If you’re trying to create a mid-century style Halloween front porch, you need pumpkin carving stencils with serious retro vibes. And nothing says mid-century modern like Sputniks and mod cats!
As I was decorating my Halloween front porch this year, I created Sputnik and mod cat pumpkin carving stencils perfect for any mid-century house. These retro jack o’lanterns are easy and fun to carve.
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Mod Cat Pumpkin Carving Stencil
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.
It’s basically a bowling pin body, with football head, eyes and pupils, plus triangle ears and an S-shaped tail.
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 kit like this, 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.
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
Every atomic ranch needs Sputniks. This pumpkin gives your Halloween front porch major mid-century modern style with a Sputnik, starbursts and polka dots.
You can turn the stencil to be tall or wide. I turned it 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 recreate. 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.
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!
Looking for more ideas? Check out the rest of my retro Halloween front porch.