How To Carve A Pumpkin

Posted by Tammy Sons on 26th Jan 2016

How to Carve a Pumpkin

It’s that time of year, when the air is getting crispier, the mornings are colder and pumpkins are starting to pop up at your local grocery stores and garden centers. Carving pumpkins are a favorite past-time for most families, young and old alike. Carving a pumpkin can be both fun and messy all at the same time! But for many newbies, carving a pumpkin may seem quite challenging. With our step by step instructions you can put all of those unanswered, puzzled faces away!

Tools that you may need:



Pairing knife

Ice cream scoop or large spoon

Candle with matches

Pumpkin carving kit(optional, but recommended)

Step 1 – Go to your nearest garden center or grocery store and pick out your pumpkin. You will want one that is fairly smooth, well rounded and will sit well when you try and stand it up as well as one that has a good stem on it.

Step 2 – Clean your pumpkin off with a damp rag freeing it from all of the dirt

Step 3 – Draw a sketch onto your pumpkin your design that you want to carve out. If you purchase one of the pre-made pumpkin carving kits, they have lots of neat stencils that you can use to trace onto your pumpkin.

Step 4 – Cut around the top of your stem, leaving approximately 1/2” – 1” space around as a base if your pumpkin is large enough to allow for this. You will want to allow a top piece so that your top can be placed back onto your pumpkin.

Step 5 – Once you have cut and detached your top piece you can now clean out the inside of your pumpkin. You can do this however you choose to do so, with your hands, with your ice cream scoop, large spoon, etc. anyway that you want to do it. The inside portion can be discarded and thrown away or some people will take the seeds, dry them out and roast them.

Step 6 – You are ready to carve your pumpkin! You can use your small saw blade that came with your premade kit or you can use your knives and pairing knife to carve out your design. Once your design is cleaned up, you can place your candle inside and light it and boast in the glory of your work!

Carving a pumpkin can be fun, messy and creative all at the same time! Young and old can do it! So, the next time you are at your local garden center or grocery store and see the pumpkins, you will know exactly what to do.

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