25 Clever Pumpkin Carving Ideas – Creative and adorable pumpkin carving ideas that will bring the whole family together for this favorite fall activity!
Where summer always seems to have us running in a million directions, I love that fall pulls the family in close again. The coziness and the nesting when the cool weather comes is my favorite, and there are so many fun things to do with the kids this time of year!
Pumpkin carving is a fan favorite in our house, but after a while, just doing the typical jack-o-lantern face year after year gets a little played out. I’m always on the hunt for new and clever pumpkin carving ideas that the kids can do on their pumpkins. My search this year did not disappoint! There are a ton of unique pumpkin carving ideas out there for all levels – simple basic designs for the littles, and more advanced templated for the bigger kids who want to be challenged a bit! Pumpkin carving is such a fun activity for the family that doesn’t require a lot of extra materials, which makes it fun for me, too!
I’ve separated them into 5 separate categories: easy pumpkin carving ideas, funny pumpkin carving ideas, unique pumpkin carving ideas, pumpkin carving ideas for kids, and pumpkin carving stencils. So take a look below at my top 25 picks for pumpkin carving and enjoy! :)
Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas
These easy pumpkin carving ideas are simple and absolutely adorable! The designs are so fun and suitable for the whole family. You can’t go wrong with any of these easy pumpkin carving ideas!
Scaredy Cat from Parents
Cat and Mouse from Better Homes and Gardens
Peek a Boo Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens
Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Lantern from C. Jane Create
Harry Potter Pumpkin from House of Paint via DIY Worthy
Funny Pumpkin Carving Ideas
I absolutely love these funny pumpkin carving ideas. They are playful, interesting and unique. Family and friends will definitely get a kick out of these funny pumpkin carving ideas!
Frog Choir from Woman’s Day
Monster Pumpkins from Better Homes and Gardens
Melon Ball Pumpkin Carving from Woman’s Day
Head of Hair Pumpkins from Good Housekeeping
Scaredy Pumpkin and Spider from Lowe’s
Unique Pumpkin Carving Ideas
These unique pumpkin carving ideas are definitely not your classic jack-o-lantern design! They are so creative and will absolutely help your pumpkin stand out!
Pumpkin Puppy from Parents
Space Carving Idea from Woman’s Day
Tinkerbell and Pixie Dust from Make:
Car and Camper Pumpkins from Better Homes and Gardens
House Pumpkin from Finding Home Farms
Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Kids
I’m always on the hunt for fun pumpkin carving ideas for kids. The ideas below are perfect for your littles and have them so excited to start pumkin carving!
Hoot Owl from Parents
Minnie Mouse from Theme Park Insider
Lollipop Carving Idea from Woman’s Day
Black Cat and Bat from Better Homes and Gardens
Candy Pumpkin from Martha Stewart
Pumpkin Carving Stencils
These pumpkin carving stencils help make life a little easier! They are super convenient and the patterns are so fun. We love to print out a couple of pumpkin carving stencils to have on hand every year.
Leaf Lantern Stencils from Good Housekeeping
Carved Pumpkin Village from Better Homes and Gardens
Pumpkins on Fire from Country Living
Cupcake Jack O Lantern from Lindsay Ann Bakes
Paw Print Stencil from Better Homes and Gardens
How fun are these pumpkin carving ideas?!? I love the diversity and that there’s something for everyone! Let me know what some of your favorites are – I’d love to hear!
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