Crafts, Halloween

Stormtrooper Pumpkin Carving – Carve Em Out, Carve Em Out

Love Star Wars? For Halloween, we created a fun Star Wars stormtrooper pumpkin carving to decorate our front porch.

Yes, that title is a cheesy reference to T.I. Don’t judge me.

Growing up my family always went pumpkin picking and together as a family we would carve our pumpkins for Halloween, it’s one of those fond memories of childhood that makes me smile.

My husband’s family wasn’t really big on carving pumpkins, so he couldn’t even remember when the last time he carved a pumpkin was. That was absolutely unacceptable to me, so to the pumpkin patch bin, we went!

After a lot of thought, we decided that a Star Wars pumpkin was perfect for us! My husband really wanted to carve a Stormtrooper. We found a great Stormtrooper face template using a Google image search.

How to Make a Stormtrooper Pumpkin Carving

The template we chose didn’t have a full outline of the Stormtrooper helmet. It was mostly just the face. That kept this design easy to do, but still recognizable.

We bought a neat little kit with a tool that pokes little holes in the pumpkin as you trace the outline. 

stormtrooper pumpkin carving

Then we got to work carving out our designs! We found that using a pocket knife and a spoon worked WAY better than the shaving tools from our $4 kit. Go figure since the tool that poked tiny holes was so useful.

We decided to shave out most of the pumpkin. But we left a thin layer of pumpkin rather than carving out holes. It makes the pumpkin look better in the daylight. But it doesn’t glow as bright at night.

stormtrooper pumpkin carving

The Stormtrooper pumpkin came out really well. It’s a perfect representation of our household a Star Wars pumpkin ๐Ÿ˜‰ The next picture was at night, so it kinda sucks but it needed to be shown.

stormtrooper pumpkin carving

Now my husband is hooked on pumpkin carving and can’t wait to make more elaborate ones next year. I’m good with it especially if it means more pumpkin seeds to roast and eat. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

stormtrooper pumpkin carving

Have you carved pumpkins this year? Did you use them to decorate in a different way?

Check out some of my other pumpkin carvings!


  1. They look great, I am very impressed. Whenever I have made them we go all the way through the pumpkin but these ones look great with the glow. We usually use a marker pen to draw our design but the knife we use is never neat enough to stick to it. Oooh I might have to go buy a pumpkin, it’s been years since we have done it!!


  2. It’s been YEARS since I carved a pumpkin. We always cut all the way thru ours, but I love the glow of yours!

  3. Nice work! We carved pumpkins a few years ago. It was messy. Neither of us enjoyed it. Getting old is hard. ;P

  4. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    I love how both pumpkins turned out! I’m not sure that we’re going to get around to carving pumpkins this year – but since it’s so messy and we don’t use the pumpkin seeds, I’m not super upset about it. Maybe I could buy a faux pumpkin and carve that?

  5. Haha very cute!!

  6. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    I especially love the “R”!

  7. They came out awesome! I would have never known it was so easy to carve custom designs as just poking holes as outlines. Sometimes I’m a little slow.

    And I honestly can’t even remember the last time I carved a pumpkin. There’s use to be nothing stopping me but now I don’t have an outside to display them.

  8. Cute pumpkins! The storm trooper looks pretty cool glowing in the dark ๐Ÿ™‚ Hubby and I carved pumpkins a while back, but we hardly had any trick-or-treaters so we haven’t bothered since then. We’ve been getting more kids coming to the door the last few years, so maybe we should get our knives out and carve a couple of pumpkins this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Diana @ Boy + Girl

    Oh I love the R pumpkin! I haven’t carved mine yet. I’m thinking later this week or the beginning of next.

  10. Very cute! I love carving pumpkins… we did it this weekend also! So fun!

  11. Love this! We carve pumpkins every year but we always cut right through them. I love the idea of carving them like that though- just haven’t got around to trying it. This is the year- I can feel it! haha.

    I love that little outline tool you have! Going to have to try to find one of those! We will likely carve ours this weekend or early next week for Halloween.

  12. They look great! We have carved pumpkins this year…last night actually! I like the idea that you didn’t carve all the way through them! Definitely should try that next year.

  13. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family

    Y’all did great! I think the last time I carved a pumpkin was in college. I used to draw elaborate designs on them that resembled an oriental lantern. Then I would carve just the outer part… like yours to give it a nice glow. It was fun but definitely a lot of work. Maybe next year when Noah is older we will give it another try.
    I have to say yours is my favorite between the two of yours. Sorry, Jesse.

  14. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    They turned out great! I haven’t carved a pumpkin in a few years. I think we may have to carve some this coming weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. They look awesome! I love the monogram. Carving pumpkins was always a big family thing when I was a kid too!

  16. They turned out so great! We haven’t carved pumpkins yet, so I doubt we will this year. ๐Ÿ™ Maybe next year!!

  17. You’ve got patience – I can barely get all the seeds scooped out! Love the R!

  18. LOVE the monogram R. I haven’t carved pumpkins in a few years…but wish I could! No time with being in school. And no space either! Boo ๐Ÿ™ Yours look great!

  19. holy star wars! that is SOOO cool!!!

  20. Love the post title. They turned out great!

  21. I love the monogram. We just carved for the first time this year and it is kind of addicting!

  22. I love how three turned out. Very cute.

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