Unique Jack-O-Lantern Designs

Jack-o-lantern designs are certainly taking off thanks to some dedicated pumpkin carvers. In the past several years, the old triangle eyed smiling pumpkins have been replaced with ghoulish creatures, presidential portraits and even pop culture icons. These unique jack o lantern patterns are popping up all over the Web. With the right tools and a little patience, you can have your very own pumpkin that will make people stop and stare.

Get The Right Pumpkin Carving Tools
You have a range of pumpkin carving designs to choose from online, but all of them require that you have specific tools for the best results. You can find pumpkin carving kits at party supply stores and most superstores around Halloween time. They include, at the very least, a small knife with a serrated edge and a pumpkin scoop. Fancier kits include knives of several sizes, poking tools and tiny saws. You should choose a set that will give you enough flexibility to handle many different designs. A big set with many tools is a good investment if you plan on creating unique pumpkin designs each year.

Choosing The Ideal Pumpkin
Once you've got your tools, you should find some pumpkins that are more tall than squat. Look all around your pumpkin to make sure you've got a good side to work with. It should be blemish-free and sort of flat. It will be easier to trace your design on a flat side than one that is curved.

Finding Pumpkin Carving Designs
Finding unique designs is easy if you do some searching online. Pumpkin carving experts have created many patterns that will inspire you. In addition to spooky-faced patterns, you can choose from zombies, witches, monsters and graveyard scenes. If traditional Halloween designs aren't your thing, you can find patterns for religious themes, celebrity portraits, popular comic book characters, fantasy images and phrases.

You can use these patterns to create new designs of your own, or just follow the directions exactly. With the right tools, you should be able to create any design that has a pattern. Print out the design, and place the paper over the flat side of your pumpkin. Use a pencil or other small poking implement to poke dots along the lines of the design. Remove the paper, and you're ready to start making your unique pumpkin design.

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