5 Creative Ways to Carve a Pumpkin

5 Creative Ways to Carve a Pumpkin

Halloween is almost here, and you may have already picked your pumpkin from your local pumpkin patch, but if you're not sure how you're going to carve it yet we have some brilliantly spooky ideas to help you.

From cute cats to beautiful polka dot designs and a twist on a classic Jack-O-Lantern, we've put together our top 5 creative ways to carve a pumpkin this half term.

pumpkin carving owls

1) Owl Pumpkin

To make these super cute owl pumpkins, cut a hole in the bottom of three pumpkins, and scoop out pulp and seeds. Download, print, and cut out the mama owl, baby owl, and papa owl templates. Tape each template onto your pumpkins then use a skewer to trace the designs, ready for carving. Use almonds or brazil nuts for the ears and feet, attaching them with hot glue.

pumpkin carving polka dot

2) Polka Dot Pumpkin

This beautiful polka-dot pumpkin is really eyecatching and relatively easy to achieve. Draw your pattern onto the pumpkin, leaving enough space between the dots so that the holes won't overlap. Punch out the holes with a power drill and various bits. Pop some battery operated string lights inside for a really lovely glow.

pumpkin carving cat

3) Cat Pumpkin

We love this cute cat pumpkin idea from BBC Good Food. Draw your cat design onto your pumpkin and carve (making sure that your cat has chunky whiskers and big expressive eyes), then cut out triangular orange peel ears, scrape the flesh from the underside of the peel, and use halved cocktail sticks to secure onto the top of your pumpkin.

pumpkin carving celestial

4) Celestial Pumpkin

This adorable celestial pumpkin is a really fun twist on a traditional jack-o-lantern, that little ones can help to create. Simply cut off your lid, scoop out the seeds and pulp, then draw your mouth and nose onto the pumpkin. For the eyes, take moon and star shaped cookie cutters and help your little ones press them into the pumpkin, creating a guide for you to carve with your pumpkin knife. This is a really simple and cute design that little ones will love.

pumpkin carving beanbag toss

5) Bean Bag Toss Pumpkin

What could be better than a pumpkin carving idea which doubles up as a fun game to entertain children on Halloween? This Bean Bag Toss Pumpkin is really simple to achieve and will provide hours of fun. Cut a large hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, scoop out the pulp and seeds, then trace our face template on the pumpkin, scaling up or down as necessary, ready for carving.
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