30 Ways To Carve A Pumpkin You Haven't Tried Yet

X-Acto knives at the ready!

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Courtesy of Everyday Dishes

You've been there, done that with a toothy grin. This Halloween, mix it up with a creative new design no one else on your block will have. If that seems to complex for your knife skills, skip carving altogether and try one of our painted pumpkin ideas instead!

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John Kernick
Swirling Vines

To recreate this soft glow, use a , or linoleum cutter to peel away the top layer without puncturing the rind.

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Antonis Achilleos
Elephant

With four minis as feet and a stem as a trunk, transforming pumpkins into a friendly porch elephant is a breeze thanks to and .

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The Polohouse
Pumpkin Lantern

Suspend a hollowed-out pumpkin, stuffed with straw and candles, from a sturdy rope for a lantern effect.

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Brian Woodcock
Hen and Chicks

A little bit of chicken wire turns a pumpkin into a mama hen—a baby pumpkin works perfectly for your "mama" pumpkin's chick.

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Country Living
Flickering Fireplace

Sure, you can pile plain pumpkins in the hearth, but candlelit "flames" look so much better.

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Antonis Achilleos
Gobbled Up

Sorry, little guy. It's a pumpkin-eat-pumpkin world out there.

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Dana Gallagher
Lit Lanterns

Decorate your jack-o'-lantern with an old school lamp. Your pumpkins will be both pretty and practical when it comes to lighting up the front porch.

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Jennifer Causey
Jar of Fireflies

Summer may be over, but you can still catch lightning bugs. Etch out a Mason jar and attach LED lights inside and out. Even better, use the blinking variety and they'll look like the real thing.

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Antonis Achilleos
Evil Witch

A gourd's twisted stem works perfectly as a crooked nose. Plus this project skips the messy step of scooping out the inside.

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Antonis Achilleos
Wigged Out

If you're a stickler for a traditional face, give your pumpkin a new 'do with a cheeky plant toupee. Rapunzel or Donald, take your pick.

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WhipperBerry
Polka Dots

Give a pop art-y, modern edge to your typical orange gourd.

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My Home Ideas
Winding Vines

These carved-out designs can work on your porch well after October 31st.

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Country Living
A Thorn In Its Side

When you've got themed dishes to match, a spiky jack-o'-lantern can make a great centerpiece or party platter accent.

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Country Living
Squigglies

On that same matchy-matchy note, take a cue from your favorite home décor and mimic your wallpaper (or tablecloth, table runner or napkin) pattern.

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Country Living
Abstract Leaves

Leaves + pumpkins? We've reached peak fall.

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Trevor Dixon
Coyote Scene

Try out this much more sophisticated (and seasonal) take on the traditional elementary school project.

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John Kernick
Skeleton Hands

Trim the stem on an oblong-shaped pumpkin after carving out a vertical arm, then place a smaller one on top to complete the skeleton's spooky arm.

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Steven Randazzo
Wood Grain

Scraping off just the surface saves a ton of time when carving a pumpkin—it also allows you to get more creative with your designs without risking ruining the whole thing.

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Dana Gallager
Crescent Moon

With a Lite-Brite (remember those?) as his inspiration, the designer punched holes in his pumpkin to create a crescent shape.

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ANDREW WOJCIECHOWSKI
Good Enough to Eat

An apple a day keeps the goblins away.

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Wit & Whistle
Chevron Style

The trendy decor design looks just as chic on a pumpkin.

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Cheryl Style
Carved for Ice

Because you need a drink to go with all the spooks.

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Antonis Achilleos
Melon Monsters

These are hands down the cutest monsters we've ever seen.

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Kimberly Werner
A Spider and Its Web

We know it's fake, but we're still scared AF.

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WhimseyBox
Cheery Tiers

The secret to this triple-decker gourd: toothpicks and colored beads.

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Antonis Achilleos
Spooky Faces

Using white pumpkins is the super easy way to up your jack-o-lantern game.

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Christy Lauman
Pirate Life

But why is the rum gone!?

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Built by Kids
Glowing Alarm Clock

Just don't trust this to actually wake you up in the morning and you're good.

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Family Chic
Tiny and Colorful

Mini pumpkins dyed with food coloring are adorbs arranged on a cake plate.

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Kim Ludwiczak and Renee Wisniewski
Veggie Accents

Gourd-and-berry window boxes are the perfect touch to this charming pumpkin home.

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