Free Pumpkin-Carving Stencils Inspired by Your Home's Design

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southwestern diamond halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Photo: Jay Wilde

Use the home design motifs you love on the carved Halloween pumpkins you display outside this fall.

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Fleur-de-Lis Stencil

fleur-de-lis halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

A symbol of the monarchy in France, fleur-de-lis is literally translated as "flower of the lily," which is fitting since some think it's based upon the shape of an iris. Use a pumpkin-carving kit ($8, Walmart) to add this graceful icon to your pumpkin for a beautiful Halloween display.

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Knight's Fleur-de-Lis Stencil

knight's fleur-de-lis halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Symbolize heraldry with this knight-inspired fleur-de-lis pumpkin stencil. The light orange areas in the image are scraped, rather than carved, away to add a subtle glow to the overall effect.

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Mirror Fleur-de-Lis Stencil

mirror fleur-de-lis halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

If you want to take on a more intricate challenge, try this reflective fleur-de-lis design.

The light orange areas in the image are scraped, while the yellow area is carved, to add a pretty contrasting element.

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Paisley Stencil

paisley halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Resembling a twisted teardrop, the paisley pattern was once used as a fertility symbol because it represented the growing shoot of a palm tree. The holes in the design can be carved with a knife or drilled with an electric drill.

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Etched Paisley Stencil

etched paisley halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Using the same design from the previous slide, change up your carving technique slightly for a whole different look. Etch the entire paisley design and your pumpkin will cast a soft glow.

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Greek Key Stencil

greek key halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

This hallmark of classic Greek architecture is still used on buildings. Now, in addition to being an architectural mainstay, the Greek key can be Halloween pumpkin fare with a simple pumpkin carving knife.

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Greek Key Belly Band Stencil

greek key belly band halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

The Greek key design is most often used in moldings and trims, framing windows and doors, or running along the facade of a building. If your home has these elements, use this free pumpkin carving stencil to extend your home's design to your seasonal decor.

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Floral Kaleidoscope Stencil

floral kaleidoscope halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Carve a kaleidoscope design on a pumpkin for an artsy take on the Halloween tradition. Carve the light yellow areas and etch the orange ones.

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Kaleidoscope Design Stencil, Take 2

kaleidoscope design halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

With a small twist of a kaleidoscope, another design takes form, such as in this more geometric interpretation. If this pattern mimics your kitchen tiles, paint the design rather than carving it and display it in the kitchen.

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Gothic Flower Stencil

gothic flower halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Elevate a humble pumpkin with a design inspired by an iconic building. This stencil reflects the window muntins on the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

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Acanthus Leaf Stencil

acanthus leaf halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Want to add to your architecture-inspired pumpkin collection? Try this stencil, which is an interpretation of another classic Greek architecture—the acanthus leaf.

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Art Nouveau Flourish Stencil

art nouveau flourish halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Capture the biomorphic, fluid aesthetic of the late-19th-century Art Nouveau style with this elegant stencil. To create the design, grab a pumpkin carving kit and begin carving and etching.

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Art Nouveau Leaf Stencil

art nouveau leaf halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

The Art Nouveau movement is identified with natural designs and flowing lines, such as this leaf stencil motif. Mimic the design element by carving and etching different areas of your pumpkin.

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Celtic Knot Stencil

celtic knot halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

This intricate round Celtic knot is etched, rather than carved, paying homage to the Highland design. It's popular in home design elements, so you can carve or paint a pumpkin to match.

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Rectangular Celtic Knot Stencil

rectangular celtic knot halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

If your pumpkin of choice isn't quite round, try the rectangular Celtic knot stencil, which is well-suited to fit short, wide pumpkins.

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Stylized Flower Stencil

stylized flower halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Choose this stencil if you're looking for a simplified, abstract floral design. Pair it with one of our other fall pumpkin stencils for a floral-inspired pumpkin display.

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Bleeding Heart Flower Stencil

bleeding heart flower halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

If you're a romantic at heart, try this stencil: An interpretation of the romantic bleeding heart flower. Carve this design with a pumpkin carving knife and place it next to your fall florals.

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Rosebud Stencil

rosebud halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Give someone special a rosebud for Halloween, using this simplified carving design. Whether you have roses in your home or your garden, mimic the design with this free stencil.

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Tulip Garland Stencil

tulip garland halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Bring a little spring to a fall pumpkin with a tulip garland stencil. Try wrapping the stencil all the way around the pumpkin.

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Coiled Leaf Stencil

coiled leaf halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

For a simplified, yet striking design, try this coiled leaf stencil. Or, make a bolder statement by enlarging the stencil on you computer before you print it.

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Victorian Damask Stencil

victorian damask halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

The secret to carving an intricate pattern such as this Victorian-inspired design is to use a narrow gouge tool, available at an art or woodworking store.

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Victorian Flourish Stencil

victorian flourish halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

The Victorian style is known for decorative, intricate details interiors. Bring that look to a Halloween pumpkin with this pretty flourish stencil design.

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Native American Motif Stencil

native american motif halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

This simple geometric design is reminiscent of traditional Navajo patterns. Plus, it's an easy pattern for beginner carvers since it's all straight lines.

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Midcentury Design Motif Stencil

midcentury design motif halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

If midcentury modern is more your style, try this clean, simple design with organic origins. If you have trouble carving the small circles, use a large bit on an electric drill ($30, Target) to create them instead.

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Pinwheel Stencil

pinwheel halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Half of the spokes of this pinwheel design are carved, and half are etched (or scraped away) for an eye-catching design that adds a subtle glow to the overall effect.

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Art Deco Flourish Stencil

art deco flourish halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Give your pumpkin the jazz-age style of the early-20th-century's Art Deco movement: elegant and glamorous, yet modern.

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Southwestern Belly Band Stencil

southwestern belly band halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

Capture the feeling of Southwest-inspired designs with this belly band stencil. You can enlarge the stencil on your computer to make this design easier to carve.

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Southwestern Diamond Stencil

southwestern diamond halloween pumpkin carving stencil
Jay Wilde

If your style is Southwestern, try this simple pumpkin stencil shaped like a diamond. This one is meant to be etched, rather than carved, so you can use the pumpkin rind as part of the design.

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