Every Halloween when we start carving a pumpkin using a stencil, we always have the same thought, “Why is this so darn hard?” There’s a lot that goes into creating the perfect jack o’lantern, and honestly, it’s a big, messy job that most of us just aren’t cut out for. But before you throw down your carving tools in protest this year, hear us out. Maybe the problem isn’t you but with the stencils you use. There are some seriously impressive pumpkin stencils out there that look like they were chiseled by Michelangelo himself. But for us average folks who need something a bit easier, fortunately, there are simple design ideas for 2017 that literally anyone can do.

Below we created super easy pumpkin stencils that are 100 percent free for you to use. All you have to do is print them out and place the stencil up against your pumpkin (spritz it with water to keep it in place). Next, trace the pattern by poking holes into your pumpkin where the black lines are. Once you’re done with that, carve/cut around your tracing. For you visual learners out there, we carved a pumpkin using our Kim Kardashian “cry face” stencil. Watch the video below to see how simple it is to recreate.

Make sure you have the necessary carving tools on hand (we personally love
these from Amazon
), otherwise you’re not going to get further than disemboweling your pumpkin — which, honestly, might somehow make a disgustingly appropriate decoration, too. Whatever the case, remember: the black parts are what you’re cutting out. Good luck — you’re gonna need it.

Witch pumpkin stencil

pumpkin stencil witch

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Where my witches at?? This stencil is cute and stupidly simple.

Minions pumpkin stencil

pumpkin stencil minion

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This is a highly-requested stencil, but many of the available versions online are too hard for newbies to carve, so we made our own.

Scary Fangs Pumpkin Stencil

pumpkin stencil scary fangs

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Are those Kylie Jenner‘s lips?

House Stark Pumpkin Stencil

pumpkin stencil house stark

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Specifically for Game of Thrones fans — let that nerd flag fly!

Cheshire cat pumpkin stencil

pumpkin stencil cheshire cat

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Just as creepy as the original Cheshire cat. Make sure you have something close to an exacto knife to get in between those teeth!

Kim’s “Cry Face” Pumpkin Stencil

pumpkin stencil face kimk

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We’re clearly aware that faces are hard to carve, but if you’re up to the challenge, your KimK pumpkin will be the most popular one on the block.

Letter Pumpkin Stencil

pumpkin stencil words

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Letters are also might be a little challenging for newbies, but if you want to give it a go anyway, this stencil is as simple as they come.

Looking for more super easy pumpkin stencils? Visit our sister sites to learn how to make cool pumpkin carvings of Harry Potter, owls, and more.