Halloween Tiger Pumpkin Craft

Carve this ferociously cute tiger pumpkin for Halloween to guard your goodies.

tiger pumpkin

Opt for a spooky tiger pumpkin instead of the standard jack-o-lantern for your front porch or as a party decoration.


You’ll need:

  • Serrated knife Pumpkin (about 9" tall and 8" wide)
  • Large spoon Printer and plain white paper
  • Mask template (download at allyou.com/tiger-mask)
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • 1 sheet black craft foam
  • White chalk
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Orange rickrack, 16" long
  • Felt-tip marker
  • Carving knife
  • 6 regular black pipe cleaners
  • Pair of 15-millimeter cat eyes
  • Giant chenille pipe cleaner (at craft stores)
  • Glue dots (optional)
  • LED candle 
  • Bowl, about 5" diameter



1. Cut a 3" circle in bottom of pumpkin using serrated knife. Use spoon to remove pulp.
2. Print mask template and cut out with scissors, then cut out eye holes with X-acto knife. Place template on craft foam and trace around it in chalk. Cut out mask with scissors and eye holes with X-acto knife. Glue rickrack along top edge of mask; trim ends.
3. Press mask against pumpkin and trace around eye holes with felt-tip marker. Remove mask. Cut out eye holes on pumpkin with carving knife. Draw nose and mouth on pumpkin; carve out.

4. Glue mask to face, aligning mask eye holes with pumpkin eye holes. For whiskers, glue 3 regular pipe cleaners on either side of nose; trim.
5. Use hot glue or glue dots to adhere an eye to bottom edge of eye hole in pumpkin. Cut giant chenille pipe cleaner into 2 8" pieces. Fold into triangles and glue to pumpkin on either side of stem for ears.
6. Place LED candle on inverted bowl. Place hole in pumpkin over LED.


**Take a shortcut: Save time by using a store-bought mask instead of making one yourself.