Corny – Pumpkin Carving Pattern

Corny Pumpkin Carving Pattern

What do you think of when someone says, “Cornfields”? An ocean of green stalks? Tan tassels? Golden rows of sweetness?

I’m eight again, walking with my grandfather’s shepherd/malamute mix, Milly, around the edges of his property. A green grassy border marked the boundary, then a wall of corn stalks, soaring several feet over my head. Milly would bounce in and out of the stalks, chasing rabbits, her fur blocking the spiders and other beasties from staying on her.

Sans fur, I was scared to death to venture in. I didn’t see corn stalks…I saw giant spiders. So many spiders! And the field went from eerily silent to a whispered rustling. I loved seeing the crows as they felt like the only other sign of life. My imagination said that other things lived in that field of corn and they’d be happy to meet me on the next dark and stormy night! Nope!

Instead, I patiently waited for Milly, outside the field of corn and near the guardian of my grandfather’s garden, his scarecrow. Denim overalls, red flannel shirt, and topped with a straw hat, I felt like that blank face was smiling down on me, keeping me safe from the fiends of the field. Corny may not have kept the crows away but he did keep me safe! (I think!)

Pro Tips: This smiling scarecrow warmly greets even the most fearful of little trick or treaters!

  1. The separation between the top of the hat and the brim makes it look like there’s a band of ribbon around it. But, if you want to keep things simple, you can just cut straight through this section and the two parts will just become one big floppy hat!
  2. If you are pressed for time, you may skip carving out the bowtie altogether, but it does make him look a little debonair and gives him a slight definition of a chin.
  3. Don’t worry about being too careful with his hair. If the pieces look a little shaggy? All the better!

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Autumn Leaves – Pumpkin Carving Pattern

Autumn Leaves Pumpkin Carving Pattern

Autumn is a rain shower of leaves, a cacophony of color. And it’s pure magic.

What’s your favorite color? Mine is Autumn!See? You know exactly what I’m talking about…don’t you? Okay, so you may be right…Autumn isn’t a color, or, the least, it’s not one color. Autumn is every color!Autumn is the pink blush of a dogwood leaf turning to mottled shades of deep purple and cherry red. It’s the flaming orange of a pumpkin, the burgundy of a Japanese maple, the purest yellow of aspens. It’s the navy of a crisp fall evening, dotted with the black shadows of bats dashing across a sky of shimmering white stars. Autumn is the smell of deep green pines and the grays of a blue spruce against rugged chocolate brown trunks.Autumn is a rain shower of leaves, a cacophony of color. And it’s pure magic. Quoting a short poem by Stanley Horowitz, “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” If only we could live forever in this colorful mosaic!

Pro Tips: This simply sweet pattern can be used to create some show stoppers!

  • Rather than just carving this pattern on one side of your pumpkin…keep it going! Repeat the pattern and carve it all the way around the pumpkin as one long row. Simple and stunning!
  • Rows don’t have to go around just the middle of the pumpkin. Change things up by carving out several rows from top to bottom, starting about two inches from the stem and going down to the bottom until they’re out of sight. Charming!
  • For a more playful pattern, skip the rows and randomly carve each leaf in different spots, then repeat until your pumpkin is covered in a shower of leaves. For more variety, shrink or enlarge a few of the leaves to give your carving extra dimension!

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