Would you like to know how I carve pumpkins? I don't. No, really. I'm so awful at carving pumpkins, but I know the day isn't far away when I'll have to suck it up and get to carving because buying a pumpkin with a pre-painted face isn't going to impress my son for much longer.

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If your kids have been begging you to carve a pumpkin with them and you have no idea where to start, these carving tricks will help even the most pumpkin cutting challenged to pull it off!

  • 1

    Make a Back Cut

    Cut off the top and then cut off a section in the back. It'll make it so much easier to scrape out the guts and to put a candle inside.

  • 2

    Use Dry Erase Markers

    Use dry erase markers to map out your design. Most people grab a sharpie, but they don't wipe off if you make a mistake. A dry-erase marker will wipe off.

  • 3

    Use a Cookie Cutter

    Use a cookie cutter and a mallet to cut out designs. Hold the cookie-cutter (metal works best) to the pumpkin and tap the edges with a mallet to cut out cool designs. If you don't have a mallet, you can use a hammer, but remember- TAP the cookie cutter, don't pound it.

  • 4

    Try a Stencil

    Have a stencil? Trace the stencil it with a nail or a tack- almost like playing a game of connect the dots. Tracing it out will make the pumpkin easier to cut.

  • 5

    Glow Sticks

    Put glow sticks inside your pumpkin instead of candles. If you're a forgetful person, or just worried about safety in general, glow sticks are a great alternative to candles because you don't have to remember to blow anything out. Also, they'll make your pumpkin glow in some pretty cool colors.

  • 6

    Pull Out Your Drill

    Use a drill to poke holes randomly all over your pumpkin and then toss in a couple of different colored glow sticks.

  • 7

    Glow in the Dark Paint

    Use glow in the dark paint and masking tape. If knives and guts aren't your things, there's no shame in using glow in the dark paint to decorate your pumpkin. I've been known to do this and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

  • 8

    Stocking Simplicity

    I don't know about this one, but according to BuzzFeed, fishnet stockings make great pumpkin covers.

  • 9

    Floor Cleaner

    Those in the know say that if you rub the inside of your pumpkin with floor cleaner, it'll keep the inside of your pumpkin from rotting. I've never tried this, so I can't vouch for it.

  • 10

    Bubba Teeth

    Trace plastic “bubba" teeth, cut out what you traced and pop the teeth into the hole to make your very own redneck pumpkin.

  • 11

    Chill Beverages

    Forget about cutting up your pumpkin with a face and instead cut it in half, hollow out the inside, put a plastic bowl in the bottom, fill the bowl with ice, and pop some beverages in to chill.

  • 12

    Create a Keg

    To go along with #11, you can also turn your pumpkin into a keg by cutting off the top, hollowing it out, and filling it with beer. Attach a spout to the front and you're done! Trying to visualize how this is done? Here's a video.

  • 13

    Milk Jugs

    Skip the pumpkins and go with milk jugs. You won't have to worry about carving at all. Just fill the milk jug with twinkle lights and decorate with glow in the dark paint.

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