Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Start putting the finishing touches on your costumes because Halloween is right around the corner! Before you know it, neighborhood children dressed as their favorite heroes, ghosts, and ghouls will be knocking at your door declaring “TRICK OR TREAT”. You can’t deny that there is nothing that sets the scene for Halloween better than some well-carved jack-o-lanterns!

Instead of sticking to your normal Halloween pumpkin ideas, why not change it up this year? There are so many different ways to decorate with pumpkins, it’s time to give one of these a shot!

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Work from the bottom
Instead of cutting a hole in the top of your pumpkin, this year try cutting it open from the bottom. Cut out the bottom and remove all the seeds and insides of the pumpkin. Then you can carve it how you normally would. Make sure to use and LED light instead of an open flame candle!

Get Creative
There are hundreds of templates available on the internet. Before you carve the same faces as years past, find something new to try this year. Once you have printed out a template, just trace it with a pencil onto the pumpkin and start cutting!

pumpkin coolerChill out
You don’t have to stick to just jack-o-lanterns this year. You can make a statement at your Halloween party by making your pumpkin into a beverage bowl! Take a larger pumpkin and cut it in half. Remove all the insides and then take a large ziplock bag and line the bottom and sides of the pumpkin. Fill the bag up with ice and beverages, and you are all ready to go!

pumpkin walkwayLight the Way
Line your driveway or walkway with tons of carved and lit pumpkins. This will give your guests and trick or treaters a spooky path to walk on! For a temporary effect, you can use individual glow sticks to light up your pumpkin walkway. For a longer effect, you can utilize electric candles which will flicker just like the real thing!

Try it out
Use cookie cutters to carve your pumpkins! It might seem like it doesn’t work- but it absolutely can! Pick the cutter you want, then carefully and forcefully push the cutter (you can also use a gentle hammer) through the pumpkin. This is a great way to get clean cut designs and patterns!

vampire pumpkinsUse props
Decorate your pumpkins with fun props! Give your scary witch pumpkin a witch’s hat to complete the scene. Cut out a mouth hole from the pumpkin and pop in a set of vampire teeth! The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative! You can pick up a variety of inexpensive Halloween props to try out at your local dollar store or check the dollar bins at Target!

two facedGet crafty
Give everyone a surprise with a two-faced pumpkin! Start by cutting a face into the back of the pumpkin. Then cut a face or design into the front of the pumpkin. Once you put the light on the inside of the pumpkin, turn the face of the pumpkin towards a wall. When your guests walk by they will see the front of the pumpkin and the face will reflect onto the wall behind it!

black pumpkinsMake it a little scary
Before you carve your pumpkins, paint them black. That way when they are all lit up, the black will fade into the night and make your carving come alive! For added effect use colored glow sticks to light up the inside of your pumpkins. A ghoulish green or riveting red will make your designs stick out that much more.

etched pumpkinsEtch
Instead of carving through your pumpkin this year, why not try etching? Etching will allow you to add more detail to your designs and make great interior decorative pumpkins. Plus when you etch a pumpkin you save yourself the mess of having to empty out all of the guts!

etched lettersPersonalize
Etch the first initial of every member of your family on their own pumpkin or even a monogram! Your kids will be very excited to have their very own pumpkin! Or instead of using initials you can spell out a spooky message with your pumpkins. This is especially great for long driveways and pathways.

pumpkin flowerpotFlower Power
Do something different with your leftover pumpkins this year. Cut the top and bottom off of the pumpkin and take out all the insides. Slide potted flowers into the hole and you are all finished! Now you have a great festive flower pot!

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Pumpkin photos via Martha Stewart

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