Create Your Own Stencil for Pumpkin Carving With These 5 Easy Steps

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What to do after carving a pumpkin?

Now you’ve carved your pumpkin, you have started the countdown for the lifespan of your vegetable. It’s time to do what we can to slow down the decaying process.

Bath time

If you’ve carved your pumpkin in advance, use this time to give your pumpkin a well-deserved bath. Add a gallon of cold water to your bath with 2 teaspoons of bleach and soak your pumpkin overnight. The water will rehydrate your pumpkin and the bleach will slow the decaying process. The bleach will also keep wild animals at bay if they fancy a nibble of your Jack O’Lantern.

Completely dry your pumpkin and move on to the next step!

Use petroleum jelly on the cut edges

Apply petroleum jelly to all of the carved and exposed areas of your pumpkin. This will stop your pumpkin from shriveling up.

Daily water

Give your pumpkin a spritz of water every day to keep it freshened up. If you find your pumpkin needs a little extra help then give it an overnight bath again.

Keep it cool

When your pumpkin isn’t in use, try to keep it in the fridge. This might be hard because pumpkins aren’t exactly small but it will help preserve your pumpkin. You can also try to keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and rain.

Step 5: Starting With Black

I start to go over the dark and black lines with the Paint. Use the bendy lines, the straight lines, the pens, whatever works best for you. Its going to look awful to start with and you are going to be second guessing yourself. You need to understand that everything you make or leave black is going to be left alone on your pumpkin. you are going to need to determine if there are places where black is floating in white (like Sally’s eyes). If there are places like that, where the black is floating, you are going to have to make some additional connections, because you cannot leave uncut pumpkin inside of cut out pumpkin areas, it just doesn’t work.

Step 7: Add the White

It’s time to decide where you are going to be cutting out the full amount of pumpkin. I knew that I could not make her eyes completely white, as the eyeballs would not have any place to attach, so I left some of the areas grey. Its time to decide how much or how little you want to be cut all the way through. With the picture being grayscale, you should be able to add some white, add a little more, etc. Note that the stitches next to Sally’s mouth are not done with the black lines here. I originally was going to leave them gray, but as I worked the white in on the right side of her face, I realized the left side would be totally gray, so the stitches could not be gray…

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns, Stencils, and Templates

Celebrating Halloween

There are over 100 free pumpkin carving patterns at Celebrating Halloween!

The pumpkin carving stencils and templates here include images of bats, cats, ghosts, spiders, skeletons, angry birds, transformers, Disney characters, and more.

Each pattern should have its own set of cutting rules, but most of them seem to be grey and white images where you're supposed to carve out the grey areas to carve the pattern into the pumpkin.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns, Stencils, and Templates from Celebrating Halloween

More printables from World of Printables

We’ve got loads more Halloween printables for you to enjoy. See our popular Halloween I Spy Game which kids love, and our huge selection of Halloween Coloring Pages that will keep your kids happy for hours.

Be sure to grab as many printables as you can while you’re here and print them off whenever you need activities for your kids.

We also have a huge range of printables for adults too here on World of Printables. You’ll find printables and templates to help you plan and organize all aspects of your life.

Military Themed Pumpkin Stencils

Veterans United Network

The Veterans United Network has a set of eight free pumpkin stencils that are all military-themed.

You'll find free pumpkin carving patterns here for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more.

Military Themed Pumpkin Stencils from Veterans United Network

General tips on pumpkin carving

Tip #1: When you’re choosing your pumpkin, opt for one with a smoother outside rather than one with deep ridges because this will make stenciling and carving much easier.

Tip #2: If you’re having a hard time taping the pattern to your design, you can use scissors to make several cuts in the paper to make the paper fit on a more rounded surface.

Tip #3: Remember to poke holes about .5 centimeters apart. If you poke holes too close together, it will take you forever but generally, it’s better that they’re closer together than further apart because you’ll have more clear dotted lines to follow. Make sure you also simply pierce the pumpkin skin, not all the way through the carcass.

Tip #4: Safety first! If you don’t have special carving tools, it’s advised to not use kitchen knives, however, if you have a small one that doesn’t look menacing, simply remember to keep your non-carving hand away from the blade.

Tip #5: If you want to try out the advanced pumpkin designs, you can create really intricate designs by carving the patterns at an angle. This creates a gradient glow when there is a candle inside.

Tip #6: Pumpkins can be extremely fragile, especially if you’re working on a very intricate pattern. Watch your hands and how you apply pressure to the carcass of the pumpkin. You don’t want to accidentally destroy a part of your design.

Tip #7: We don’t know your pumpkin like you do. If for some reason you can’t clearly see the holes you’ve poked with your push pin, or can’t follow your own pattern, rub some flour on the dotted areas so that the holes and the general outline is more visible.

This year, we’ve created 15 more Halloween templates for pumpkins

Have you already been carving pumpkins for Halloween for many years? If you are a pro in this business, here’s a list of new designs that are more complex and interesting to experiment with.

Download free templates

When you’re ready to share your pumpkin designs:

You can carve your pumpkins using our free pumpkin carving stencils and DM us your creations on Instagram @depositphotos. If we have enough creative participants this Halloween, we’ll do a feature article on all the pumpkins you guys have created. Now, what are you waiting for? Download all our patterns and get ready for Halloween with us!

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