Free pumpkin carving templates can help make your Halloween pumpkin look like a work of art. Whether you are looking for a happy pumpkin, a sad pumpkin, a scary pumpkin or a fun pumpkin, a template can help you get all of the facial features in just the right place. Your jack-o-lantern will be photo ready, or ready for the neighborhood Halloween pumpkin carving contest once you find the right pumpkin carving templates to download.
Using a Template
When using a pumpkin carving template, carving your pumpkin will be more time consuming than just taking a knife and making some triangle eyes and squiggly teeth. You will have to take time to affix your template to your pumpkin properly and time to make sure you have the pattern on the pumpkin before you begin cutting.
There are a number of ways to actually use the template after you have affixed it to the pumpkin. The quickest way is to just cut along the outline of where your cuts need to go as shown on the template. The most precise way is to use a push pin or nail to poke holes in the pumpkin along the template and then use chalk to outline the wholes and cut along them.
The precise way in which you use your template will depend on how much time you want to put into pumpkin carving. For a child, if perfection is not important, it may be more fun to just let your child use the template as a guide to cut out their pumpkin face rather than aiming for precision. If you are entering your pumpkin in a contest on the other hand, you’ll have to be exact.
Free Pumpkin Carving Templates Online
There are plenty of different websites for free pumpkin carving templates. You can also find inexpensive pumpkin carving kits and templates in your local party store, discount store or even dollar store. If the online templates don’t work for you, consider a visit to your local shops to get the perfect template for your pumpkin… first though, check out these online sites to see if you can find your ideal template for free.
DLTK offers a wide selection of pumpkin carving templates including an alien pattern template, a banshee pattern template, a bat pattern template, a Blues Clues pattern template, a “Boo” pattern template, and countless others.
The website features pictures of what the final product will look like, as well as the downloadable templates for you to print. To access the templates, you must have java script enabled on your website. The templates open up right in a new browser window so you don’t need any special software on your computer to open them, and you can print them right from the browser window.
DLTK also offers a handy guide to using pumpkin carving templates and to carving pumpkins in general, and makes suggestions such as cleaning out the pumpkin seeds first (a must for any jack-o-lantern) and dipping the paper in water or vegetable oil to help it lay smoothly across your pumpkin during the carving process.
There are plenty of other sites as well that you can find with a quick Google search For example:
- Zombie Pumpkins.com has a wide selection of downloadable zombie and monster patterns for your pumpkin. Choose from unique patterns, movie monsters, heroic headliners and several other categories
- Disney’s Family Fun Site also offers different jack-o-lantern ideas and patterns including a ghoulish ghost and a cute cat, among others
- Stoneykins offers 100 free pumpkin carving patterns, as well as additional patterns and designs targeted towards members online.
With a little bit of time and effort, you can find the perfect pattern for your pumpkin and make your front porch into a Halloween masterpiece sure to delight even the most discriminating jack-o-lantern expert.