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How To Carve a Pumpkin


CUT THE LID: Draw a hole around the stem of the pumpkin, the whole should be big enough for your hand to fit through easily. Cut out this hole

SCOOP OUT THE CONTENTS: You do not want your pumpkin to go bad in a short period of time, so use a small ice cream scoop to empty the pumpkin completely. Then use a napkin to dry out the inside of the pumpkin completely.

DRAW THE DESIGN YOU WANT: Draw, using a black felt tip marker, the design that you want on your pumpkin. You can even easily use design templates available online. Just make it as scary as you can!

CUTTING OUT THE DESIGN: Use a small, sharp knife to cut out the details of your design. Make sure to make deep cuts, to keep the cutting as neat as possible, and wherever you need to make a circle cut (such as for the eyes), use the apple corer.

MAKE YOUR LANTERN SHINE: Once you keep you cut and carve your pumpkin, all you need to do it make sure it is nice and shiny and appears polished. You can use normal household cleaners, but the best thing to do is to soak the pumpkin (after cutting) overnight in a tub of water, in which borax is dissolved (one tablespoon of borax per gallon).


To give a creepy effect your pumpkin, you can illuminate in a number of different ways. For the scariest effect, use tea light candles that are operated by batteries, or ordinary candles in a glass case to prevent them from blowing out. You can also use strands of fairy lights placed inside the pumpkin, to make them glow from inside.


Be careful while using sharp knives, and keep children away from this process! Make sure that if you use candles, you take proper measures to ensure that the flame remains under control. Take care not to waste the pumpkin seeds, and roast them and consume them as they are rich in protein.

Pumpkin carving is perhaps the best DIY activity for Halloween and the fall season in general. Don’t miss out on all the fun you can have carving pumpkins, and let your inner artist loose, and be creative with your carving and decorating this fall!

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