About Disney Pumpkin Carving Stencils

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Mackenzie Wright

    About the Author

    Mackenzie Wright has been freelancing since 2002 in the realms of writing, painting, photography, crafts and teaching the arts. Her writing has been featured in publications such as the "Saint Petersburg Times," "South Florida Parenting Magazine" and "Home Education Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and education.

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    The art of Halloween jack-o'-lantern carving has evolved in the past few years. No longer is it enough to hack out rough triangle- and square-shaped features. Pumpkins these days are elaborately carved works of art. If you're a Disney fan, celebrate your love for Mickey and his friends this Halloween with Disney-themed jack-o'-lantern stencils.

    Benefits

    Some people take Halloween decorating to the extreme with gory, gross and demonic faces illuminating pumpkins. Celebrate the holiday in a more lighthearted manner by carving Disney character faces on your pumpkins. These well-known characters are a welcome relief for children and adults who think the holiday's horror factor has gone over the top.

    Uses

    You can use your Disney pumpkins indoors or outdoors. With a pumpkin light inside, they’re all you need to create a beautiful Halloween display for your home. If you plan to travel to a Disney resort in October for one of the special Halloween events, surprise your little ones with Disney-themed jack-o'-lanterns to decorate your hotel room. Or show the jack-o'-lanterns off outside your camper at Disney campgrounds.

    Stencils

    Pumpkin Masters has made several stencil collections featuring Disney characters such as "Mickey's Pumpkin Decorating Party," "Pooh and Pals" and "World of Disney Pumpkin Kit." Others feature specific movies, such as "Monsters, Inc.," "Toy Story" or "The Nightmare Before Christmas." They also have specialty collections of princesses and villains. Pumpkin Master's kits can be found at Amazon.com. However, some Disney collections have been discontinued and might be difficult to find. Many Disney character pumpkin stencil printable pages can be found for free on the Internet (see resources below).

    Carving

    Disney pumpkin stencils are used in the same way as other pumpkin stencils. They can be used on real or synthetic pumpkins. It's best to photocopy the stencil and keep the original so you can use it again. Tape the stencil onto a pumpkin and use a thumb tack or toothpick to trace tiny holes along the lines of the design to transfer it to the pumpkin. The holes should be closely spaced so you can see the pattern easily when the stencil is removed. After you have transferred the design, use the stencil as a guide and carve out the shaded areas.

    Warning

    Remember Disney characters are copyrighted. While many pumpkin patterns are available for use in home displays, you are not allowed to sell Disney-themed carved pumpkins or use them for marketing purposes without permission from the copyright holder. You also cannot create and sell your own pumpkin patterns featuring Disney characters. Misuse of Disney characters or pumpkin patterns might have legal ramifications.