Top 6 Quick and Easy Pumpkin Carving Templates

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Top 6 Quick and Easy Pumpkin Carving Templates
Kendra Osburn

The key to an eye-catching jack-o'-lantern? For busy families, sometimes it's just finding a fun pattern that you can do quickly. We picked our top easy and eerie templates from eHow's extensive library. Here are six ideas for jack-o'-lanterns, which can be crafted in two hours or less!

Easy Does It
Kendra Osburn

Easy Does It

If you want to be truly original, while everyone's stocking up on drimmels and linoleum cutters to make the most elaborate jack-o'-lantern known to man, go back to basics with the oldie-but-goodie "Easy Triangle Face" pattern. Life is complicated -- your jack-o'-lantern doesn't have to be.

Get the "Easy Triangle Face" template here

The Cat's Meow
Rachel Globus

The Cat's Meow

Who doesn't love a cat -- especially on Halloween? This easy "Cat" stencil will have your Halloween off to a ferociously adorable start in a jiffy.

Get the "Cat" template here

Get Spooky
Kendra Osburn

Get Spooky

That crooked grin is what gives this "Spooky Face" template its name. This pattern is for slightly more ambitious carvers than the "Easy Triangle Face," but can still be done in just a few hours.

Get the "Spooky Face" template here

A Boo-tiful Pumpkin
Kendra Osburn

A Boo-tiful Pumpkin

Who knew five ovals could be so eerie? The "Boo Ghost Face" pattern is perfect for an oddly shaped pumpkin -- you can turn a misshapen gourd into a masterpiece of emotion with just a few quick cuts. Who wants a perfectly round pumpkin when a deformed one is so much scarier?

Get the "Boo Ghost Face" template here

Scared (and Scary) Skull
Kendra Osburn

Scared (and Scary) Skull

Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead (November 1-2) with the "Scared Skull" stencil.

Get the "Scared Skull" template here

Templates: Try DIY
Kendra Osburn

Templates: Try DIY

Creating your own pumpkin carving template is easier than you might think. Pick a simple image with clearly defined edges, decide what's going to be your negative space (the part you carve out) and positive space (the remaining rind), and print it large enough to become a stencil. Our eHow logo printout is 8 inches, providing structure for the jack-o'-lantern, with letters you can see from a distance.

Get started with our gallery of free pumpkin carving patterns here

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