9 Jack-o-Lantern Carving Tutorials That YOU Can Do!

Jack-o-lantern carving tutorials

Jack-o-lantern carving tutorials

Jack-o-lantern carving is an activity that we do only once a year, and therefore, it’s quite okay if we’re not experts.

Unfortunately, this means that some of the most epic Jack-o-lantern carving designs are out of our league–we’re not going to be carving any Jack-o-lantern Death Stars over here, or Jack-o-lantern angler fish (they exist!).

That’s why I’ve sorted through the millions of designs online, and come up with this list of reasonable, do-able, and yet absolutely awesome Jack-o-lantern carving tutorials. You should not have to break your heart trying to carve a gorgeous pumpkin this year!

1. brad and yarn pumpkinThis pumpkin isn’t scary, but it looks great, and all you have to be able to do is hammer a nail! You can create any simple design using this same technique.

2. carrot noseDo it. It’s hilarious.

3. drill-carved pumpkinIf you can drill a hole, then you can carve a pumpkin.

4. leaf pumpkinKids will enjoy tracing their favorite fall leaves onto a pumpkin; carving it is as easy as carving out any other stencil.

Jack-o-lantern carving tutorial5. pumpkin poundingIf you’ve got little ones, don’t even bother with the “helping them carve a pumpkin” nonsense. Just give them a hammer and nails and let them go to town!

6. skull Jack-o-lanternThis one’s even easier to carve than a conventional Jack-o-lantern; just start with a ghost pumpkin.

7. snail Jack-o-lanternThis snail is the perfect Jack-o-lantern to set at the edge of your fall garden.

8. stitched Jack-o-lanternGrab some yarn, because this method is a great way to add a stitched design to your pumpkin. Make your Jack-o-lantern look REALLY gruesome, or just turn it into a baseball!

9. toothpick teethSticking in toothpicks is way easier than carving intricate teeth, and it looks way scarier, too!

And when all else fails, simply “forget” to carve your pumpkin, and then bake pumpkin bread instead!

[Jack-o-lantern image via Shutterstock]

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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