Carving a pumpkin in Minecraft is easier than you might think! There is no secret trick and it is actually really simple to do. All you need is a pair of shears and a pumpkin!

This works in every version of the game so don’t worry about checking dates and versions. By the end of this quick picture tutorial, you’ll know exactly how to make a carved pumpkin in Minecraft.

Carved pumpkins are a great way to decorate your house or base. They make for awesome decorations, especially if you’re trying to make a haunted village or castle.

Beyond decoration, these pumpkin-heads have essential uses that may surprise even seasoned players. Brace yourself as we navigate block-by-block pumpkin carving, preparing to spawn Golems and craft Jack-o-Lanterns.

1. Find a Pumpkin

While a carved pumpkin lends a rustic charm to your Minecraft abode, its uses extend beyond aesthetics. A carved pumpkin serves as the head for both Iron Golems and Snow Golems, mighty protective entities that you can create.

It also transforms into a luminous Jack-o-Lantern with a mere torch, brightening up your Minecraft nights.

We need to find a pumpkin to carve. You can find pumpkin seeds in dungeon chests, mine shaft chests, or simply growing in the wild. Pumpkins can grow in any biome as long as there is a grass block with space above it for the pumpkin to grow. While they are rare in the overworld, there are a few places that they can almost always be found.

pumpkin carved minecraft woodland mansion

Pumpkins can be found in woodland mansions.

pumpkins in a taiga village

Pumpkins generate naturally in the taiga and snowy taiga villages.

minecraft carved pumpkin ship wreck

They can be found in some shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 1-3.

The quest for a pumpkin commences. Pumpkin seeds lurk in dungeon chests, mine shaft chests, or in the wild, ready to be nurtured.

Once discovered, it’s time to commence farming. Till the land with a hoe, plant the seed, and ensure it’s hydrated with water.

With time, patience, and perhaps a sprinkle of bone meal for speedier growth, a blocky pumpkin sprouts, ready for carving.

2. Use the Shears on the Pumpkin

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Armed with shears, approach your pumpkin. Right-click (or tap on the screen for mobile, or press the left trigger on consoles) and voila!

You’ve successfully carved your pumpkin, now featuring a quirky carved face. Remember, the face’s direction is determined by the way you’re facing when carving, adding a strategic element to your placement.

the results of using shears on a pumpkin in minecraft makes a carved pumpkin

Once you’ve done that you’ve successfully carved your pumpkin!

3. Grab Your Carved Pumpkin!

Having carved your pumpkin, a quartet of pumpkin seeds will appear in your inventory, a future generation of pumpkins to cultivate. The carved pumpkin stands proud and ready to collect. Wield an axe or another tool to free it and claim your prize.

If you want to turn your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern it’s even simpler. Just go to a crafting table or even your inventory and place your pumpkin in the squares with a torch directly below it.

Now not only do you know how to make a carved pumpkin in Minecraft, but you also know how to make Jack-o-lanterns in Minecraft! Go wild, decorate your house or a spooky mansion!

If you fancy giving your pumpkin a luminous upgrade, the path is straightforward. Position your carved pumpkin on a crafting table, and with a torch placed directly below it, you’ll create a charming Jack-o-Lantern.

Apart from adding a warm glow to your buildings, Jack-o-Lanterns serve as excellent underwater lighting due to their water-resistant light.

Advanced Uses of Carved Pumpkins

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The potential of a carved pumpkin in Minecraft extends well beyond the creation of Golems or crafting Jack-o-Lanterns. The applications are as limitless as your creativity allows. Here are a few ideas to take your Minecraft gameplay to another level:

  • Thematic Decorations: Pumpkins are not just for Halloween! Carved pumpkins can be used to create a unique ambiance for different themes within your Minecraft world. Planning a spooky, horror-themed adventure?
    Dot your landscape with carved pumpkins for that eerie touch. Maybe a rustic, farm-style theme is more your style. A few strategically placed pumpkins can help achieve the desired look.
  • Adventure Maps: Consider incorporating carved pumpkins into your adventure maps. Use them as trail markers, hidden clues, or puzzle pieces.
    Design a pumpkin maze or a treasure hunt with carved pumpkins as the coveted treasure. You could also host a ‘Capture the Pumpkin’ game, a fun variant on the popular ‘Capture the Flag’.
  • Minecraft Parties: With in-game multiplayer capabilities, hosting Minecraft parties can be an entertaining way to engage with friends.
    A pumpkin carving contest could be an innovative and enjoyable activity. Everyone gets a set amount of time to grow and carve their pumpkins, and the player with the most creative or intricate design is the winner!
  • Mobs in Disguise: Did you know you can place a carved pumpkin on almost any mob in Minecraft? From chickens to zombies, giving mobs a carved pumpkin head can lead to some amusing visuals. This could be a funny way to confuse or surprise your friends in a multiplayer game.
  • Golem Army: If you’re feeling ambitious, why not construct an army of Iron Golems or Snow Golems to defend your land?
    With carved pumpkins as their heads, these golems can act as the protectors of your territory, lending a sense of safety and security.
  • Underwater Exploration: As Jack-o-Lanterns are resistant to water, they make for an excellent source of underwater lighting.
    Use them to create an underwater trail, to light up your underwater base, or to simply enjoy an undersea night-time exploration.


Now you’re well-equipped to carve pumpkins in Minecraft, ready to spawn Golems or illuminate the landscape with Jack-o-Lanterns. Get creative, experiment with your newfound knowledge, and most importantly – have fun.

Stay tuned for our forthcoming guide on Minecraft turtle breeding, and meanwhile, feel free to share your pumpkin-inspired creations with us.

If you liked this post check out our other tip on how to breed turtles in Minecraft! If only we could put the jack-o-lanterns on the turtles.