Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 24}: Where to Find Over 60 Pumpkin Carving Patterns

I can't believe it's only about a week until Halloween! Are you all ready for it?

If you haven't already, now is about the perfect time to be carving those pumpkins. A carved pumpkin usually only last 7-14 days, so get to it! Josh and I plan to find the time either tonight or tomorrow.

Last year's pumpkins: Josh's is on the left. Mine is on the right. (Obviously)

Many people like to free-hand (or rather free-carve) their jack-o-lanterns, which is awesome. Josh and I, however, usually like to carve designs that are a little more complex than just a face, so we usually spend some time either designing our own on paper or looking online.

Many sites these days, charge a membership fee in order to print out the templates, so here are the best free online resources that I have found for pumpkin patterns.

Martha Stewart has 45 free printable patterns. You can find a little bit of everything -- from simple jack-o-lantern faces to spooky sayings to beautiful textured pumpkins. If any of you are brave and try the faux bois pumpkin, let me know how it goes. I think it's gorgeous, but it looks complex enough for me to be too scared to try it.

Martha Stewart's Faux Bois Pumpkin

Reader Digest has 12 sweet and simple patterns. These would be perfect for the kids to make.

Pumpkin Masters do offer a few free patterns to download and print. I'm considering using their "Good Bite Moon" for my pumpkin this year.

Good Bite Moon from Pumpkin Masters

Do you all carve pumpkins each year?

If you have a picture of a pumpkin you've carved, feel free to share it with me on my Facebook page. I'd love to see what you all have done!

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