Tuesday, October 12th

Carving Pumpkins – DIY Stencils

October 12, 2010

Pumpkin with stem.

Carving pumpkins has always been a great family bonding time for me. When I was little, my parents would take us out to the pumpkin patch. The rule was, if you can carry it then it’s yours. I always got the biggest one I could muster. We’d head for home, start scooping and sketching our masterpieces. My Dad was in charge of The Big Knife and would get the tops cut properly. We’d drink apple cider and enjoy one another’s company.

Now that I am grown and have my own children, I’ve found it important to keep up with this tradition. There is one twist, however. Bradyn and Alyson don’t want “normal” pumpkin carvings. Oh no. Thanks to the Pumpkin Masters and others, the children desire something a little more personalized.

Depending upon their current interests, we’ve had many variations of Jack-o-Lanterns. Yoda, Garfield (with lasagna), ghosts and witches have graced our pathway and deck. This year, Alyson wants a Disney Princess but Bradyn hasn’t decided yet.

Here’s how I went about creating their stencils and how you can too!

  1. Head over to the Google Images website and do a search for your desired image.
  2. Click on the “Line Drawing” to get some basic image sketches.
  3. Google image search.

  4. Choose and download your image.  {Alyson chose an image of Princess Jasmine with a baby Rajah cub.} It really doesn’t matter too much what size it is, as you can always enlarge it later. (Note about copyrights: You shouldn’t need to be concerned about licensing because this image is for non-published, personal use. However, I’m not an attorney. Just use your best judgment.)
  5. Now you can adjust your image in an editing program. The most common change would be to change the size. You want the image to fit on your pumpkin, of course!
  6. Helpful Hint: I suggest either Gimp (a free image editor) or Picnik (an online image editor) to make any changes. You’ll want to check the print size of the image – those are the important numbers in this project.

  7. Once you have your image to the right size, go ahead and print it out!
  8. Trim some of the extra paper away from the image and tape it to your pumpkin.
  9. Use a toothpick or skewer to poke holes around the border of your image. These little holes will guide your carving.
  10. Carve out your image, following the holes and referring to your image as necessary.

Congratulations! You now have a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. I’d love to see what you create!

Carved pumpkins.

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{ 4 comments }

Heather Oct 16

Fab ideas! I bought “stick it to your pumpkin” faces this year. Eyes, ears, mouths etc with sharp pointy parts that you just stick into the pumpkin! Thanks for stopping by Dragonfly Designs! Have a wonderful day!

Julie Oct 16

What a neat idea! It’s like the old school Mr. Potato Head but with pumpkins. ♥ Julie

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY Oct 16

Great photo and it’s always fun to find another DIYer. Love all the great projects.

Lisa, fellow BYWer
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jacqueline Oct 16

Dearest julie, you have such an inspiring space here! Loving this tutorial lots!! Thanks so much for sharing and have a lovely merry happy weekend! Love to yoU!
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