Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year for 25+ years, and being a holiday junkie, she just can't get enough of the sabbats!
Wiccan Pumpkin Stencils
I love jack-o'-lantern carving, and I especially love to make my own pumpkin stencils to create unique designs. Since Samhain is different from Halloween to me, I like to make more Pagan-friendly pumpkins to put out on the altar and around the home. Nothing like doing a ritual in a room surrounded by glowing Pagan-themed jack-o'-lanterns!
I’m offering these jack-o'-lantern stencils for your own use this Halloween if you like.
- Print them
- Use them on your jack-o'-lanterns
- Take pictures of your finished jack-o'-lanterns and share them (though if you post them on a website I would appreciate a link back)
- Direct your friends to this page to share them
- Print and distribute them for free to other Pagans pumpkin carving activities in non-profit gatherings
- Use them for jack-o'-lanterns you intend to carve and sell as decoration
- Print and distribute them for profit
- Publish them on your own web page without written permission from the artist (myself)
- Put them in any newsletter, book, disc, packet of printed papers or any other collection for distribution without written permission from the artist
- Use the design on clothing, holiday cards, coasters, bags, buttons or other novelty objects, either for sale or free distribution without permission from the artist
Hope you enjoy them! Have a blessed Samhain!
Basic Carving Instructions
- Cut a hole about 5 inches in diameter on the bottom of the pumpkin. Scrape out the shmutz.
- Examine the pumpkin for the smoothest side, the perfect size to carve. Try to thin the wall of the pumpkin on the side you're putting the carving to about 1/2 inch thick.
- Resize the image to fit the pumpkin and print it out.
- Cut around the pattern, leaving about 1/2 inch border.
- Tape the pattern to the pumpkin on the smooth side. You may need to crease the paper slightly to ensure it lays flat.
- Transfer the pattern with a metal skewer or a toothpick by poking holes about 1/16 to no more than 1/8 inch part along the edges of the gray and black designs.
- Peel off the taped image, and put the pattern in front of you as a reference.
- Carve through with a pumpkin saw, holding it perpendicular to the pumpkin.
- Scrape (remove just the skin leaving behind the yellow flesh) by tracing around the design shape with a craft knife, piercing the skin and going about 1/8 inch deep. Then hold the craft knife on a 45-degree angle to remove the orange skin.
Best Tool for Scraping
Instructions: Samhain Pumpkin
- Carve the black pentagram first, straight through with a pumpkin carving saw.
- Scrape the smoke puffs away.
- Carve the cauldron top through with the pumpkin knife.
- Scrape away the skin from the gray parts of the flame.
- Cut through to remove the black parts of the flame.
- Turn the pumpkin upside-down and cut out the letters, starting with the H (using the pumpkin saw to cut clean through). Remove the M and A, then the A and I, then the S and N.
Instructions: Samhain Ritual Pumpkin
- Carve through the black 'aura' around the head, moon, candle flames. censer, cup reflection and top edge of table.
- Drill holes to make 'stars'.
- Use the scraping technique to remove all gray areas.
- Leave all white areas intact.
Instructions: Yin Yang Pumpkin
- Carve out moon.
- Scrape away skin on left gray shaded area of yin/yang (leave the sun shape skin intact, so it's orange).
- Carve out backwards black "s" shape. Carve the black lines rounding the left and right side of the yin yang.
- Carve out the moon shapes. The top moon, leave intact; just scrape away the gray area.
Instructions: Spiral Goddess Pumpkin
- Scrape away all the gray areas.
- Carve out the spiral.
- Carve out the black moon parts.
Instructions: Great Rite Pumpkin
- Carve through the triple moons, then the knife blade reflection, then the black on the knife handle.
- Scrape away the gray cup. Scrape away the gray knife handle.
- Carve through the black sunburst. Remove them in 'chunks' rather than as whole pieces.
Instructions: Blessed Samhain Pumpkin
- Carve out the pentagram first, starting with the inner edges of the lines, working your way to the tips.
