Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means—all the Fun Size candy you can eat! Oh, and it’s also time to showcase your creativity, sculpting that orange-colored squash into a work of art. Not feeling creative? No problem. Here are some easy DIY pumpkin carving ideas that range from sweet to spooktacular to sophisticated.
Sometimes less is more. Forget free-handing a complex design and choose one of these simple stencils instead. You can’t go wrong with the scar-faced Trick ‘r Treat Sam or the Evil Smile. Novice carvers will also appreciate these free templates from HGTV. If you consider yourself a pro, check out their advanced designs.
Stack ‘em Up
A single jack-o-lantern adds some Halloween flair to your front door without a lot of fuss. But stacking multiple pumpkins ups the fun factor even more. Set the mood by piling three pumpkins (faux or real) on each side of your entryway, and carving an eerie, raven-topped tree on one and a crescent moon on the other. Set your DIY topiary aglow with a strand of clear Christmas lights and eliminate the fire hazard that traditional jack-o-lanterns pose.
For something a bit more whimsical, check out this Olaf topiary template. To make your flurry friend more realistic, use albino pumpkins or transform a traditional orange pumpkin with white spray paint.
Skip the Carving
No matter how you slice it, carving the perfect Halloween pumpkin requires a lot of time and effort. If the thought of scooping out the seeds and pulp sends shivers down your spine, try one of these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas instead. Your friends and neighbors will love them—and so will your manicurist!