Tuesday’s Tips – Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks

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 This weekend we are going to our local pumpkin patch to pick up a few pumpkins.  I have a love-hate relationship with carving pumpkins.  I love decorating my front yard with Jack O’ Lanterns but I do not enjoy the prep work that comes with carving pumpkins.  I’m not a huge fan of hollowing them out and the mess that comes with pumpkin carving.

Pumpkin Carving - Tips and Tricks

I’ve rounded up a few clever Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks that really left me thinking – “Why didn’t I think of that!”

pumpkin carving tips and tricks

Tip #1 – What a clever way to hollow out a pumpkin.  This will prevent the lid from falling into the pumpkin and you’ll have more room to put your hand inside.

pumpkin carving tips and tricks

Tip #2 – I also love this idea from Happy Hooligans.  Cut the base of the pumpkin and clean it that way.

Pumpkin Carving - Dry Erase Markers

Tip #3 – Use a dry erase marker or washable marker instead of a sharpie to draw your designs on your pumpkin.  Duh!!  I can’t believe I never thought of this simple tip.  I always have visible sharpie lines all over my carved pumpkins but not this year.


Tip #4 – Forgot to pick up a pumpkin carving kit?  Download and print tons of free design templates online.  Use an ice cream scoop to clean out your pumpkin and a a push pin or nail to your transfer your design onto the pumpkin.  You can also use a keyhole saw to carve out your design.

pumpkin carving tips and tricks

Tip #5 – After you’ve traced your design and poked all your holes, rub baby powder over your pumpkin so you can see the design.  Makes carving the pumpkin so much easier.

pumpkin carving tips and tricks

Tip #6 – Forget carving pumpkins with a knife – using a drill sounds so much easier.  Thanks Andrea for the awesome idea.

pumpkin carving tips and tricks

Tip #7 – The fabulous Anna from Ask Anna has a great tip for keeping your pumpkin from molding.  Use silica gel packs.  Now I know what to use these things for since I usually just throw them away.

pumpkin carving tips and tricks

I think this might be the best idea yet!

Tip #8 – Use glow sticks to illuminate your carved pumpkin.  Genius!!

Now, it’s your turn.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for carving pumpkins?

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  1. Love all the tips!! I can’t believe I didn’t think of some of them. Thanks so much!! Can’t wait to start carving 🙂