What is more fun than carving pumpkins? Glad you asked! Carving pumpkins that are so cool, the neighbors stop by to ask you how you did it! Some of these are cool. Some are amazing. Some are cute. And some you just need a sense of humor for! (Those are my favorites!) Try these pumpkin carving projects you never thought of, and get a little squash silly, and have a little pumpkin play!

This DIY black & white Halloween topiary from Jen at ‘Tater Tots and Jello’ adds a little drama to any front porch! She used pre lighted craft pumpkins and a wood dowel. Pretty simple, right? BTW, make sure to visit her house tour at the top of her page!




Ok, ‘Everyday Dishes’ has a more “grown up” version of a pumpkin project… Loving’ this DIY pumpkin ice bucket! How great would this be for a dinner with friends, and easy!



Have mason jars taken over your Pinterest feed? Well, prepare yourself for one you haven’t seen before, and it has nothing to do with chalkboard paint. This “Boo!” jar pumpkin project from ‘Country Living’ is clever. And, they have a free printable pattern!



More from ‘Country Living’, these spooky skeleton pumpkins have a tutorial complete with the template you need for drawing out the bones… And the instructions for attaching them together.



Oh, my, cuteness. This DIY snail Jack O’Lantern from Brenda at ‘Alpha Mom’ should be the fav pumpkin of every 8 year old on the planet. So cute, so easy, so original!

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From ‘Womans Day’, no, these aren’t pumpkins. We got that. But come on, could we leave this amount of cute out of this post? Nope. So here it is, the tutorial for the frog choir!



Frogs and snails not your thing? How about this friendly elephant pumpkin from ‘Womans Day’? This just needs two pumpkins, and four minis…



From ‘Popsugar‘, an Instagram user posted this photo of a pumpkin tower, and each one has a different facial expression. Easy way to add some interest to a grouping!



Star Wars fan in the fam? This Death Star pumpkin by ‘Fantasy Pumpkins’ is one of those projects I can see a hubby or two spending some time on. Good instructions and step by step photos.



Another one from Brenda at ‘Alpha Mom’, these Minecraft creeper green pumpkins are a gamer kid’s dream for Halloween! Good tutorial.



Ok, this one is cool. ‘Erratic Project Junkie’ made this pumpkin massacre that is just fun! Ok, Halloween creepy fun, but fun! Great photos of the whole “killing field”.

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Ok, so about now, you’ve got a lot of DIY tutorials under your belt, how about we hook you up with some free pattern and template resources?

So ‘Pumpkin Lady’ has hundreds of free pumpkin carving patterns for you, and tips on how to carve. Like 700. How do you choose???

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Got technology? Who doesn’t, right?  ‘Popsugar’ has these free Emoji pumpkin templates for those of us so inclined… Smiley face with a wink and a blush?



Ok, now just a couple that we thought were really cool ideas. These are inspirational, no tutorials, but hopefully get your creative brain popping’!

From ‘Style Me Pretty‘ and ‘Raylene Streuber Photography’, these white carved pumpkins are elegant and much less dramatic, but can be used for more than just Halloween!



This cake pumpkin from ‘Deviant Art‘ might be perfect for the chef in the house!

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Lastly, we have this Mario Bros. pumpkin from ‘Flickr‘, which just goes to show you how much personality you can show off in a Jack O’Lantern!



Image Credits: Tater Tots and Jello, Everyday Dishes, Country Living, Womans Day, Popsugar, Fantasy Pumpkins, Alpha Mom, Erratic Project Junkie, Pumpkin Lady, Popsugar, Style Me Pretty, Deviant Art, Flickr



  1. Sockmonkey's Kitchen September 15, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I think I’ve clicked back to this blog post at least 5 times since you posted it. I LOVE it! I’ve shown all of those wonderful photos to others as well. Thanks for posting exactly what I needed to spark my creative pumpkin carving efforts =0)

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Thanks so much, glad to have you here!


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