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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