Pumpkin Carving Part 2: Young Adult Themed Patterns

Divergent Pumpkin

UPDATE September 19, 2015: Want to learn how to carve pumpkins like these? I’m creating a set of step-by-step video tutorials. Check out Carve Awesome Pumpkins for more info!


Welcome to week 2 of my Pumpkin Carving series.  Last week, I shared tips for carving great pumpkins.  This week, I’m sharing some pumpkin carving patterns based on young adult book covers and characters.

But First — TWO Contests!

 Win a pumpkin carved with your choice of book cover! Contest ends October 15, 2012.

If you came here from Novel Novice to enter for the Paper Towns pumpkin or Divergent pumpkin, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post!

Pumpkins I’ve Carved

FREE Pumpkin Patterns

A friend asked about a pumpkin carving pattern featuring the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I couldn’t find one, so I made one myself. The lettering on the book is beautiful!  You can see a pumpkin carved with it a above.  I’m offering the pattern FREE from my blog.   Enjoy!

I found a great collection of patterns on Kate Hart’s blog.  She has a total of 20 book cover patterns available for FREE.  Some of the patterns include:

divergent pumpkin


hush hush pumpkin

Hush Hush

anna and the french kiss pumpkin

Anna and the French Kiss

hourglass pumpkin

















I think that Anna and the French Kiss pumpkin is calling my name… 😉


Vampire Diaries Pumpkin Carving Patterns

I’m updating this blog post to add these new Vampire Diaries patterns from Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils:

I’ve wanted a Damon pumpkin for a while now. It’s definitely on my carving list!


Check Out This Carving Master!

Alex the Pumpkin Geek is a professional pumpkin carver. He does some really awesome work — both in the carving and in the creation of the patterns.  If you’re interested in having Alex carve you a pumpkin, you can contact him through his website.

Next Week?

Part 3 of my Pumpkin Carving series will feature Twilight pumpkins. Check back next Sunday!

27 thoughts on “Pumpkin Carving Part 2: Young Adult Themed Patterns

  • Posted on October 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    You do such a great job on these!!

  • Posted on October 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    These are awesome! My TAB would fall in love with all of them. Program idea!

  • Posted on October 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Neat designs! 😀

  • Posted on October 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    THESE ARE AMAZING! I’m pretty intense with my pumpking carvings as well. Definitely going to have to do a YA themed one this year.

    • Posted on October 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Any idea what theme you’ll do? Will you post pictures online? 🙂

  • Posted on October 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Gorgeous work! I’m jealous, I don’t even have the artistic talent to trace your carvings. 🙂

  • Posted on October 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Two of my loves: jack-o-laterns and YA novels. Lovely work!

    • Posted on October 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you! I love when two hobbies collide. 🙂

  • Posted on October 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    This is fantastic! I love the Divergent and Beautiful Creatures pumpkin they are awesome.

  • Posted on October 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Wow, what talent, I love to carve pumpkins, I carved edward and bella from the first twilight movie a few years ago and it came out great. thanks for these.

    • Posted on October 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you! Tomorrow morning’s post will be ALL about Twilight pumpkins. 🙂

  • Posted on October 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Oh my gosh! These are awesome! I’m going to try my hand with one of the easier ones, but I doubt very much anyone will be able to tell what it is when I’m finished! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  • Posted on October 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Sara — please count this as @NCcoastgrl’s comment. She tried to comment but had technical difficulties.

  • Posted on October 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    These are so incredible! I love the idea of giving pumpkins a new decoration twist.

  • Posted on October 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    These pumpkins are amazing!!!

    Jolene and Family

  • Posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    ahhh i cant belive you made a divergent pumpkin!! talenntt.

  • Posted on October 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    My best friend and I have been doing a series of bootcamps to get ourselves into Dauntless shape. Her son was born on Halloween, and I’d love to be able to win the Dauntless pumpkin for her! It is amazing.

  • Posted on October 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    That’s insane and amazing I loved how you managed to combine literature into our culture

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  • Posted on October 26, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I was actually looking for some fresh pumpkin carving ideas and at the same time with patterns with them coz It’s really hard for me to carve freehand and i found this. Way too cool! Cheers!

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