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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. For easiest viewing use the PicLens link. The Slideshow does not always work well.

Haunted House Pumpkin Carving

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Pumpkin carved with Haunted House Pumpkin Carving design. Pumpkins carved by the members of the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas.

These are a whole variety of pretty carved pumpkins. Who says Halloween Pumpkins need to be scary? (For easiest viewing use the PicLens link. The Slideshow does not always work well.)

Pretty Pumpkin Carvings

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Pretty Pumpkins carved for Halloween

These carved  pumpkin lanterns have some California themes and other ideas. (For easiest viewing use the PicLens link. The Slideshow does not always work well.)

Tall Sailing Ship Pumpkin Carving

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Pumpkin Carved with The Beatles. Carved by a member of the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas.

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

In the meantime, if you want to learn to make some really great carved pumpkins in 3-D check out Ray Villafane’s brand new 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.


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