I actually haven’t carved pumpkins this year yet. I’m going to wait a bit longer so that the pumpkins don’t rot before Halloween, BUT… I wrote up this tutorial last year, and I thought it would be helpful to some people who might be reading Joyful Abode this year.
The pumpkin awaits its transformation. Tools await their destiny.
Step 1: Cut a lid. Make a notch in the back, so that you can easily replace it the right way.
Step 2: Remove the lid and cut off all the nasty stringy stuff.
Step 3: Scrape out all the gooey stuff from the inside. Save it so you can get the seeds for baking!
Step 4: After everything is all scraped out, tape your pattern to the pumpkin. If you are drawing it on, go ahead and do that instead. I made mine in paint and printed it out. If you like my jack-o-lantern carving template, it’s available in free stuff.
Step 5: Use a poker (a toothpick or a seam ripper would work if you don’t have one just for pumpkins) to poke holes around your pattern lines. If you drew on your pumpkin, you can skip that.
Then remove your pattern.
It’s hard to see the pokey holes, isn’t it?
Step 6: Rub flour into the holes so you can see them. Wipe off excess with a damp paper towel or sponge.
Step 7: Carve away! Start with the smallest holes, then proceed to bigger ones. This will help keep the stability of the whole thing as you cut.
Light with a tea light, and turn off the lights! (I rubbed cinnamon onto the underside of my lid, so that when I burn the candle the room smells yummy.)