Today, I am presenting a SUPER FUN AND AWESOME Halloween spin on my adult coloring books: BEAUTIFUL pumpkin stencils!! Owls! Moons! Mandalas! WOOT!
I think this one one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done for Woo! Jr.! Long time readers may know that in addition to being the founder and editor of this site, I’ve also published 7 adult coloring books, most of them based on mandala designs. In fact, the whole reason I got into illustrating adult coloring books in the first place was because a publisher found my adult coloring pages on this site from WAY back in 2009, when nobody above the age of 10 cared about coloring. 🙂 That led to Coloring Animal Mandalas, and then Coloring Flower Mandalas, and then the genre exploded and I drew coloring books non stop for pretty much a year.
All of these pumpkin carving patterns are an adaptation of the mandala illustrations from 4 of my books! Some are fairly literal adaptations, and I’ve made other simpler and much easier to carve, because let’s face it, these are advanced level pumpkin stencils here. They look intimidating even to me!
Because most of these stencils are so detailed, here’s a few extra tips for success:
- Start carving from the center of the design and work your way outwards. This will make sure that you always have an adjacent solid area to stabilize the carving.
- Use a real pumpkin carving tool, which is a small and thin serrated knife. They really do make a pumpkin easier to carve. You can find them pretty much anywhere at this time of year, or find a similar small serrated blade by the exacto knives in a craft store.
- These will definitely take time and patience. If you want your pumpkin to last more than a couple of days, use these tips and tricks to carve artificial pumpkins instead of real ones!
How to Carve a Pumpkin From a Pumpkin Stencil
Need some tips on how to use these pumpkin stencils? Here’s our video instructions!
Here’s a picture of them all lit up! Thanks SO much to our amazingly talented writer Joanna Brooks for carving these for you to see!