Pumpkin Carving Tips and Templates

Don’t you love it when you see really cool and creative carved pumpkins during Halloween?

Few decorations really say Halloween like carved pumpkins. But don’t think you have to do the traditional jack-o-lantern face; you can get really creative and carve all kinds of designs.

Here are some helpful tips and templates to carving your best Halloween pumpkin this year!

Pumpkin carving tips

 

Shopping for the perfect pumpkin

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The perfect pumpkin may not be what you think. Round and flawless may seem like the ideal shape, but think a moment about the more oddly-shaped ones. They can inspire interesting designs, and may result in a very unique pumpkin!

Regardless of shape, look for a firm pumpkin without any soft or rotten spots.

The essentials for pumpkin carving

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This is one of the most important tips for pumpkin carving. Not only do you get more attractive results with the right tools; it’s also safer to have tools that are designed for the purpose. Here are some of the tools for pumpkin carving:

1. Knife

First, you’ll need a large knife to cut the top off the pumpkin. A large carving knife or a serrated bread knife – both as sharp as possible – are good choices. You could also use a small saw, such as a coping saw or keyhole saw.

For carving, a small paring knife with a thin, sharp, flexible blade is helpful. A box-cutter or X-acto knife can also work well.

2. Large spoon

A large spoon is essential for scooping out seeds and pulp. Some of the pulp can be stubborn, so a metal spoon is a better choice than a plastic or wooden one.

If you have a grapefruit spoon with a serrated edge (this pumpkin scoop is even larger that also has a serrated edge), that might come in handy for scraping out stubborn bits. 

3. Toothpicks

Having some toothpicks handy can help if you cut off a chunk you meant to leave in! For example, if you are carving teeth and cut one of them off, you can use a toothpick to re-attach the “tooth.”

 

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Check out this easy DIY pumpkin carving tool!

 
 

Helpful tips for carving pumpkins

When you cut the top off of your pumpkin, think of a bathtub plug. A bathtub plug is usually wider at the top and narrower at the bottom, so slant your large knife slightly inward so that the base of the cut-off top will be narrower than the top.

 

 

  • Starting with the center and working outward also tends to work better than going from the outside inward.
  • When you carve out your design, be sure to take your time.
  • Making sure that the blade of the knife never comes out of the pumpkin flesh when you’re cutting with it. 

 

 

Loving these pumpkin carving templates!

 

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