The 10 Best Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Confession time: There is such a thing as being too obsessed with fall, and I'm definitely it. My whole apartment was decked out in leaves and gourds mid-August, so I'm beyond ready to start carving for Halloween. Needless to say, the best pumpkin carving stencils have been in my Amazon cart for weeks. Yeah, you could do it freehand, but there are few things as satisfying as pulling into your driveway on a crisp fall evening, seeing your design glowing on the porch, and saying to yourself, "Damn, that looks like I hired a guy."

Printable pumpkin designs are an option, too, but even in elementary school, cutting was my least favorite part of craft-time. Now that I'm adult with a job, nobody's got time for that. The best part about buying your stencils online: most of them come already cut out. Just tape the stencil to your pumpkin, trace the lines, and start carving. It couldn't be easier — and since these stencils come in a ton of designs, your pumpkin can be as scary, funny, intricate, or simple as you like. Even better? Some of these sets have all the tools and instructions you'll need to carve your pumpkin beginning to end.

1. A Kit With Five Tools & 12 Stencils For A Unique Design


Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit, $7, Amazon

With two saws, a scraper, a drill, a pounce wheel, and 12 scary patterns, the Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit has people raving: "Great designs and tools... They last for years and the designs can be used over and over."

2. A Stencil Book That Lets You Carve Your Dog Into A Pumpkin


It's a Rescue Dog Life Pumpkin Carving Stencils, $8, Amazon

If you're an extreme dog lover, they make a pumpkin carving book just for you. It's a Rescue Dog Life comes with 18 unique pumpkin carving stencils as well as instructions. Reviewers say it's tons of fun and filled with great ideas to create a canine-themed fall decoration.

3. 10 Classic Designs That Are Super Easy To Use


Amscan Pumpkin Carving Stencil, $10, Amazon

With 10 different designs, this pumpkin carving stencil book makes pumpkin carving quick and easy. If traced directly onto the pumpkin, the stencils are reusable. Designs include fun pumpkin faces, but also a spooky cat, vampire, and ghosts.

4. A Convenient Kit For A Great Pumpkin In No Time


KINREX Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kit, $10, Amazon

The KINREX carving kit contains three carving tools, a spoon for guts, and eight simple but impressive stencil designs, like a cat, cute ghost, or pirate pumpkin. "Great tool kit!" says one reviewer. "Pumpkin was cleaned, carved, and lighting up the night in short fashion."

5. This Set Of 24 Spooky Realistic-Looking Pumpkin Face Designs


Lundy Cupp Realistic Pumpkin Carving, $12, Amazon

Want a completely different (totally spooky) pumpkin this year? This book of 24 realistic-looking, unbelievably creepy faces is perfect for your alternative Halloween decorating style. In addition to providing ready-to-use patterns, it includes relatively easy two-step project ideas and clear instructions on how to become a pumpkin carving artist.

6. These Punch-Out Stencils Reviewers Are Raving About


The Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Kit, $5, Amazon

Because of its punch-out stencils, kid-safe tools, and fun designs, The Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Kit has the highest ratings on Amazon. Patterns include a detailed alien, witch, headless horseman, and Grim Reaper, and reviewers say, "I can't believe I did it... It came out so nice everyone said, 'wow.'"

7. A How-To Book That Includes 12 'Spooktacular' Stencils


Easy Pumpkin Carving, $5, Amazon

If you're new to the process, this Easy Pumpkin Carving book helps you every step of the way. It offers tips and tricks to create seriously impressive etched or luminary pumpkins, and it comes with inspirational color photos and 12 ready-to-use carving patterns. "This book was so useful," says one reviewer. "I learned everything I already thought I knew about pumpkin carving, and things I can't believe I didn't think of on my own. I'm excited to put my newly learned skills to the test this Halloween."

8. A Set Of Stencils NFL Fans Will Love


NFL Pumpkin Carving Kit, $11, Amazon

For the sports fans out there, there's this NFL Pumpkin Carving Kit that lets you show off your team's logo. It comes with six designs and three tools, and you can choose between 18 different teams.

9. 18 Original Faces To Spice Up Your Jack-O-Lantern


Pumpkin Face Stencils, $4, Amazon

So you're just looking for a traditional jack-o-lantern, but the usual triangle eyes are a little too boring for you. This Pumpkin Face Stencils book offers 18 funny and spooky faces for an original pumpkin. That being said, they're all easy to cut and look great once they're done.

10. A Stencil That Helps You Create Your Very Own Dobby Pumpkin


Dobby Harry Potter Stencil, $13 (2 Stencils), Amazon

Not only is this Dobby Harry Potter Stencil made from durable but flexible plastic, so it can be used over and over again, but it contains two different sizes for big or small pumpkins. It can also be used with paint, markers, or any other crafting material.

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