To keep with the Halloween spirit, this weeks blog is to give you some inspiration on pumpkin carving designs!
Pumpkin carving is a very traditional Halloween activity which the whole family can get involved in. It is believed that pumpkin carving originally began in Ireland. The origin of carving pumpkins comes from an old tale of Stingy Jack. The story goes that Stingy Jack tried to trick the devil for his own gain, which resulted in him not being allowed into Heaven or Hell when he died. Because of this he was sentenced to walk earth for the whole of eternity. Back in the day, people in Ireland started carving demonic faces in turnips to scare away Stingy Jack and his soul. Now, you may be thinking, if it started with turnips then how did the pumpkin get involved? When Irish immigrants moved to the United States of America they wanted to carry on the tradition of carving these faces to scare away Stingy Jack, however there wasn't many turnips in the United States. Instead they used pumpkins as they were well known and easy accessible in that region.
If you want to delve deeper, the Halloween season actually comes from a Celtic festival called Samhain. This festival celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of November. A very old tradition in Samhain was to disguise yourself so that you would be hidden from souls wandering the earth, this was very similar to the story of Stingy Jack, hence why pumpkin carving was incorporated into the Halloween season, clever hey!
If you are new to the art of pumpkin carving or simply want something that will make your pumpkin look simple but effective, why not go for one of these designs! They aren't your average pumpkin face so you can take inspiration from any of these designs and go wild! This selection of designs includes Jack Skeleton from The Nightmare before Christmas, as well as some novelty faces that will make you have the spookiest pumpkin in town. You can print out one of these designs and use it as your very own stencil, or if you are feeling up to it you can try draw it on free hand! All you need for these designs is a knife and a lot of patience. Have a go and see how your Jack O Lantern comes out. I have also linked an article in the title where you can find some more amazing easy pumpkin carving designs.
Fancy pushing the boat out a little bit? Here are two slightly more difficult pumpkin carving designs which we know someone out there will be able to tackle. We love the traditional Jack O Lantern design of the pumpkin on the right, put try to add in all those intricate mouth details and see how well you do! The design on the left is definitely not one for the faint of heart, and it is certainly scary that is for sure. For some more smaller features of these designs you may want to get some other tools. For example a keyhole saw would be perfect for either of these designs, as well as a pair of scissors to really yet the little accents into place. But make sure to be careful! If you recreate either of these designs, be sure to let us know how you got on. We would love to see your pumpkin creations! Click the title link for more unique pumpkin carving designs. Give them a go, if you dare!
These pumpkin carving designs are especially made for those who have all of the creativity in the world! Or perhaps you want to challenge yourself and test your abilities. We have a monster design, a boogie man design and a hanging bat design for you to try out. What we love about these designs specifically is the vivid orange background that they have managed to create with the pumpkin. It creates such an eerie feel to your home and you will be ever so proud of your creation. These designs may take longer to complete, and will require a lot of resilience, but if you are up to it then what is stopping you! Get creative this Halloween and let your imagination run wild. For more difficult and challenging pumpkin carving designs you can click the title to find more great ideas.
We hope you have enjoyed these pumpkin carving ideas! Have fun this Halloween and stay safe.