How to Carve a Pumpkin in Minecraft

In Short
  • To carve a pumpkin in Minecraft, you'll need a pair of shears and a pumpkin.
  • Place the pumpkin in the world and right-click it with shears, or use the secondary action button. It will turn into a carved pumpkin and you'll get pumpkin seeds back.
  • You can find carved pumpkins in woodland mansions and outside pillager outposts.

As is already known, you can wear helmets on your head to give you extra protection. But did you know you can also put a carved pumpkin on your head in Minecraft? And no, it is not only for the silly appearance. Besides that, carved pumpkins have many other applications, which make them quite useful. Today, in this guide though, we will teach you how to carve a pumpkin and where to find it in your Minecraft world.

Required Resources

In order to carve a pumpkin, you will need just to get a couple of items. Those are:

Apart from growing and harvesting your pumpkins, you can also only find them in the wild. They generate as patches or blobs in most Minecraft biomes in the Overworld. You can easily break them with your hands, but the axe is the preferred tool.

If you want pumpkins in bulk, consider making a pumpkin farm. Shears can be crafted in the 2 x 2 crafting grid in the player’s inventory using two iron ingots. Simply place the ingots diagonally from each other, as shown in the image below.

Crafting recipe for shears in Minecraft

Iron ingots are generated in loot chests across multiple structures. Moreover, you can easily make them yourself, by smelting the raw iron in a Minecraft furnace or blast furnace. Breaking iron ore with at least a stone-tier pickaxe will yield raw iron. And if you’ve already got yourself the fortune Minecraft enchantment, you have a chance to triple the raw iron output.

How to Carve a Pumpkin: A Step by Step Guide

If you collected the two basic necessities, let’s learn how to carve a Minecraft pumpkin. Follow the step by step process explained below to accomplish just that.

  • Select the pumpkin on your hotbar and right click the ground or any side of a block to place it in your world.
Placing a pumpkin in the world
  • Then, you will want to select the shear and simply right-click the pumpkin.
  • By doing so, the pumpkin texture will instantly turn into a carved pumpkin, and you’ll receive four pumpkin seeds in item form.
  • After that, you can collect the carved pumpkin by breaking it with a hand or an axe.
Shearing a pumpkin to make a carved pumpkin in Minecraft

Find a Carved Pumpkin in Minecraft World

The most reliable way of obtaining a carved pumpkin is by shearing the regular pumpkin. But, you can bypass the whole process if you can find this item in your world. So, the places you can stumble upon a carved pumpkin in Minecraft are:

  • Woodland Mansions
  • Pillager Outposts

Woodland mansions contain fairly strange rooms where a carved pumpkin can generate in. When it comes to the pillager outposts, you’ll often see the carved pumpkins on top of hay bales surrounding the main structure, serving as practice dummy heads.

Though, you cannot really get a substantial number of these blocks unless you locate and raid plenty of the mentioned structures. So, we recommend you stick with making the carved pumpkin yourself.

Naturally generated carved pumpkins outside of a pillager outpost

So that’s all we have to share on how to carve a pumpkin in Minecraft and where to find it. If you’re wandering why should you even have carved pumpkins, feel free to check out our separate guide on the uses of a carved pumpkin to find out more. However, that’s it for now. This block is fairly easy to get, so you shouldn’t have any difficulties with it.

Why can’t I carve a pumpkin?

If you try to carve a pumpkin on a crafting table, it won’t work. You have to carve it with shears while it’s in the world.

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