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Easy Pumpkin Templates

Make party pumpkins or ones with scary faces: These simple carving projects are quick and inexpensive, and require only a few supplies.

 

This straightforward pumpkin says it all. Print our "Boo!" template, trace the design with a needle or large pin, and carve along the pattern with a linoleum-carving tool.

Make party pumpkins or ones with scary faces: These simple carving projects are sure to impress this Halloween.
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Project

Fanged Pumpkins

Grouped together on the mantel, Drac-o'-lantern and tiny winged pals create a Transylvanian scene. Run-of-the-mill pushpins turn into devilish red eyes.

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Materials

  • For vampire pumpkin: Thumbtack or pin
  • Small white pumpkin (For a big bite, choose a small pumpkin so the plastic vampire teeth seem huge)
  • Plastic vampire teeth
  • Mouth template
  • For bat: Black construction paper
  • Small white pumpkin
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wing template

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Print mouth template. Lay template on pumpkin, and poke thumbtack through, all along outline, to transfer design. Cut out with saw; remove excess flesh.

  2. Step 2

    Wedge teeth into hole.

  3. Step 3

    For eyes, pin map tacks onto pumpkin.

  4. Step 4

    Print wing template

  5. Step 5

    Trace onto construction paper and cut out.

  6. Step 6

    Fold down flat ends of wings 1/4 inch, and attach folded edge to pumpkin with hot glue.

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Reviews (17)

  • andhe7 14 Dec, 2013

    It is very nice, congratulations, you will follow and I'll share this page. Lotería de Santander

  • Adam Kito 4 Aug, 2015

    thanks for all this great and valuable informations
    i love it

  • love n destroy 20 Oct, 2013

    Great little project. I would suggest to keep your fangs from popping out, gently push the edge of the upper teeth into the flesh of the pumpkin. That way it is secured a little better. Also, don't be afraid to cut small and then make it bigger if need be! Better than having a gaping hole that your teeth don't fit into.

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  • andy agroner 11 Sep, 2013

    Thanks for an awesome creation for the kids, and clear straightforward instruction
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  • syhngrsy 26 Jun, 2013

    Cannot locate the small bat wing template, I am very frustrated. Does anyone have a way to get to it? kanal d yayın akışı

  • vjack163 15 Apr, 2013

    Is that there is any way to make the pumpkin as a zombie face. It will be more creepy than this one. Any ways thanks for the share. bus school games

  • wjack163 15 Apr, 2013

    These are looking very nice Halloween pumpkins. these tips are very wonderful and useful. I want some more tips if you have so please tell me. I am waiting for your reply. Thanks.
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  • andrea_caro 11 Mar, 2012

    This pumpkins are terrific! I think the eyes can be triangular to add more dramatism astro luna.

  • claudio claudiohernandez 15 Feb, 2012

    En chile se pueden conseguir los materiales en festday.cl tienen muy buenos precios

  • mimiywan 30 Oct, 2011

    This looks so great. I did not have red tipped pins so I hot glue gunned plastic rhinestones we had. Also the fangs were 19cents at my iParty so I bought quite a few. Great idea!

  • nocents 20 Oct, 2011

    I had a better idea to save money on buying those fangs. Just make a slit for a mouth and cut the fangs in two and hot glue them to the pumpkin. You'll get twice as many vampire pumpkins that way. Use the tops for one pumpkin and the bottoms for another.

  • GabrielleG 13 Oct, 2011

    You don't need to go out of your way to get "map pins". I just used some of the red ball tipped sewing pins, I had ( from JoAnn's).If you really need the map pins, they have them at Office Max.

  • Shesfallingdown3 3 Oct, 2011

    http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2011Q4/pumpkin-carving-vampire-1011mld.pdf
    Here is the template page, good luck!

  • laneie 2 Oct, 2011

    I cannot get the vampire mouth template to load. Ive been trying for several days now!! Love it and want to do for the kids. HELP!!

  • mtoglia 29 Sep, 2011

    daisy18, here is the wing template: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2011Q4/pumpkin-carving-bat-wing-1011mld.pdf

  • daisy18 23 Sep, 2011

    Cannot locate the small bat wing template, I am very frustrated. Does anyone have a way to get to it?

Fanged Pumpkins

Grouped together on the mantel, Drac-o'-lantern and tiny-winged pals create a Transylvanian scene.