- Carve away the D and E at the end of the word 'blessed'.
- Carve away the spiral.
- Carve away the M, H and A in the middle of the word 'Samhain'.
- Carve away the A and the S at the beginning of 'Samhain'.
- Carve away the I and N at the end of Samhain.
- Carve away the S, S, E, L and B of 'blessed'
- Carve away the crescent moon shape around the pentagram. You may need to put your hand inside and hold behind the star to prevent it from breaking off and falling in.
Instructions: Green Man Pumpkin
The Green Man is a very complicated pumpkin pattern and I urge you to wait until you are very comfortable with your carving skills before attempting it. I won't even give too many detailed instructions because once you develop some impressive carving skills you'll know what you should do.
The white parts are the parts you want to go. Keep the black parts, and scrape away the yellow. I know this changes the usual pattern color coding, but this one is so confusing I find it easier to do it this way.
I will remind you that you starting from the inside nose and eye area, begin carving away the white sections, and scraping away the yellow sections, working your way outward as you go.
© 2013 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Ronnie oglesby on October 20, 2019:
Its' really nice seeing so many pages with helpful and possitive friends !!
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 12, 2017:
Hi, Mackenzie, (again),
Just one word as I depart for the real life side of me . . .never judge appearances with the eye; Never listen to everything everyone tells you--the ears can deceive you and never use your tongue to intentionally place yourself above the next person doing their best to finish the race.
I guess that you know the one who coined this phrase?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 12, 2017:
Thank you Skye, very sweet of you! Bright blessings to you as well.
Octoberschylde on October 07, 2017:
This is awesome I love these patterns :) I've been looking for pagan ones for years and I'm so glad you did these :) We're gonna be rockin' some pumpkins this year! :)
Skye from Tri-states area of NY-NJ-PA on October 05, 2017:
We meet again! I just love that your article was exactly what I was looking for and it was the first item on the Google search. TinEye has become an invaluable resource and I am grateful to connect, especially tonight. Full moon blessings, sister! )O(
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on August 13, 2016:
Thank you, WiccanSage,
You are right. I have a few hubs that are just over 500 words and they drew a lot more comments than ones that ranged well into the 2,000 words and more.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 13, 2016:
Hi Kenneth; Hubpages has definitely been up and down on my priority list, lol. I do love it though and will always return here, but I've also been having a lot of success as a writer with my client base growing so I tend to take a lot of hub hiatuses while working on bigger, more demanding projects (hence the late replies).
I have honestly found length doesn't always make a difference. I have hubs that do well that are near 3,000 words and hubs that do poorly near 3,000 words. i have hubs that do well with 300 words and hubs that do poorly with 300 words. I know word count is supposed to help with search engine ranking but only a bit I think; ultimately the interest people take in your hub is going to determine whether it gets sent off or not.
Lots of luck with your hubbing!
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 04, 2016:
I am impressed with the hours and hours of research and work that you put into this hub.
I envy that ability to stick with it, but in "my" case, not yours, each hub that I have written that was considered a tad too long were not viewed that much.
Problem is with me in not having block-buster text to share each time I write a hub. But I am working on reinventing myself in this area.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 23, 2014:
Thanks LeeAnn; sorry in taking so long to get back; I've been ill. I appreciate your comments-- and I want to let you know I'll be posting a part 2 to this hub with new Pagan pumpkin patterns for the holidays this year.
LeeAnn on June 29, 2014:
These are very beautiful! I will definitely be making these this year. Oh, how far away October is.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 29, 2013:
Thank you, pumpkin carving is something I've always enjoyed. It's a nostalgic thing for me, my dad and I used to do it together as a tradition growing up. Comments are much appreciated.
Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on October 29, 2013:
I love the intricacy of these designs! I wish I were skilled enough to carve the last two designs--they're my favorites. Great job, Sage. Thanks for sharing your artwork!