Introduction: Pumpkin Carving of a Wolf

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This step-by-step guide will tell you how to carve a fantastic wolf pumpkin for Halloween!

This can be used alongside my instructional video.


You will need:

  • The template (large or small depending on the size of your pumpkin)
  • A bowl
  • A pumpkin with at least one smooth side
  • Pumpkin carving tools or a utility knife
  • Serrated knife (optional)
  • Wood boring drill bits - one large, one small
  • Large metal spoon - if needed
  • Pen

Step 1: Drawing the Design

After downloading the wolf template, cut out and remove the grey areas on the template for the wolf.

Cut out the star shapes.

Stick/ hold the wolf template onto the pumpkin and trace around the shape using a pen.

Use the star templates to draw them around the rest of the pumpkin as desired.

Draw a circle around the pumpkin stem at the top for the lid.

Step 2: Carve Out the Lid

With your carving tool or utility knife, carve out the outline of the lid.

Angle the blade inwards to that the lid can sit on top once it's cut.

Remove the lid with a sturdy knife or flat handle of a spoon and cut off the seeds.

Scoop out the seeds and the pumpkin 'hair' using a pumpkin scoop or a metal spoon.

Make sure to scrape it thoroughly.

Step 3: Carve the Wolf Design

Using your carving tools or utility knife, start carving out the shapes.

*Be careful when cutting around the legs of the wolf, if you cut them too much, there won't be much to support the wolf and it will start to quickly collapse*

Carve out the moon shape and once it is all carved, remove the pieces.

Trim around the inside of the shapes so that it provides a better effect when the pumpkin is lit up.

Step 4: Carving the Stars

Carve out the stars around the rest of the pumpkin. They can be quite fidgety so take your time.

You can also use the handle of a spoon to push out the pieces you have cut.

Using the drill bits, you can start to drill holes representing smaller stars around the pumpkin.

Twist the drill bits into the pumpkin until it goes all the way through then twist it out to make sure the hole is properly done.

You can also use an electric drill on a slow setting but please be careful in case it slips.

Step 5: Trimming the Lid (if Needed)

Once everything is carved, place the lid on top of the pumpkin.

Check to see if it is visible through the large hole in the pumpkin.

If it is, remove the lid and trim it down enough that you can't see it. Do not trim it too thin as it may collapse easily if you are using a candle inside the pumpkin.

Step 6: Light Your Pumpkin and Enjoy!

Place a candle inside the pumpkin and light it using a long match or a safety firelighter.

You could even use a portable LED candles or an LED light.

You can buy ones that are made for use outdoors if you are placing your pumpkin outside.

Last of all, turn off the lights and enjoy! The shapes will cast lovely patterns all over the walls!