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13 Simple Pumpkin Carving Tips

Traci Taylor

Maybe you’re like me- a one trick pony when it comes to carving your pumpkin. Every year I either carve the same old zipper grin on my pumpkin or draw a face on my pumpkin with markers. Maybe you want to spice things up a little.  If so, you’re in luck because I’ve got 13 creative pumpkin carving tricks that even the pumpkin cutting challenged like me can pull off.

1. Cut the top and a section in the back in one piece: It makes for easier scraping, and it’s easier to put a candle inside.

2. Use dry erase markers instead of Sharpies: So you can correct mistakes BEFORE you start carving out your design.

3. Use a cookie cutter and a mallet. Place the cookie cutter on the pumpkin and gently hit the edges of it with a mallet to cut out cool designs.

4. Trace a stencil with a nail or a tack to help with a more accurate cutting design.

5. Use glow sticks instead of candles. Not only will the glow sticks make your pumpkin multi-colored, but it also means that you won’t have to remember to blow out a candle.

6. Make holes with a power drill- think about it- your pumpkin will look like a Lite-Brite from when you were a kid. Couple that with glow sticks and think of how awesome your pumpkin would look!

7. Use glow in the dark paint and masking tape.  This is perfect if you’re somebody that doesn’t want to mess with pumpkin guts and knives.  Especially good for those with kids.

8. Try fishnet stockings: Pumpkins look sexy when covered in cool fishnet patterns. Or so I’m told.

9. Rub the inside of your pumpkin with floor cleaner.  This will keep the inside of your pumpkin from rotting.

10. Insert plastic “bubba” teeth into your pumpkin for a redneck pumpkin.

11. Use your pumpkin as a punch bowl: Hollow it out, put a bowl inside, and fill with your drink of choice.

12. Turn your pumpkin into a keg and store beer inside for your Halloween party.

13. Skip the pumpkins and go with milk jugs: No carving required! Just fill the milk jug with twinkle lights!

Traci Taylor


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