Mid-Century Modern Pumpkin Carving Stencils (Cats & Sputniks!)

Is there anything more mid-century modern than atomic cats and Sputniks? Create your retro Halloween with these fun and easy pumpkin carving stencils.

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Mod Cat Pumpkin Carving Stencil

Mid-century modern atomic cat pumpkin carving stencil

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I had to have a mod cat pumpkin, of course. I used the general shapes from my mod kitty painting tutorial to create this pumpkin stencil.

Mid-century modern cat pumpkin carving stencil

If you haven’t used a pumpkin stencil before, it’s simple. Just tape the pattern to the pumpkin, creasing it along the edges to help shape it flat against the rounded pumpkin.

Then poke holes along the pattern with a poking tool from a carving tool set, remove the pattern and follow your dotted lines to carve out the pieces. On my patterns, the gray sections are the areas you’re carving out.

Carving a mid-century modern cat pumpkin with a stencil

For the mod cat pumpkin, I recommend carving the eyes first so you have a solid surface (before the head is carved out and less stable). Then carve the piece above the head, then along each side on the bottom.

That’s it, so easy!

Sputnik Pumpkin Carving Stencil

Mid-century modern Sputnik and atomic starburst pumpkin carving stencil

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Every atomic ranch needs Sputniks. This pumpkin gives your Halloween front porch major mid-century modern style with a Sputnik, starbursts and polka dots.

Sputnik style pumpkin on mid-century modern front porch

You can rotate the stencil to be tall or wide. I chose wide for this pumpkin. And you could even cut out the different shapes and rearrange them to customize the look.

Space Age Polka Dot Jack-O’-Lantern

This one’s not a stencil but a super easy pumpkin to create. Grab an electric drill and carefully drill various sizes of holes randomly spaced around your pumpkin.

I used a half-inch drill bit and a quarter-inch drill bit to create this look. And it was fun! This is the quickest way to carve a pumpkin, and with the cutest results.

Space age polka dot style pumpkin for a mid-century modern front porch
The Portland weather came through with a wonderfully dreary day for photographing jack-o’-lanterns.

The little polka dots look like space age stars, the perfect partner to your Sputnik pumpkin. And you could combine the two looks by adding more polka dots to the Sputnik pattern. Mix and match!

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Mid-century style Halloween front porch with mod cat and polka dot pumpkins

Retro Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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Retro pumpkin carving stencils - sputnik and atomic kitty

6 thoughts on “Mid-Century Modern Pumpkin Carving Stencils (Cats & Sputniks!)”

  1. These are sooo cool!!! I seriously need to find some pumpkins now! And a drill!😉 Okay, not a drill. I do not trust myself with a drill.
    I love that you made us stencils to use! You’re the coolest. Thank you!

    • Haha it is easy to get carried away with the drill because it’s too much fun drilling pumpkins! But there are so many cool, intricate patterns I’ve seen people do with the drill. The mod cat and Sputniks are good for classic carving, though, and I think they’ll be cute at your place!


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