Make some DIY magic.

As All Hallow’s Eve draws near, it’s the time of year for a trip to the pumpkin patch and an afternoon spent carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns and magical creatures. If you’re stumped on how to turn an ordinary gourd into something spectacular (or, ahem, spook-tacular), let these easy carving ideas inspire you. A fairy house will look magical in the garden, while an elegant leaf design will invite visitors up to the front porch. By following bloggers’ tips and how-tos for creating each project, you’re sure to carve a pumpkin you’ll be proud to set out on Halloween night. For those with more pumpkin carving experience, allow these ideas to spark your creativity, then let your imagination run wild. Several of these projects call for tools outside the typical paring knife (think, power drills and craft knifes) and the designs go beyond the classic toothy jack-o’-lantern grin. Don’t be scared, these creative pumpkin carving ideas are easier than they look.

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