These free pumpkin carving patterns, templates, and stencils will allow you to create a unique jack o' lantern that will put your neighbors and trick-or-treaters in awe. They're also extremely easy to use, so you can create something awesome even if you're a beginner.
You won't believe the variety of pumpkin carving ideas you'll see below. There are silly, scary, funny, and angry jack 'o lantern faces and other designs of just about anything you can imagine, from celebrities to your favorite Halloween image.
The pumpkin carving stencils are very easy to use, You simply print out the pattern of your choice, use a marker or pencil to transfer it, and then carve your pumpkin with your own kitchen knives. Nothing fancy required here! If you're looking for some really simple ideas, check out these easy pumpkin carving ideas.
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Pumpkin Pile has hundreds of free pumpkin stencils sorted into traditional, classic jacks, cartoons, movies, superheroes, sports, video games, words, celebrities, vehicles, animals, and symbols categories.
Each free pumpkin stencil includes a difficulty rating from 1 to 5, as well as tips that are specific to each template.
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The Pumpkin Lady has a great collection of hundreds of free pumpkin carving patterns. They're free for everyone but you can like them on Facebook to get even more free patterns.
These free pumpkin carving patterns are downloaded as PDF files and then printed. Included are instructions on how to carve the design.
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A spooky collection of scary pumpkin carving patterns awaits you at Dot Com Women. Choose from scary scenes that feature graveyards, haunted houses, spiders, crows, owls, and witches to adorn your pumpkin this year.
Along with the pumpkin carving pattern, you'll also get some instructions on how to carve each project. Most of them are printed as an image file that you can then overlay on the pumpkin for a guideline.
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If you're a fan of camping, and a fan of KOA's in particular, you're going to love these pumpkin carving templates from KOA. They feature RV's, KOA logos, and other more general camping scenes. They're truly unique and a fun change from the usual bats and witches.
All of these free pumpkin carving templates are downloaded on separate pages in one PDF file.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has a very nice group of pumpkin carving stencils that feature animals. You'll need to register with your email before downloading the files.
The pumpkin carving templates here are separated by skill level. You'll find African landscapes, butterflies, dolphins, gorillas, WWF logos, coral, polar bears, rhinos, tigers, and turtles all turned into stencils for you to carve into your pumpkin this Halloween.
When printed, carve out the black areas to imprint the design on the pumpkin.
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Martha Stewart has a nice collection of almost 50 free pumpkin carving patterns and templates. Use the arrows to scroll through the patterns until you find one you'd like to use, and then click on the link.
The pumpkin carving patterns here are in PDF files, so you'll need a program like Adobe Reader in order to open and print the pattern.
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SpookMaster mostly has pumpkin carving patterns you have to pay for but they also have six free pumpkin carving patterns.
The pumpkin stencils at SpookMaster are available as PDF files. When you open one of the stencils the difficulty level will be listed in the top right corner.
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Better Homes and Gardens has an impressive group of Halloween pumpkin carving stencils. Besides pumpkin carving stencils, they have a lot of tips on how to carve a pumpkin and how to decorate with pumpkins.
You'll love the detailed instructions and pictures that go with the free pumpkin carving patterns here at Better Homes and Gardens.
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There are hundreds of pumpkin carving patterns at Zombie Pumpkins but unfortunately, most of them are going to cost you. They do have a few free pumpkin carving patterns for you to try.
You can choose between a Young Jason Voorhees, Minecraft, Mr. Spock, Baby's 1st, and zombie pumpkin pattern.
Click on the pumpkin carving template you'd like to print and then click the printer icon to print out your stencil.
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HGTV has dozens of free pumpkin carving patterns that are great for the beginner carver.
Just because these pumpkin carving patterns are for the beginner does not mean that they are boring. You'll find templates for haunted houses, owls, bats, tombstones, spiders, flowers, cats, faces, and more.
After transferring the pattern to the pumpkin, you'll want to carve out the grey areas.
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DLTK has a nice collection of free pumpkin carving patterns that include bats, banshees, cats, ghosts, haunted houses, owls, pirates, gravestones, scary faces, skulls, spiders, and spooky phrases to name a few.
The instructions at the top of the page for using the patterns is a really helpful addition—most sites that have free pumpkin carving patterns don't offer that.
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Stoneykins has 100's pumpkin carving patterns that are completely free, but they also have premium patterns that you'll have to pay for. You'll find off-the-wall images like fish, logos, cartoon characters, TV icons, and much, much more here.
You'll need to click on the pumpkin carving pattern you want to use to download the stencil.
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There are several free pumpkin carving patterns here that will help you create a Disney character pumpkin masterpiece. Disney Family has an assortment of templates separated into categories like Muppets, Olaf from Frozen, and Snow White.
You'll be able to choose from pumpkin stencils that will help you carve Winnie the Pooh, Minnie Mouse, Snow White, Tigger, and Goofy, among others.
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There are over 100 free pumpkin carving patterns at Celebrating Halloween!
The pumpkin carving stencils and templates here include images of bats, cats, ghosts, spiders, skeletons, angry birds, transformers, Disney characters, and more.
Each pattern should have its own set of cutting rules, but most of them seem to be grey and white images where you're supposed to carve out the grey areas to carve the pattern into the pumpkin.
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Free Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils
Browse your way through this slideshow of free printable pumpkin carving stencils at Reader's Digest.
If you find a pumpkin stencil you'd like to download, click on the download link below the pattern. You'll need a PDF reader to see these stencils.
With these patterns, just cut out any area that's black.