Pumpkins pumpkins, everywhere pumpkins!!!! Fall is my absolute FAVORITE season of the year!! And I love all things pumpkin! Remember my 128 Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Recipe Roundup? How about my Pumpkin & Sage Ravioli with White Wine Butter Sauce? And also this super simple pumpkin craft using Mason Jar Canning Rings. So you can plainly see….I LOVE PUMPKINS!!! 🙂 And now I’m going to share with you some Easy Pumpkin Carving Tips & some awesome pumpkin carving inspiration.
Cut your pumpkin from the bottom instead of the top. It makes popping a votive or some sort of light inside your pumpkin SO much easier because you have a flat surface to set it on (plus easy to light or turn on/off)!
Use a metal scoop to get the guts out of your pumpkin verses a plastic scoop. Sturdier and provides more leverage due to being more sturdy.
Soak your pumpkin in a bleach/water mixture (think fill a bathtub or an ice chest…something large enough to soak your pumpkins or pumpkin…kitchen sink would work too) to help preserve your pumpkin after carving (ie make it last longer) = 1 tsp bleach/1 gallon of water is your ratio
Soak your pumpkin in water before carving to help the flesh firm up and absorb some water. Makes for carving a bit easier having a more sturdy pumpkin.
Handy with tools? Try a drill to help your carve your pumpkin. Cookie cutters can also work to help you carve a pumpkin.
Carve your pumpkin outside on newspapers or use a space where you can lay a bunch of newspapers down. The newspapers will help in your cleanup!
The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve.
Print out your stencil or picture, shade the back of it using a pencil, then trace your stencil or picture onto your pumpkin. The pencil shading on the back will act as your transfer to the pumpkin.
Take your time when carving! Especially when using a knife!
BEST TIP EVER (in my opinion): Add glitter to the INSIDE of your carved pumpkin after you’ve finished carving. Add your light and bam….a sparkly effect at night!
Now let’s take a look at some Pumpkin Carving Ideas…
Hope these Easy Pumpkin Carving Tips help make your next carving experience that much easier!! Happy Halloween!!