Pumpkin Carving: It is impossible to imagine a fun Halloween without cool pumpkins. Pumpkin carving is the most popular way to change you pumpkin in a great holiday decoration. A decorative pumpkin is one the main symbols of this day and that’s why almost every house is usually filled by various interesting pumpkins every Halloween. Any carved pumpkin always looks amazing and not only during the day, but also could illuminate your garden or house at night.
Below we offer a lot of different examples to help you create an awesome pumpkin decoration and to surprise all your guests. You could find as very scary pumpkins as pretty and nice ones.
There are many very simple and fun patterns, which you could try to carve yourself at home and even create a whole set of crazy pumpkins. Besides you could also see several wonderful pumpkins, which look like as real art works.
So here we have this post for all the people who love carved pumpkin, giving you all the step need to carve a Halloween Pumpkin.
How To Carve a Halloween Pumpkin
Carving a pumpkin isn’t rocket science, but it’s still wise to have a game plan. Before you lop off the top of that pumpkin and grab a handful of gooey squash guts, take a look through our basic guide to carving the best Halloween pumpkin.
Get Your Work space
First rule of pumpkin carving
Do it somewhere you don’t mind getting messy, ideally outdoors. Line your work surface (a sturdy table or the ground) with something you’ll throw away later — like butcher paper, newsprint, or my go-to, flattened brown paper grocery bags.
Simply cut down one side of the grocery bag, then cut off the base of the bag so you have a big rectangle of brown paper. Layer a few of these on the table and you’re good to go.
p with a cute, basic Jack O’Lantern with easy, no-fuss clean-up afterwards, easy and simple carving .
Use the Right Tools
Once you’ve got your work surface ready, it’s time to assemble the proper tools. You may be tempted to just use regular kitchen knives, but do yourself a favor and spend a few bucks at your local drugstore, party store, or Halloween pop-up shop and snag a pumpkin carving kit. They come with dull but effective tools that even a child can use safely, and the little blades really are easier to mane over when you’re cutting a pumpkin.
What You Need to Get Started
- Pumpkin carving tools
- Flat-edged ice cream scoop or scraper scoop
- Paring knife
- Masking tape
- Ballpoint pen
- Pushpins, corsage pins, or straight pins
- Petroleum jelly
- Tracing paper or tissue paper
Draw Before You Carve
In addition to a set of carving tools, you’ll need a pen for drawing your design onto the pumpkin, and couple big bowls — one for the seeds (the best part of pumpkin carving, in my humble opinion) and one for the rest of the pumpkin goo and throwaway bits leftover from carving. And that’s about it, really! Time to get carving, folks.
Stenciling a Pumpkin
Decide which patterns you want to use, and trace the design onto tracing paper. (Find a few free stencil patterns here!)
Tape the patterns to the pumpkin.
To transfer the patterns to the pumpkin, use a pushpin, corsage pin or the tip of the poker tool to poke holes through the paper and into the pumpkin along the design lines about 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch apart. Make sure that all of the lines have been transferred. Remove paper, and use a pen or dull-point pencil to connect the dots. Save the paper patterns to refer to while carving.
Cradle the pumpkin in your lap, and keep the pumpkin saw or small paring knife at a 90-degree angle to the pumpkin while carving. Carve from dot to dot to cut out the pattern shapes. If an older child wants to help, the saw is much safer than a knife but still requires adult supervision. Push the cut pieces into the pumpkin with your fingers. If a large piece becomes wedged, cut it into smaller pieces.
If you happen to cut through a pumpkin section by mistake, reattach the pieces with straight pins or toothpicks.
Rub all cut pumpkin edges with petroleum jelly to keep it fresh longer.
Insert a short column candle, votive or battery-operated light in the pumpkin. If the candle is not in a holder, form a holder from aluminium foil and secure the candle with a few drops of melted wax.
If candle smoke blackens the lid, cut a chimney hole in the lid top to vent the smoke and heat and preserve your design.
Don’t Throw Away the Seeds!
Whatever you do, save those pumpkin seeds! They’re so, so good roasted simply with oil and salt. Check out our tutorial on how to roast squash seeds if you need a primer. Of all the variations I’ve made over the years, my favourite combination includes just olive oil, kosher salt, and Cajun spice mix for an addictive snacking experience.
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