Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Carving - Stencil Style

When I was younger, we have to carve pumpkins using only our imaginations. If we were smart, we used a pencil to draw the face we wanted to carve on the pumpkin. Those days are over.

For less than $5 I picked up a Sesame Street carving kit at Target. I am sure you could find free stencils on the internet, but I like to have the special tools. Here are the steps we followed:
1) Pick your stencil and tape it to the pumpkin. I always cut the paper to help round it to the pumpkin.
2) Transfer the outline of the stencil onto the pumpkin. I like to use a "poker" tool to do this. I actually think this is the hardest part because it is so tedious.
3) Remove paper and start carving.
4) Touch up any areas you may have made errors.

I think each pumpkin took 45 minutes to an hour total. Not bad at all in my opinion. And I think these look so cool all lit up. I used two tea lights in each one. I used a different camera than before to take the last picture and I think it turned out great.

And you may wonder why my husband is in every picture and not me. Well, it is because he is a good sport and does not mind posing for my pictures at all. I actually think he likes it.


  1. Wow, those turned out great Jennifer!

  2. OMG...I love these. Too cute!!

    Okay...blonde moment...I always wondered how people got such cute pumpkins and mine were ugly! Now I know out next Halloween~we are going to kick ass!!!

    Thanks Jen!! :D

  3. I may need stenciling for carving as B wants me to do a pumpkin. I am going to have to go shopping.

    jlynn - that is hilarious!

  4. J'lynn, I am cracking up! You are going to have awesome pumpkins from now on!!!