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How to carve a pumpkin

6 STEPS

Candy bowl? Check. Creepy costume? Check. Amazing glowing jack o’ lantern ready to greet little goblins at the door? Don’t worry, you got this.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Cut a hole in the pumpkin

Place the pumpkin on a flat surface safe for cutting. Using a knife, cut a hole at the top of the pumpkin.

Step

Scoop out the flesh and seeds

Use a spoon or scraper to scoop out all the flesh, pulp and seeds.

Step

Transfer the design onto pumpkin

With your hollowed out pumpkin, it’s time to apply your selected design. Draw directly on the pumpkin or, for more complicated designs, affix the pattern to the pumpkin and trace it with a pounce wheel, needle tool or T-pin.

Step

Etch design into pumpkin

Take your carving tool and carve along the pattern you’ve traced, popping out sections of pumpkin as you go.

Step

Coat with Petroleum Jelly

To prevent your pumpkin’s flesh from browning prematurely, apply a thin film of petroleum jelly.

Step

Light it up

Place tea lights inside the pumpkin and put the top back on. You can also use a battery operated tea light.