2012 Pumpkin-Carving Contest Winners
You amazed us once again with your imagination and artistic talents! Check out the finalists and Grand-Prize Winner in our 5th annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Yet again, we received an amazing array of gourds in our 5th-annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, including life-sized creations, traditional jack-o'-lanterns, 3D faces, and more.
But before we get started, we have to tip our hat to Jonathan P. from North Providence, Rhode Island, for sending us his This Old Witch's House pumpkin. Thanks for making us part of your Halloween celebrations.
Now, click through to see the top 25 pumpkins from the 2012 contest, including the $500 Grand Prize Winner!
"Using a knife and a Dremel tool, I cut the doorway and windows, then made window planters out of the scraps. I used the Dremel tool to carve the shutters and the 'Enchanted Cottage' above the door. I dried the pumpkin seeds to create the arbor over the door. I placed a princess inside the pumpkin and used tiny dried flowers for the window planters."
"I am a huge fan of Halloween Wars and for myself I wanted to create a one eyed pumpkin eating monster! Took me around four to five hours to complete. Used clay sculpture tools and a kitchen knife to get the end result."
"This scale model pumpkin statue was created over the course of about a week. I originally designed it on paper, creating early concept art in Inkscape and the GIMP. I then made a 3D rendering in Wings 3D, from which I began construction on the frame, which was then wrapped in chicken wire. 10 pumpkins were cleaned out and smashed to create the rocky exterior. These pieces were sewn onto the chicken wire using pliers, wooden skewers, and beading wire. A final pumpkin was carved to create the head. A pair of shorts was cut down the back and sewn around the legs of The Thing. The whole thing was lit using a single 55W 5500K 6200-lumen bulb."
"I picked out 2 large pumpkins with flat sides and long stems, and 2 small squash. I cut holes big enough to wedge the squash into, and used wood carving tools to make the shallow designs (the teeth, eye sockets and expressive lines) and a paring knife to cut the eye and mouth cavities."
"This is my first attempt at carving a pumpkin and its a real pumpkin, too! I used a kitchen knife, wood carving tools, some steel wool, and a grout tool. Basically whatever I had lying around the house. I know its not a scary pumpkin, but who says pumpkins can't be elegant too?"
"My pumpkin carving is of a fall tree house with a full moon. I love to sculpt and wanted to use almost every type of material from paint, wire, fabric, Styrofoam (moon), carving tools, and a lot more. I used two pumpkins the bottom one being a 53 pound pumpkin and the top one being 15 pounds. I didn't just want to carve a pumpkin but to also create a story behind it. It worked and is by far my greatest creation I've done so far."
Mt Pleasant, PA
"This character is from the movie Pan's Labyrinth. I used clay loops for peeling the pumpkin and a jigsaw to cut out the hands from another pumpkin. The hands were attached to the face with wooden skewers. Most of the detailed carving is done with an X-Acto knife."
"This is the first time I've ever been creative with a pumpkin. I'm super excited about how great it turned out. I carved my unzipped pumpkin using things from around the house: a paring knife, a paint scraper, a razor blade, a screwdriver, and a cheese grater."
"I always wanted to do a 'scene' type pumpkin and have always loved covered bridges. This seemed to fit perfectly along with This Old House also. I used an X-Acto knife, linoleum cutter, a pointed tool that I fabricated, various small wood carving tools and a little plastic rake that I got from an old pumpkin carving kit years ago. This is carved on a real jumbo pumpkin."
"This carving is my own design. First I sketched the face with a dry erase marker. Then carved it using your typical pumpkin saw, regular razor blade and an X-Acto knife. Then I painted the pumpkin using acrylic paint."
West covina, CA
"I didn't hollow this one out—since it's more about being fleshy and gross and not lit from within. I used a paring knife and a few random clay tools."
"I carved a scared mini pumpkin and took a photo of it next to a can of pumpkin puree! I used X-Acto blades to carve it out. I also carved out the lower back portion so the hanging uvula could be seen and the open space looks like a dark shadow, as if the throat went down, giving the pumpkin 3D depth."
"I was thinking of what made my kids run and hide, and this idea popped into my brain. Carved with an X-Acto knife."
"This was my first attempt to carve a 3D pumpkin so it took a lot longer than I expected. I used an X-Acto knife and potato peeler for most of the work. After hollowing it out I dropped an LED flashlight inside so it would shine out the gills."
"This working pumpkin clock was carved using a variety of tools, including a hand drill fitted with a hole saw and a Dremel tool for finer detail. It features scary glowing eye balls at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock and skeleton hands marking the remaining hours. The black crow, spider webs, and glowing skull add to the spooky Halloween setting."
New Albany, OH
"My pumpkin carving is a creature-like thing. I used traditional wood carving tools, as well as a knife, clay tools, and airbrushed acrylic paint."
West Hills, CA
"My wife thinks its so funny to see the kid inside of me come out every time we leave a store and pass in front of a toy grabber arcade game. I always get the urge to reach in my pockets and drop a quarter in, but very rarely actually ever play.
"The main pumpkin (operator) is a regular large pumpkin with tree branch arms. Hanging by a chain the claw (grabber) is carved from a medium size pumpkin. And the ones in the box (prizes) are the smaller decorative pumpkins. The arcade game display built of wood, painted and then decorated with orange Halloween lights. This entire design and display was hand made and created by myself. The tools I used were small pear knives, a Logan Graphic knife, and mostly just a pocket style folding razor-blade knife."
Lake Charles, LA