31 Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils to Take Your Jack-o’-Lantern to the Next Level
There's nothing like a light-filled jack-o'-lantern to put that finishing touch on your homemade Halloween decorations, and it’s much easier to create memorable designs when you start with a template.
Want to make a serious style statement? This contemporary pumpkin carving stencil from Remodelando la Casa will earn you the envy of your neighbours!
Ghosts may be scary, but pumpkin carving stencils don’t have to be! This calligraphy stencil from Style Me Pretty Living lends your Jack-o’-Lantern a touch of elegance.
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Halloween is all about tricks and treats—with an emphasis on treats. This adorable pumpkin carving pattern (plus a full instructional video) from Lindsay Ann Bakes will add a sweet touch to any porch.
Here’s a pumpkin carving stencil your neighbours will LOL over: a friendly winking-face emoji! And best of all? This text-worthy pumpkin pattern is simple enough for beginners to carve.
Goofy, sure, but this wacky pumpkin face is simple enough for kids to help you carve.
The cat’s meow
This purr-fectly cute pumpkin carving stencil is one you can tackle in no time at all. Tip: You can skip the whiskers if your knife skills aren’t up to scratch.
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Casper the Friendly Ghost
Although this spooked spectre looks simple, the curving lines can be a challenge for the small set. This Jack-o’-Lantern is best left to the grown-ups!
You and Van Gogh: This stencil offers a cool, twinkly evening scene that’s different than the usual Jack-o’-Lantern. Feel free to mix up where the stars go, based on where your pumpkin’s flattest (easiest to carve). Tip: Break out the power drill to make quick work of all of those constellations!
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This reverse-silhouette of a frightened feline looks impressive—and requires an impressive talent with carving tools, to boot. You’ll need a steady hand and a fine knife to make sure that the cat’s feet and tail don’t separate from the base. (Tip: If you slip, you can always reattach the severed pumpkin pieces with toothpicks!)
Rest in pieces
You won’t be able to achieve the “RIP” lettering, but the silhouette of the tombstone is more than enoguh to conjure up this ghoulish graveyard vignette.
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Spooked by the creepy costumes of those trick-or-treaters? This template from Style Me Pretty Living takes the word right out of your mouth!
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Watch for the eyes and teeth when you’re carving out this pumpkin template: The squares and circles are tricky if your knife is larger. Switch to a smaller blade for the detail work if needed.
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With its fine, curving lines, this pumpkin carving stencil is best tackled by a grown-up with a steady hand. Use a sharp, thin knife blade to trim away all the curls.
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A well-groomed gourd
Arched eyebrows put a quirky twist on a traditional Jack-o’-Lantern design. Start with the eyebrows first, then work your way down.
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If you’re a little rusty in your pumpkin carving skills, try cutting out the entire triangle for eyes and half-circle for the mouth; you can always add cubed teeth later, and spear them in place with toothpicks. How’s that for a Halloween hack?
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Calling all witches
Conjuring up this wicked Jack-o’-Lantern is a job best done in stages. Start slowly by lightly tracing the outline of the witch with your knife; then go around again and cut deeper into the pumpkin.
This silly, almost human house will cast creepy shadows on the wall. If you’re unsure of your pumpkin carving skills, you can skip the extra cuts for the roof and simplify the entire template.
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If you suffer from arachnophobia, this pumpkin carving stencil is best avoided! Trace the outline of the spider’s body with your knife, then use a thinner, sharp knife to etch out all eight legs.
Depending on the size of your pumpkin, you can repeat this trio of bats several times over. Encircle the entire pumpkin to create a luminaria effect when lit!
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No bones about it
Watch for the tiny pieces between the skull top and bottom and the bridge of the nose—you’ll want to use a smaller paring knife and carve the pumpkin carefully in those connecting spaces.
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What a treat! A pumpkin carving template that’s sure to please any kid; just watch for the spacing between scoops, which can be hard for beginners to get right.
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Not all pumpkin carving stencils are set in stone. Once you get the base down, you can go free-form with the branches, letting the surface of your pumpkin be your guide.
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This creepy bird pattern can also be replicated multiple times around the pumpkin, making for a very spooky decoration à la Hitchcock’s The Birds. (It’s incredibly eerie when lit!)
All the candy
Trick or treat! Whether you love or loathe candy corn, there’s no denying it’s one of the most iconic symbols of Halloween.
Do we have to spell it out for you? This pumpkin carving template makes for one silly Jack-o’-Lantern.
A little nutty
Fall is in the air with this festive pumpkin template, which is easy to knock out in minutes.
My lips are sealed
As far as pumpkin carving stencils go, this one is probably the simplest. Although the overall effect is impressive, all it takes is a few simple, straight cuts to your pumpkin.
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