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Halloween Pumpkin Stencils

Looking for great Halloween crafts? Well, here are some wonderful Halloween Pumpkin Stencils and fun ideas for using them in your decorations.


It’s time for all the little ghosts and goblins to come out! And you better be ready.

Stencil Painted PumpkinsWell, I have some great Halloween pumpkin stencils and ideas for you to create fun Halloween Crafts with stencils and a few free Halloween stencils too!

This page details the steps to paint a pumpkin like those pictured here. How cute, right? And believe me, you won’t miss the mess of carving a real pumpkin.

Looking for creative designs for your pumpkin? Then go to Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils. However, if you just want a face check out these Free Jack O Lantern Stencils.

If you’re a fan of recycle, reuse and “keep it simple” you’ll love this idea. It involves painting a craft pumpkin which you can find at a local craft supply store and you’ll end up with a jack o lantern that will adorn your porch every October for years to come.

Painting Halloween pumpkin stencils onto a pumpkin is much less messy and safer when getting the kids involved. Not to mention that you can be a lot more creative with paint and Halloween pumpkin stencils.

Just a Quick Reminder: It may be Halloween but Christmas is on it’s way so don’t miss all the wonderful fun filled Holiday Crafts that we have prepared for you.

Halloween Pumpkin StencilLet’s get started with our Halloween Pumpkin Stencils Feature Project:

(Hey, don’t just limit these instructions to the pumpkins you pick up at the farmer’s market either. I used this technique on gourds, too.)

For these instructions I’m using a craft pumpkin but the same process can apply to a real pumpkin.

If your Halloween pumpkin stencils are not the right size for your pumpkin, you can always reduce or enlarge the image on a copy machine. That’s one advantage to working with printable, downloadable stencils.

Once the size is just right for your pumpkin, hold the design in front of the pumpkin and eye it in. It’s best not to have a design the rolls too far over the top or bottom of your pumpkin.

OK! You’ve got your pattern and it’s the right size. Now, you’ll have to cut your pattern so that you can apply paint. Using a craft-knife cut out the openings on the stencil. Make sure your blade is sharp at all times. Dull blades may cause the paper stencil to tear. The goal is to cut along each line only once with a firm, smooth motion. With your free hand, hold the stencil firmly and rotate the stencil so that you are always cutting with your arm and wrist at a comfortable angle. When cutting past a thin bridge area carefully use a finger to hold down the paper. Be very careful!

Now it’s time to tape the stencil to the pumpkin and apply paint. That’s much easier said than done because you have a flat square page that needs to be secured to a round object.

Gonna Getcha Stencil PumpkinHere’s what I do. Line up your stencil so that the center of the design is even with the center of the pumpkin and put tape on each side. Then if you can, place another piece of tape at the top and the bottom. As you apply paint, you will need to use a finger to pull down the corners so that it flattens against the pumpkin. For the white pumpkin (above) I was able to tape down the four sides and work my way out to each corner after starting in the center. But for the green gourd pictured below, the bottom was too rounded so I had to hold down with a finger as I moved around the corners.

It’s best to wait a couple of minutes before removing your Halloween pumpkin stencil when you’ve finished painting. The idea is to be able to get the paper away from the surface without smudging the paint. So, if you let the paint dry just a little it will be less likely to smear.

On the other hand, if the stencil remains in place for the paint to thoroughly dry, some of the paper along the edges will stick to the pumpkin.

When removing the stencil, hold down on one side and roll it away. This is the best way to keep the stencil from dragging across any wet paint.

Touch up any jagged lines with a thin paint brush. You will most likely also need to fill in the crevice areas of the pumpkin that didn’t receive paint.

By the way, don’t miss these Scary Pumpkin Stencils! And if you're a feline fanatic you have to check out the Cat Stencils for Pumpkin Carving.

Wait! Don’t put away the paint brush and paints just yet. There is much more you can do with your Halloween pumpkin stencils. This is the part where you can get very creative. Since you are working with paint, there is no reason you can’t do a second color or even a few colors. Here are a few tips and hints to make your pumpkins really stand out. Once you have completed a layer of black paint on your stencil, reattach the stencil just above the black areas and repaint with yellow. This creates a shadow effect like on the green gourd.

Don’t like all the mess and fuss of carving a pumpkin? But feel the need to carve? Well, I’ve got a great solution for you. How about carving a craft pumpkin? Find out about the many advantages and what you need to do to complete this great Pumpkin Crafts project.

There are so many ways to have fun with Halloween pumpkin stencils! I often think that making the decorations is the most fun part of any occasion and Halloween is no exception. I hope you get the most of the projects found on this page and create some funky or scary art.

Happy Halloween and Happy Stenciling!


P.S. Here’s the stencil I promised you. Enjoy!

Jack O Lantern Stencil




We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

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Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

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