Pumpkin Carving 101

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I truly enjoy carving pumpkins and watching classic horror movies like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. Part of my Halloween festivities, in years past, included hosting an annual party where carved pumpkins would add to the ambiance. Pumpkin carving can also be a good way to get your friends together and do something different than the usual dinner and chat session.

This Halloween, I’ve decided to kick it up a notch and carve out something more creative and challenging. Since practice makes perfect, I will spend the weekend carving out my latest attempt, a tombstone with two ghosts on either side (I’ll post pics next week). But if you’re new to the pumpkin carving game, here are a few steps to get you started:

What you’ll need:

Dremel Pumpkin Carving drill*

Keyhole saw

Newspaper – put down newspaper to ensure an easy clean-up after carving

Metal spoon – this is to clean out the pumpkin with ease

 *This drill is crucial for transferring a design from a template to the pumpkin. The drill also serves as a cheaper alternative to buying an awl, needle tool, and T-pin.

How to Carve the Pumpkin

Step 1      Cut a Hole at the Top of the Pumpkin

The first step in any pumpkin carving endeavor will require you to hallow out the pumpkin. Use a keyhole saw to cut a circular hole at the top of the pumpkin.

Step 2      Clean Out the Pumpkin

Clean out the flesh using a metal spoon. Be sure to remove the flesh, seeds, and pulp.

Step 3      Bring Your Creation to Life (mmmwwwwhahahaha)!

After completely cleaning out the pumpkin, begin carving along the lines of your template making a solid impression in the pumpkin’s flesh.

After 30 minutes, you’ll have a carved pumpkin that is sure to impress your guests and kiddies who’ll come a-knockin’ on your door looking to score some Halloween goodies!

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