Take Pumpkin Carving to the Next Level with Spooky Eyeball Pumpkins

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spooky eyeball pumpkins displayed on counter

Looking for a cool pumpkin carving idea for Halloween?

Consider creating this unique eyeball pumpkin by fitting a smaller white pumpkin inside a larger orange one for a cool 3D effect! It’s actually pretty easy to do, yet looks super fancy and clever.

If you’re ready to up your pumpkin carving game this year, try this easy Halloween craft!

small eye carved pumpkin diy

Big or small, you’ll LOVE this spooky eyeball!

You can pull off this idea with large or small pumpkins. This would be a fun group craft to do this fall, and I love the idea of creating a bunch of eyeball pumpkins at various heights and using them to decorate a tablescape for a Halloween party!

white and orange pumpkins

A few tips when trying this spooky eye pumpkin carving technique:

  • Wipe off the white pumpkin well before drawing or painting. The Sharpie markers won’t stay on if it’s wet from the pumpkin guts, so have a towel close by to wipe dry first.
  • Walmart has a great selection of fresh pumpkins for this project. I went to 3 stores before finding the correct size. I’m sure you could also use faux craft pumpkins if desired instead, and then you’ll be able to re-use again next year.

carving a hole in the back of pumpkin

carving an eye into a pumpkin with a knife

drawing eye details on a white pumpkin

carving eye pumpkins using two pumpkins

DIY Carved Eyeball Pumpkins


Supplies Needed

  • large-sized orange pumpkin
  • slightly smaller-sized white pumpkin
  • carving knife
  • Sharpie markers or paint



Carve a hole on the backside of the orange pumpkin, large enough so the white pumpkin can fit inside. Remove the stem from the white pumpkin first. Remove all the seeds and insides of the orange pumpkin.


Carve an eye shape on the front of the orange pumpkin, making sure the size is slightly smaller than the white pumpkin. Carve eyelash embellishments, if desired.


Insert white pumpkin into the orange one and use a Sharpie to draw a black pupil and eye ball details. That’s it!

pumpkin inside of a pumpkin carved eyes
How cute are these eyeball pumpkins?!

I love the stunning results of this project, and it makes me want to make a bunch as fun DIY Halloween decor.

Carving pumpkins is not my best talent, and I was initially a little nervous this idea wouldn’t work out, but I’m happy to report this 3D eye pumpkin carving project was a success. Happy carving!

Use the stem of a pumpkin as the nose for another creative carving idea!

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 15

  1. Kate

    Fun idea! We’ll have to try this!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Kate! Yes so fun!!

  2. Amanda M

    This is so awesome, I am obsessed with Halloween eye decor, target and the dollar store had so many cute ones this year, this will fit in perfectly!! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh hooray! Have so much fun!

  3. Cherri

    Dollar Tree has large blood shot eyes and cat eyes that would work in this. Already bought some to try it.

    • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for letting us know about the finds at Dollar Tree. Good luck crafting, Cherri!

  4. Nad Kat

    that is so cool

  5. Curious

    How do you insert? The white pumpkin is too big to go in through the whole, no?

  6. Blanca

    That’s a great idea .. totally stealing it

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes please do! Have so much fun!

  7. laster

    i like it
    really cool
    i am gonna try
    i will have lots of fun too 🙂

    • laster

      make a vid of it that would be cool

    • lastyn

      like the idea
      it is cool

  8. lastyn

    I am trying it right after school is done

  9. lastyn

    like the idea
    it is cool so I
    am trying it

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