtic knots.

Project

Starburst Pumpkin Sconces

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Introduction

Three perfectly round pumpkins are first carved with a beautifully rendered starburst pattern that is reminiscent of a Tiffany-style lamp. Then they are fitted with small scallop-edged tops and displayed on small bracket shelves. The elegant lights radiate softly, casting flickering shadows up the wall.

Materials

  • Two round pumpkins for each sconce (one medium, the other about half as big)
  • Small wood gouge
  • Starburst Template
  • Toothpicks

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Prepare the larger pumpkin by cutting a hole in its side (this will become the top of the sconce), and hollow it out until the flesh is 1/2 inch thick. Using a small wood gouge, carve a shallow starburst design in the rind of the bottom surface of the pumpkin, but don't completely pierce the flesh (this will become the front).

  2. Step 2

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    To help pumpkin sit firmly on the shelf, create a flat surface by cutting a small slice from the side opposite the opening.

  3. Step 3

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    Cut off the bottom of the smaller pumpkin and hollow out the flesh to 1/2 inch thick. Cut off the top of the pumpkin, then use the template to create a scalloped edge.

  4. Step 4

    Add decorative detail to each scallop with a small wood gouge. Set small pumpkin on top of the larger one; secure with toothpicks.

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Reviews (0)

Starburst Template

Turn round pumpkins into glowing light fixtures with our starburst template.

Project

Faux Bois Pumpkin

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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

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Reviews (0)

Faux Bois Template

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

Project

Pumpkin Basket How-To

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Materials

  • Basket templates
  • Pumpkin
  • Grease pencil
  • Tape
  • Awl
  • Keyhole saw
  • Floral foam
  • Flowers

Steps

  1. Step 1

    If your pumpkin is not lopsided enough, cut an angle into its bottom to make it so. Measure halfway up pumpkin, and draw around its circumference with grease pencil (the line should be parallel to your work surface). Enlarge templates, and tape in place.

  2. Step 2

    Use an awl to poke holes along templates.

  3. Step 3

    Use keyhole saw to cut out one side of pumpkin along handle dotted line and circumference. Hollow pumpkin, scraping inside clean. Cut out other side. Cut along circumference to finish pattern. Use floral foam inside basket to arrange flowers.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2006

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Reviews (0)

Pumpkin Basket Template

Turn a lopsided pumpkin into a beautiful basket centerpiece.

Project

Pumpkin Leaf and Tendril How-To

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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

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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 with marbled-paper leaves and wire tendrils

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

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Haunted House Templates

Hilltop haunted houses have their windows ablaze with a spooky glow in these carvings.

Jack-o'-Clock Template

Ghouls and goblins will always know when the witching hour arrives with this clever pumpkin design.

Night Owl Pumpkin

Martha Stewart Living, October 2010


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

This owl stands out against a night sky, complete with stars and a full moon. Opt for a pale Lumina pumpkin: When lit from within, the exterior surface becomes multicolored. This design has the contemporary appeal of graphic art. For a starry sky, carve stars around the pumpkin: Saw some all the way through, and shave away others with a linoleum cutter. (If you want more "sky," carve another pumpkin with just stars.)

Print the Night Owl Template
How to Light the Pumpkin

Comments (4)

  • jnetti 21 Oct, 2013

    I love this idea. I printed this one and the witch. The patterns looks so great and printed perfectly.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • pooslie 20 Sep, 2011

    @shany3913-it is working for me? you wrap white stringed christmas lights around a mason jar and put it in the pumpkin.

  • pooslie 20 Sep, 2011

    @shany3913-it is working for me? you wrap white stringed christmas lights around a mason jar and put it in the pumpkin.

  • shany3913 28 Jul, 2011

    Am I the first one to find out that the link for "How to Light the Pumpkin" is dead? or you have the same problem?

Night Owl Template

This owl stands out against a night sky, complete with stars and a full moon.

Project

Funkin Witch Carousel

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Introduction

Turn a Funkin into a frightfully fun spinning witch carousel you can use for Halloween year after year.

Materials

  • Witch template
  • Printer
  • Plain printer paper
  • Pencil
  • Funkin
  • Utility knife
  • Pumpkin carving tools
  • 1/4-inch dowel cut into three 12-inch pieces
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Decorative moss
  • Black and orange glitter
  • Battery-powered light
  • Motorized lazy Susan (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print the witch template on plain printer paper. To transfer the design onto the Funkin, shade the back of the template with a pencil. Place the template onto the Funkin, shaded side down, and trace the witch outline with a sharp pencil. Repeat to create 3 witch outlines on the Funkin.

  2. Step 2

    Draw a scalloped line around the top and bottom of the Funkin. Spin the Funkin to create a line all the way around.Tip: Rest your elbow, then your wrist on the table as you hold the pencil in place on the Funkin.

