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11 pumpkin carving designs that you will want to copy

If you love Halloween as much as me, you're desperately trying to think of an idea for your pumpkin. Of course the classic creepy face is great, but you've done that before.

This year you need something to put up on Instagram, something that will get all the compliments you crave. Here are the best pumpkin designs and techniques you will absolutely want to copy.

1. Need something easy?


If you aren't the most artistic person, there are plenty of ways to take the classic pumpkin design to new levels. Simply carve out the simple face that you're familiar with and use cocktail sticks to add these crazy looking teeth.

2. Puking pumpkins

Again the basic design of this pumpkin makes it really easy to carve but the added touch of 'vomit' takes it to the next level. Of course you can easily make slime instead with shaving foam, water and glue but, if you haven't got the time, a can of baked beans or even the slimy pumpkins seeds do the trick just as well.

3. Spider web

This spider looks insane, and if you're a pumpkin carving pro it should be super easy to recreate. To stop the pumpkin falling apart entirely, the pattern is created by scraping up the hard surface rather than cutting all the way through. This technique is a must if you want to create a more intricate design.

4. Bats

Bats are an iconic spooky animal and they work great for pumpkins. It may look far more adventurous than a scary face but the shape is actually quite simple. You don't even need a special carving kit to do this, a regular kitchen knife should be good enough.

5. Something less spooky

Yes, I know, octopuses are not Halloween-y but it does look awesome and still kind of scary. Your pumpkin doesn't have to be a witch or monster, choosing a random animal is a great way to ensure your pumpkin is unique, alternatively just copy this idea.

6. Write something simple

There's a lot more going on here than you might notice at first. To begin with, the handprints look creepy but are really easy to do—simply trace around your own with a sharpie and cut out the middle. What's really smart about this is how they've made the letter 'B'. To stop the middle from falling out they have used cocktail sticks to keep it in place. Clever right?

7. Take a more artsy approach to the creepy face

If you want to outdo all those triangle nosed faces, how about something like this? Yes, it looks extremely complicated but we can dream can't we?

8. Give your pumpkin a winning smile

You can buy vampire teeth really cheap from most supermarkets at this time of year and, if you don't fancy wearing them yourself,  they might just suit a mini pumpkin. This little guy looks super dorky and cute and would make a great decoration for any Halloween party.

9. Alternatively...
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If you don't fancy giving your mini pumpkin teeth maybe you could feed it to a bigger one. Most supermarkets are not just selling big pumpkins, they're stocking up on mini ones too! What could be more evil than a cannibal pumpkin?

10. A cartoon character

Carving a cartoon character guarantees compliments. They are immediately recognisable and can be quite easy to create. Because most cartoon characters are drawn with black outlines and in block colours, converting them into a suitable design doesn't take much work at all.

11. Half a pumpkin

And finally how about trying a 'headless' pumpkin. Show that you have thought outside of the box and rewrite the rules of pumpkins. Clearly, they don't need to be round.

With this knowledge, you should be able to carve an amazing pumpkin. Let us know in the comments if you have any more tips or cool design ideas.