Crafts, Halloween

Mary Poppins Pumpkin Carving

I love carving fun pumpkin designs on Halloween. This year I carved a Mary Poppins pumpkin, complete with her bag and umbrella.

It’s time for our yearly tradition of pumpkin carving! We love carving pumpkins together with fun designs that match our personalities.

Mary Poppins pumpkin

We are pretty nontraditional as far as our pumpkins go. No run-of-the-mill Jack-O-Laterns for us! We like to do something fun, and usually nerdy.

My husband chose to go the Star Wars route again this year. He carved the Bounty Hunter insignia this year. Only the nerdiest of children will know what it is.

Check out his Stormtrooper pumpkin from last year!

Bounty Hunter pumpkin

I chose a more fun and girly route. A Mary Poppins pumpkin. And you better believe that I was singing every Mary Poppins song out there while carving. I may or may not have even turned on the soundtrack.

Mary Poppins pumpkin

How to Carve a Mary Poppins Pumpkin

Start by selecting an image to trace onto your pumpkin. The key is to find an image without a lot of small details. It’s also best to find one that’s solid black.

I found my Mary Poppins design by searching “Mary Poppins pumpkin template.”

We both started by tracing our templates on the pumpkin using a knife. If you push the knife in along the ink line it will even transfer the ink over and make carving easier (like in my husband’s pumpkin above). Then remove the paper and get to carving!

We both used pocket knives for most of the design. Since a lot of the details were so small on mine I found that a paring knife worked best. I did mess up a bit and accidentally broke off the piece between Mary’s carpet bag and the rest of her body, but oh well. It still turned out pretty good. 

Mary Poppins pumpkin

Whether you know what my husband’s is or not, it definitely looks awesome too.ย 

Star Wars bounty hunter pumpkin

And when you put them together they look great, but don’t make any sense haha. One of our nerd friends made a joke about there being a bounty on Mary Poppins’ head. I guess her magic is a threat to the Empire. (Please ignore the sheer nerdiness of that last statement.)

Mary Poppins pumpkin

I seriously cannot wait for Halloween to show them off! I’m hoping we get lots of enthusiastic trick-or-treaters that think my Mary Poppins pumpkin is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Click here to see last year’s pumpkins!


  1. Ooh I’m still to do mine, maybe tomorrow night!

    Have you seen there is a new Mary Poppins film coming out? Saving Mr Banks, we were at the cinema last night and the trailer came on, and it had some of the original music in it, I got very excited ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

  2. They both came out so great! And you can’t tell at all that you made a mistake.

  3. did you see mary poppins on broadway?? we did and it was AMAZING AND SUPERCALAFRAGOLISTIC….well you get it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    cute pumpkins!!

  4. Love the pumpkins! I honestly wouldn’t have known that you broke off a piece if you hadn’t told me.

    We didn’t do any carving this year but we did buy two mini pumpkins ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Very cute!! We have a few little ones we may carve tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Such a fun tradition!

  6. My husband and I carved pumpkins tonight as well. It was his first time ever doing it ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Mary Poppins one is awesome!

  7. Yes! I got a mention.

    Seriously though, until I saw the original picture I just thought Mary Poppins was holding her carpet bag closer to her.

  8. fun! i’ve still never carved a pumpkin. BUT. i made progress by at least buying pumpkins at all for our porch this year. so, you know, baby steps. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Jess @ Little House. Big Heart.

    We’re carving pumpkins tonight! I can’t wait!

    To show how nerdy my husband is: he knew what Jesse’s pumpkin was and said he wanted to dress up as Mary Poppins and Bert for Halloween next year.

  10. Wow. those look incredible!!! I love the Mary Poppins one so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

  11. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    Super cute. I can’t believe Jesse hadn’t carved them before last year!
    We just carved some yesterday, and it will definitely be an annual event for us!

  12. anne @ wit wisdom and food

    I love the mary poppins pumpkin! I dressed up as her this halloween. One of my favorite movies.

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