Carved pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. I like to incorporate a pet-themed pumpkin into our Halloween and fall decorating,and my favorite decoration is my paw print carved craft pumpkin. This year, I decided to add both real pumpkins and artificial carvable craft pumpkins.
I created a paw print template in PicMonkey using their Design feature and paw print Overlay. I sized the paws to fit the pumpkins, saved the image, re-opened the image in a photo editor, and printed. It was super easy and customizable. If you want to skip straight through the design process and just print, feel free to download the template I created. Download: DIY Paw Print Pumpkin Template
|The printed template and Delia’s pumpkin, ready to be carved.|
|Cut the template to fit your pumpkin and position as desired.|
|I used a craft stylus to score the template onto the pumpkin.|
|One paw print complete….one more to go….|
|Both paw prints are scored….now on to carving. Carve your pumpkin as you normally would, then carve the paw prints using the holes as a guide. I used a pumpkin carving kit I found at our local supermarket.|
|I used battery-operated tea lights to illuminate the pumpkins. Do not use real candles in artificial pumpkins!
Artificial carve-able craft pumpkins are available at many craft/hobby stores and online. These are my personal favorite since they’re not as messy, they last forever and the design possibilities are endless. I found the tea lights at our local dollar store.
Do you add any special pet-themed decor pieces to your holiday decorating? We’d love to see what you do!