19 Smiling Pumpkin Designs to Make for the Happiest Halloween Ever
We love this adorable pugkin! You'll need one large pumpkin for the head, two small white pumpkins painted with black pupils for eyes, and two gourds for the ears. To attach the eyes and ears, make holes in the large pumpkin, white pumpkins, and gourds with a hammer and nail. Use pieces of a wire hanger to secure them. Paint a leftover piece of pumpkin red for the tongue.
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Misshapen noses and oddball eyes may not win any beauty contests but these Cubist characters are sure to get the prize for creativity. Spray-paint clean, dry pumpkins in seasonal colors. Add details with a paintbrush and acrylic paint. Display the painted pumpkins with other assorted pumpkin varieties.
Editor's Tip: For crisp, clean edges, outline noses using a marker and flexible ruler.
We mustache you a question: How cute is this dapper fellow?! Make him by cutting out a mustache shape from thick cardboard. Use hot glue to attach black licorice as the hair, cutting down the pieces as needed. Attach it to the pumpkin with pins.
Goofy Smiling Pumpkins
These happy jack-o'-lantern faces elicit smiles—not shrieks—with zany bouncy-ball eyes and goofy grins (painted on using our patterns). They're easy to make and fun to display.
These creepy smiling pumpkins are great for people on a budget–rather than splurge on huge pumpkins, buy several small sugar pumpkins for your kids to paint. To keep the carving to a minimum, cut just the mouths and paint on the eyes and other features. For extra depth, paint the inside of the mouths dark brown.
Vegetable-Adorned Pumpkin Duo
Floral shops and supermarket aisles are full of colorful, whimsical facial and hair ideas for your jack-o'-lantern friends. Here, we used cucumber slices for eyes, carved potatoes for ears, and ferns for feathery strands of hair. Creating this happy pumpkin couple is easy: Cut off the tops of pumpkins or drill holes to tuck in flowers and branches. Attach other accents with pins, toothpicks, or hot-glue.
Happy Halloween Jack-o'-Lanterns
Celebrate Halloween with this gang of happy jack-o'-lantern faces. Use the free pumpkin carving patterns to carve smiling eyes and wide grins. Then shape scrapbooking paper ($20, Michaels) into cones, creating a variety of tall and short hats. Use tape to secure the paper in its cone shape. Cut out an assortment of circles from patterned paper and glue them to the hats for added flair. Trim some of the hat edges with a paper fringe. Hot-glue the hats to the tops of the pumpkins.
It’s time to let your kids play with their veggies! Cut a hole in the top of your pumpkin, then use hot-glue to add leafy greens for funky hair. Halved peppers make great noses and mouths, green beans work as eyebrows, and cucumber slices stuck in apple corer-cut holes make great eyes.
Goofy grins and silly eyes hardly fit the scary jack-o'-lantern archetype. So if you'd rather laugh than be scared, these friendly funny monster pumpkins are the perfect addition to your Halloween decor.
Goofy Group of Pumpkins
These funny pumpkins pack plenty of personality by playing up their flaws, so don't disregard that unusually shaped or scarred pumpkin. Arrange the carving pattern in a way that enhances a pumpkin's imperfections.
Dog Pumpkin Stencil
Carve a happy Halloween pumpkin inspired by your pet! Download one of our free dog pumpkin carving patterns and you're on your way to having a festive pumpkin in honor of your favorite pooch.
Create a goofy grin on your pumpkin by using an apple corer ($13, Bed Bath & Beyond) to punch perfectly round circles. For more easy pumpkin carving ideas, try using the punched plugs for additional features; here, the white-nose is a plug from a white pumpkin. Scrape just the skin away from around the punched "pupils" to create the eyes.
Goofy Green Gourd
Don't be afraid to select uniquely shaped, bumpy, or colorful pumpkins—they have tons of personality! Use acrylic paints to doodle the smiling pumpkin of your dreams.
Make a stack of jack-o’-lanterns easily with this shortcut: Use an apple corer to get perfectly round eyes in a pinch! Lightly scrape some lines for eyebrows above the holes for a quirky effect.
To give your happy pumpkin a spiky light-up hairdo, drill holes in the top of your pumpkin. (Choose a bit that’s slightly smaller than the light bulbs.) Push white holiday lights through the holes and place the rest of the light strand inside the pumpkin.
These funny pumpkins are sure to delight your Halloween visitors! Start by selecting three flatter pumpkins and remove the stems. Use an old cap for one of them, braid thick lengths of yarn secured with ribbon for another, and cut out faux craft fur into "hair" for the third.