How to Carve a Monogrammed Pumpkin


Okay, I admit it. I love monograms. But for some reason I never take the time or money to have things monogrammed. I don’t know why. So when I started carving pumpkins this year I thought a monogrammed pumpkin was a perfect idea. You don’t need a pattern or fonts for this pumpkin. Just follow a few simple steps and you’ll have a pretty personalized pumpkin in no time.

Before carving, prep your pumpkin and gather your tools. For more helpful tips on carving, see the article, “How To Carve A Pumpkin.” Once your pumpkin is ready, grab your linoleum cutter and follow this simple steps:

Step 1: Carve a simple letter. Don’t worry about the details, just get a basic letter shape on the pumpkin.

Step 2: Thicken and stylize your letter. Gradually work outward, thickening the letter and adding any little details (or serifs) that look good to you. If you want a “typographic” style letter, just make the vertical parts thicker and the horizontal parts thinner.

Step 3: Draw a frame around your letter. Start by simply carving a simple square around your letter, leaving enough space to add more.

Step 4: Thicken and stylize your frame. Gradually working outward, thicken the frame, making some parts thicker and some thinner, and curving or extending the lines as you wish.

Step 5: Add some embellishments. A squiggle here, a curlique there. It doesn’t really matter what you add, as long as it’s symmetrical. Start with one small thing and add until it seems done.

Step 6: Enjoy!

For more tips on preserving and displaying pumpkins, see the article, “How To Carve A Pumpkin.”

If you try this out, let me know!

Love, Angela



4 responses to “How to Carve a Monogrammed Pumpkin”

  1. Angela,you make it all seem so simple. Here in Australia we don’t celebrate halloween but I am fascinated by it and have been seeing all the great decorations on blogs. I had no idea how those gorgeous jack-o-lanterns were made, now it seems obvious. They are quite amazing – do they sneak into other holiday decorations or are they strictly halloween?

  2. Lovely idea! Maybe next year you can take it easy and just throw one of my monogram stickers on your pumpkin! People have been putting them on their cars, on acrylic tubs, candles…and on everything you can’t embroider! Thanks!

  3. Michele Avatar

    I love monograms, too but because I’m not married yet, I’ve never had anything monogrammed. I figured what’s the use, I’d just have to do it all over again when my last name changed. Well, now I’m 38. Maybe it’s time to not wait until I’m married anymore, LOL. Anyway, I can at least have a monogrammed pumpkin, right?

  4. I love the idea of monogramming or spelling out words with a numbers of pumpkins. Thanks for the great idea! Love your blog. Saw you thru Hooked on Houses… I just can’t get enough of house and home.

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