Yep, it’s halloween very soon so I thought i’d just throw a few simple pumpkin templates together to give away. I love The Shining and Jack Nicolson’s character is one of the best in horror (in my opinion), so why not put him on a Halloween Jack’O'Lantern!
I tried to keep these simple but they have a few fiddly bits, a good pumpkin carver (it’s insane how good people are these days) could do these in their sleep but for beginner to intermediate these templates should work pretty well.
How to Use Pumpkin These Templates…
I know you have probably carved many pumpkins but here are some basic guidelines to using these templates.
- Click on each image and they should open up full size, then right click and save as to save the image to your HD.
- Then print the template to the height you require (measure from the pumpkin).
- Tape the template to your hollowed pumpkin.
- With a small drill bit or sharp knife punch dots or slits all along the template edges and map out the image on the pumpkin. An alternative is to cut the white parts out from the template with a craft knife, then lay over the pumpkin and use a pen to draw the design onto the pumpkin.
- Use a small serrated knife or a small peeling knife (whatever works best for you) to carefully saw / carve the design into the pumpkin.
I hate seeing pumpkin go to waste to keeping the seeds and any flesh for use as food is a must. Also if the pumpkin is for indoor use and you carve it on Halloween there is no reason why it can’t be used as food the next day. They make great soups or a perfect excuse to make a pumpkin pie. The seeds can be dried on paper towel and then tossed in oil, salt and herbs and roasted lightly in a pan or in the oven, yum!
I would love to see any pictures if you attempt to use these templates or if you carve any other pumpkins for that matter.
Happy Halloween and good luck with your pumpkins.