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.
I’ve rounded up a few clever Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks that really left me thinking – “Why didn’t I think of that!”
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.
Tip #2 – I also love this idea from Happy Hooligans. Cut the base of the pumpkin and clean it that way.
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.
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.
Tip #6 – Forget carving pumpkins with a knife – using a drill sounds so much easier. Thanks Andrea for the awesome idea.
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.
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?