Easy Owl Pumpkin Carving and Painting Idea

by Tonya Staab

Our easy owl pumpkin carving idea is a mixed-media project incorporating painting and fall leaves too. It will look so pretty on your porch.

Owl pumpkin carving

This owl pumpkin carving is so easy to do it’s perfect for all ages.

a pumpkin carved and painted to look like an owl with fall leaves used as feathers
Make our pretty fall owl pumpkin to put on your front porch.


  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin carving tools
  • Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Fall leaves
  • Hot glue gun


The first step is to use a serrated knife to cut the top off your pumpkin. Once the top is off, set it to the side (don’t throw it away). Carefully scoop the seeds and pulp out of the pumpkin, and then you are ready to start carving.

Draw your owl face onto the pumpkin using a marker. Then, using the serrated knife cut over the marker to remove those sections of the face.

owl eyes that have been carved into a pumpkin
Carve the eyes and beak out of your pumpkin before decorating it with paint and leaves.

Use a flat carving tool to scrape the outside of the pumpkin off around the carved eyes. Tip: I used a small oval baking dish to make the oval shape with a marker before carving.

The next step is to paint the front of your pumpkin. Use whatever colors make you happy; for me, that was aqua, sweet pea green, and seafoam green. It took three coats of aqua paint, but then only one of the green.

Head outdoors and collect pretty fall leaves off the ground. Once your paint is dry you can attach the leaves (for wings) to the sides of your owl using hot glue.

Attach fall leaves to the sides of your pumpkin to make owl wings
Using hot glue, attach fall leaves to the side of your pumpkin to make owl wings.

To help your pumpkin last longer spread vaseline on the eyes, and then spray equal parts water and vinegar inside your pumpkin.

An owl pumpkin that has been painted and carved. Fall leaves have been attached for the wings.
This pretty owl pumpkin is perfect for decorating your porch for fall.

Another owl pumpkin carving

This is an owl pumpkin carving that I made many years ago. Yes, I do have a thing for owls.

A pumpkin carved like an owl using a stencil with a red light inside it.
An owl pumpkin carving with a red light inside it.

More owl crafts and ideas for fall

Here are more fun owl crafts and ideas that are perfect to do this fall.

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