The Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin Templates

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October Freebie: The Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin Carving Templates

It’s Halloween time and there’s nothing more fun than incorporating Disney character into your decorations. Bring a little bit of the magic into your home this season with these ready-to-carve Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin templates – free as the October gift from Disney Adulting. We hope you’ll have as much fun with them as we did and share all your carvings with #disneyadulting on social media so that we can like and comment.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll get — or download your free templates now for immediate access.


Jack Skellington Patterns – Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

If Jack Skellington is your favorite, we’ve got four patterns you’ll love in this collection. Carve one or carve them all.

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Sally & Zero Patterns – Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

Who didn’t love Sally and Zero? We’ve got four more adorable patterns with two of your favorite characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Oogie Boogie & More – Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

Who didn’t love Sally and Zero? We’ve got four more adorable patterns with two of your favorite characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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How to Carve your Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

 

1. SELECTING A PUMPKIN

Look for a round pumpkin that seems like the right size to fit the template you’ve chosen to carve. Look for a pumpkin with a smooth side for the design and without deep ridges.

 

2. TOOLS OF THE TRADE

You’ll also need a carving kit containing small saws with serrated teeth. You can find these pumpkin carving saws in any store that sells Halloween items. Look for carving toolkits with a poking tool and scoop. Some tape, a candle (or LED light), and a receptacle for the pumpkin guts should round out the list of what you’ll need.

 

3. HOW TO GUT YOUR PUMPKIN

Using a sturdy serrated kitchen knife, cut a lid pattern around the stem at a slight inward angle toward the middle. The angle cut ensures that your lid won’t fall back into the pumpkin when placed on top. Cutting the top as a unique shape also helps line it up correctly.

 

4. CLEAN AND THIN THE INSIDE

Select the scraper with a flat edge and scrape the inside walls of the pumpkin clean. Aim for about 1 inch of thickness on the rind where your design will be and thin the walls down as needed.

 

5. TRANSFER THE PATTERN

Cut the excess paper around the design, and tape to the pumpkin. Fit pattern around the pumpkin by creasing the paper or cutting slits into areas that do not contain design elements. Then using the poking tool (or push-pin will work as well), poke holes into the pumpkin around the pattern 1/8” to 1/4” apart. This creates a dotted line guide for your craving saw to follow.

 

6. TRICKS OF CARVING

1. Keep your blade as centered as possible to avoid odd rhine angles.
2. Work from the center out, starting with the smaller details first.
3. Leave larger shapes for last to maintain stability while you carve the details.
4. Remove pieces after you’ve made all your cuts, push or pull them out.
5. Larger sections should be cut up for ease in removing.

 

7. CLEAN UP THE DESIGN

Wash the pumpkin out in the sink to flush out any stray bits of pulp and to sharpen any lines you’ve carved. Shine a flashlight into the pumpkin and carve out any portions that aren’t letting in enough light or need further cleanup with the most fine-toothed saw in your toolkit. Then, when you are satisfied with your pumpkin, rewash it and pat dry with a paper towel.

 

8. PRESERVING CARVED PUMPKINS

Avoid dehydration and shriveled up pumpkins by coating all cuts with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Apply with your finger or a cotton swab. Wipe down your pumpkin with a paper towel to capture any excess jelly. If you do experience wrinkling, a quick soak in water should restore most designs, followed by another application of jelly.


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