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How to Make Carved Pumpkin Lanterns

I recently posted an article about carved pumpkin lanterns made to celebrate Halloween. In it, I show a bunch of carved pumpkins with movie and cartoon themes. One thing that these carved pumpkin lanterns all have in common is that they use varying thickness of the pumpkin to create varying shades of light and dark.

Haunted House Carved Pumpkin

In order to help you carve your own carved pumpkin lanterns, I’ve made a free video to illustrate the concept of carving varying thicknesses to make differing shades of light and dark. Take a look and you will see what I mean. You will find it useful the next time you carve a pumpkin lantern. And the same concept works well when you carve lanterns from melons.

Take a look.

If you look below, you will also see lots more photos of great carved pumpkin lanterns – pretty ones, Halloween themed pumpkin carvings, California themed pumpkin carvings and more.

So take a look and have some fun.

How to Create Shades of Light and Dark
When Making Carved Pumpkin Lanterns

To learn to carve pumpkin portraits, check out my Pumpkin Carving Portraits Course here. Imagine how fun it would be to have your whole family carved into pumpkins sitting on your front porch on Halloween.

Below are more photos of some great carved  pumpkin lanterns.

Here are some Halloween themed carved pumpkins. Click any of the photos below to see them larger.

These are a whole variety of pretty carved pumpkins. Who says Halloween Pumpkins need to be scary? Click any of the photos below to see them larger.

These carved  pumpkin lanterns have some California themes and other theme ideas. Click any of the photos below to see them larger.

Want to learn how to carve Pumpkin  Portraits?

Then you will love our portrait carving course.

Want to learn to make Carved Pumpkins in 3-D?

If you want to learn to make some really great carved pumpkins in 3-D check out Ray Villafane’s DVD set.

Many thanks to the many members and brothers of the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas who carved all of these wonderful pumpkins. The city of Encinitas California has an annual tradition of displaying these carved pumpkins through out the old Downtown area along 101. So, if you have the chance, visit and see these marvelous carved pumpkin lanterns for yourself.

Learn to carve like a pro

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4 Responses to How to Make Carved Pumpkin Lanterns

  1. Sandra May 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    awesome, have you seen that pic of the “predator” pumpkin?! it as briillant! I love seeing amazing pumpkins during Halloween so great!nice to meet you i’m a new follower via the sunday blog hop!

  2. MARY JOSEPH December 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm #


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