How I made my Baby Yoda pumpkin carving:
Normally I like to paint pumpkins – I don’t have to get around any sharp objects and I have done my paintings on fake pumpkins so I can keep them from year to year. But this year we actually went out to a pumpkin patch to get some real pumpkins, so we decided to try carving one! And of course when Jason asked me what I wanted to carve, the answer was baby Yoda!
The approach to doing a baby Yoda pumpkin carving was certainly different from painting it. Being ambitious I decided to create my own stencil for it, and I soon learned that there’s a lot to keep in mind! The most obvious being that you can’t have an outline connect all the way around if you want to do something in the center because otherwise the whole thing would just pop right out. So I had to leave some gaps in my carving so it would actually hold up. All in all though I think my baby Yoda pumpkin stencil turned out better than I expected.
Actually cutting out the design was a little more challenging than I remembered too. One of the reasons why I’ve favored painting pumpkins rather than carving is because I’m a bit clumsy and sharp objects are not my forte (I work with kids and we got these knives for cutting cardboard that were supposed to be injury proof… one guess as to who was the one who managed to actually cut themselves!). But I was determined to do it and with some patience I managed to get the job done. I’m really happy with how my baby Yoda pumpkin carving turned out!
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Baby Yoda Pumpkin stencil
To design my Baby Yoda pumpkin stencil I actually used my Cricut machine software. I put in a photo of Grogu that I liked and had it just do the outline for me. Then I added some gaps around the outside so that the pumpkin would (hopefully) hold its shape. I decided which details I wanted to keep, and what would actually be cut out (things like the eyes, ears, and very basic detailing of his cloak).
I didn’t actually use my Cricut to cut anything, since I’ve found that pumpkin stencils are easier to work with when you just have a piece of paper that you can pin onto your pumpkin and then cut or at least make an outline from there. But the good news is that if you want to re-create my Baby Yoda pumpkin carving I’ve the stencil I used for you below! So feel free to print that and make your own masterpiece.
Baby Yoda pumpkin stencil – get it right here! Feel free to print the stencil I created or find another one online that you like. You could also design or draw your own.
Pumpkin – of course you need a pumpkin! I highly recommend you support a local farm and make a fun day out of it. If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with a real pumpkin though you can find craft pumpkins a variety of places that are made or foam or other materials which you can carve.
Pumpkin carving tools – depending on your level of pumpkin carving expertise you may already have the basic tools you need. If you’re rather new like me you can find kits most places this time of year, like Target or CVS. You can find plenty of carving kits on Amazon too, especially if you’re looking to get detailed and need a variety of tools.
Pumpkin light – the best part is when your pumpkin is all lit up. These days we don’t want to worry about real candles and fire inside a pumpkin, so I recommend an LED light. There are actually some lights designed to be used in carved pumpkins which can be set on a timer or done by remote control. Pretty cool!
- pumpkin stencil
- caving tools/knives
- small tea light
- Print your Baby Yoda pumpkin stencil on a piece of paper or draw your own design directly onto the pumpkin.
- Remove the top of the pumpkin and scoop out all of the inside thoroughly.
- Secure the stencil to your pumpkin with pins. Either trace the design onto the pumpkin or cut directly through the stencil.
- Once you've finished the carving, put a light inside and display!
What do you think of my Baby Yoda pumpkin carving? What Disney characters would you like to carve on a pumpkin?