  3. Step 3

    Lightly trace the lines and shapes you have drawn with a utility knife.

  4. Step 4

    Fully carve the top, bottom, and witch silhouettes from pumpkin.

  5. Step 5

    Paint glue onto pumpkin top and bottom and glitter with orange glitter. Glitter the witch silhouettes with black glitter.

  6. Step 6

    Using a hot-glue gun, attach the three witch cutouts to center of dowels. Gouge three 1/4-inch holes into the base of the Funkin, evenly spaced around the center and equidistant from the center and edge.

  7. Step 7

    Insert dowels into holes and secure with hot glue. Place scalloped top on top of dowels, using more hot glue to hold it in place.

  8. Step 8

    Fill bottom of Funkin with moss, and place a battery-powered light inside. Place Funkin on a motorized lazy Susan if you would like it to spin.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008

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Reviews (13)

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    I got my motorized turntable at http://www.sportcraftcars.com/display_turntables.htm
    They have 3 sizes. I got the 8 in diameter one....They hold up to 4 lbs....I think they turn clockwise so if they do, you need to cut out the witch's facing to the left...not to the right....I emailed Lisa (the pumpkin lady)...She said they had to rewire the turntable used on the show to turn counterclockwise....She also said that we could use shorter more rounded funkin,s...but you need to reduce the size of your witch's. She said the funkin used on the show was #8...you can also use a #2...or a shorted more rounded one.....

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • bookiewubby 30 Oct, 2008

    Hi...Everyone..The funkin is about 13 inches tall. There is a Funkin website, prices are very high though. You can also get them at Joann's 50% off, in my area
    You can order the glitter at MarthaStewart.com under Craft Supples..Glitter or at Michaels Crafts.....
    Now !!!!! For me,Does anyone know where I can I get the light to go in the pumpkin?

  • Diamond235 29 Oct, 2008

    I found my funkin at joann fabrics.

  • 465ladybug 29 Oct, 2008

    great idea i loved this design it was great for the family

  • myurlislorismith 29 Oct, 2008

    can someone give me an estimate on how tall the funkin is and where i could buy them online? thanks. if i start now, i will be done by 2009 halloween :)

  • Diamond235 29 Oct, 2008

    Where do you get the motorized lazy susan?????

  • audge 28 Oct, 2008

    I found in at Michael's craft store in the Martha Stewart aisle in Michigan today.

  • audge 28 Oct, 2008

    I found in at Michael's craft store in the Martha Stewart aisle in Michigan today.

  • angelart 27 Oct, 2008

    I cannot find the fire opal or onxy glitter for my witch carousel, please send me thr link so that I can order it. THank you Misty

Witch Carousel Template

Turn a Funkin into a fun spinning-witch carousel you can use year after year.

Project

Punch Bowl Prop How-To

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Introduction

Fill this vessel with dry ice for a smoldering display, or use it to serve punch (omitting the dry ice). Wear gloves when handling dry ice and use it in well-ventilated areas.

Materials

  • Ruler
  • Two pumpkins (one about 2/3 the size of the other)
  • Grease pencil
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Tape
  • Punch bowl templates (enlarge as needed)
  • Awl
  • Short length of square brass tubing (bent in on the flat sides to form a 4-pointed star)
  • Wood screw and screwdriver
  • A glass bowl
  • Dry ice

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use ruler to measure the halfway point on each pumpkin, and draw a horizontal line around circumferences with grease pencil. Cut pumpkins in half; discard tops. Lightly scrape insides clean. Tape templates to pumpkins (starting at the backs, since templates won't meet up exactly). Poke holes with awl along outline of the patterns; continue around pumpkins, moving template as you go.

  2. Step 2

    Use keyhole saw to cut out shapes along dotted lines and tubing to cut tiny holes.

  3. Step 3

    Place larger pumpkin on top of inverted smaller one. Use a 2-inch wood screw to fasten pumpkins to each other. Insert glass bowl, and fill with water and dry ice.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 155

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Reviews (5)

  • momofdestiny84 4 Oct, 2009

    You can go to a store were they sale fish bait they usually sale it there. I am here in mesa to...

  • tucson0106 7 Sep, 2009

    Where shall I look for dry ice?

    tucson

  • Lynneimer 24 Feb, 2009

    Help Why Doesn't the how to video work ?????

  • Texy 9 Oct, 2008

    In response to LunaHaze, yes, hot water produces much more "smoke!"

  • RubyEdge 7 Aug, 2008

    Oh this will be a lot of fun to make. I'm curious though about on the video it mentions using hot water on the dry ice. I've always just done room temp tap water. Does hot water work better or something?

Punch Bowl Template

Fill this bowl with dry ice for a spooky display, or use it to serve punch.