Project

Undead Pumpkins

Creating your own googly-eyed monsters has never been easier. Just don't get too close -- these guys look hungry.

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Materials

  • Zombie Mouths template
  • Miniature saw
  • Small pumpkin (For a petrifying pale complexion, look for a white pumpkin)
  • Plastic eyeballs
  • Thumbtack or pin

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    For the eyes, hold saw at an angle and cut 2 cone-shaped holes into the pumpkin. The diameter of the holes should be slightly smaller than the eyeballs' diameter.

  2. Step 2

    Print mouth template. Lay template on pumpkin, and poke tack through, all along outline, to transfer design. Cut along that outline with saw, and remove excess flesh.

  3. Step 3

    Wedge eyeballs into holes.

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Reviews (10)

  • kaelin9003 9 Oct, 2013

    I just found this pumpkin decorating idea, but the link for the mouth template doesn't work. I will freehand it. I think I'll try to use those creepy plastic eyeballs that float around in some kind of liquid.

  • kathyvs 17 Sep, 2012

    I made these last year, really cute and not too hard to make. The eyes weren't chocolate. I found them at the party store, just like it says in the directions. I did have to add the bloodshot look with red ink.

  • KatKnight 21 Oct, 2011

    Well, I'm PRETTY Sure they are the chocolate/candy ones! Heehee, wasn't so sure after I zoomed in. :)

  • KatKnight 21 Oct, 2011

    @ mrsguirand:
    The eyeballs they are using are the carmel/orange creme/ect. filled chocolate ones you can find in the candy section. I know about these because we get them every year because(to my family) they are thee best tasting Halloween candies! Also because you can see the tin foil wrap. ;)

    Can't wait to try this! :D

  • srsa 20 Oct, 2011

    http://www.fxsupply.com/eyes/eyes.html

  • SVilleDiva 18 Oct, 2011

    No Party City here, so I just used a regular sized pumpkin and got styrofoam eyes in the craft section at Wal-Mart. Not as easy to paint on, but effective! Mine turned out great! http://pinterest.com/pin/345432562/

  • mrsguirand 14 Oct, 2011

    Anyone find large eyeballs like that?

  • SandraC311 11 Oct, 2011

    Can't wait to try this with my 2 nieces this weekend!

  • kathy37166 9 Oct, 2011

    I couln't find the eyeballs where I live so I bought some ping pong balls and painted my own with acrylic paints. I sealed them after painting and they came out great!

  • JebRoberts 6 Oct, 2011

    For additional "zombie pumpkins" I also like to visit www.zombiepumpkins.com each Halloween season.

Zombie Pumpkins

Creating your own googly-eyed monsters has never been easier. Just don't get too close -- these guys look hungry.

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!

  • luberti 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.

Startled Pumpkin Template

With our startled pumpkin face template, it's easy to shock 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!

  • luberti 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.

Ravenous Pumpkin Template

Print our template to make a pumpkin with a treat-filled cavernous mouth.

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)

  • danaddc 20 Oct, 2008

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

  • cbau 19 Oct, 2008

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

  • ajkamantigue 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.

Scarecrow Template

Gather the kids to carve a mini "scare-cob" and his easy-to-make props.

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!

  • janaiguanadeluxe 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...

  • missladylynnette 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.

  • tavorocha 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.

  • tavorocha 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!

  • cbalusek 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

Painted black, these mischievous pumpkins are a twist on 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!

  • luberti 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.

Choirboy Templates

Beware, these singing squashes had the tops of their heads cut off.

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!

  • luberti 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 Template

Slice off a mini pumpkin's stem, carve features, and then confine it in a teapot or candy dish.

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!

  • luberti 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

This frightful bunch of apple gourds are carved to have similar shifty glances and tormented frowns.

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!

  • luberti 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.

Screaming and Sad Face Templates

You may not be able to hear shrieks or cries from these screaming and sad pumpkins, but their faces say it all.

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

Use our template, an awl, and a keyhole saw to create a basket out of a lopsided 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!

  • luberti 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 Templates

Hollow out pumpkins from the bottom and position their features on top so the stems serve as noses.

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 Templates

Embellish your centerpiece pumpkins with marbled-paper leaves made using our templates.

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!"

  • meralis 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 vessel with dry ice for a smoldering display, or use it to serve spooky punch.