Festive Jack-O-Lanterns

Halloween / Patterns

Festive Jack-O-Lanterns

Craft a quick and easy Halloween decoration with this clever candle holder

by Lora S. Irish

Cut by John Martin

This whimsical pumpkin trio can be used in a number of ways. You can add a base and a tea light for an instant shadow-caster, cut them out of paper for a custom greeting card, scroll them from Baltic birch and add some fall colors for a unique decoration or cut individual pumpkins and add hardware for a unique pin. Start by sizing your patterns to meet your needs. The pattern provided is sized for use as a candle holder.


Assembling the Tea Light

Step 1: Cut out the base. Drill a 1 3/4″-diameter hole 1/4″ deep into the base to hold the tea light.

Step 2: Glue the base to the pumpkins. Use good-quality wood glue. Clamp the pieces overnight.

Step 3: Apply your finish of choice.


  • Wood of choice, 1/4″ thick: 5″ x 9 1/2″  (pumpkins)
  • Wood of choice, 1/2″ thick: 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″  (base)
  • Spray adhesive, transfer paper, etc.
  • Finish or paint of choice
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper


  • Blades: #1 and #5 reverse-tooth
  • Drill with bits: assorted small; 1 3/4″-diameter
  • Clamps: assorted small


About the Author

Lora lives in Maryland. Visit her digital pattern website at www.CarvingPatterns.com.