Pumpkin Carving Tips for 2016


How To Carve A Pumpkin Fast

Once Halloween comes around, people are going to be busy carving pumpkins. It is part of what you do during this holiday. You can carve any type of face that you want, and there are some that are very popular which cater to this particular season.

The pumpkins can look like happy faces, or your standard jack-o’-lanterns. You can also become very creative, making very unique carvings that will have multiple designs not only on the front, but all the way around. You need to be careful when you are carving because if you make a mistake, there is no going back.

Hell, some people just like to throw their pumpkins as far as possible at Pumpkin Chunkin!

It is also possible that you may make too many carvings and one pumpkin, causing the entire pumpkin to collapse. Here is a basic overview of how to carve a pumpkin, allowing you to quickly get this done.

What You Need To Carve A Pumpkin?

If you want to carve a pumpkin, you are only going to need a couple of things to do this type of work. There are also a couple different ways that you can get this equipment. The easiest way is to go down to the local store and pick up a pumpkin carving kit, some of which will have designs that you can use. The other option is to simply use what you have at home which will include a felt tip pen, a knife which is very sharp with a pointy end, and also a spoon so that you can take all of the pumpkin seeds out of the pumpkin.

It is also recommended that you have some general idea of what you are going to carve, or you can print the many hundreds of different patterns that are on the Internet which you can get for free. If you are artistically inclined, you can probably create something very unique on your own.

Once you have all of these tools, as well as a large bowl that you will put all of the pumpkin seeds in, you will be ready.

You can easily carve a pumpkin very quickly, sometimes in as little as 30 minutes. It just depends on the size of the pumpkin, and the type of design that you are going to do. For example, if it is a standard sized pumpkin, and the design is very standard or basic, half an hour is really all that you will need.

If this is going to be a larger pumpkin, and you are going to have an elaborate design, then you are going to need to take a minimum of an hour. If you have done this before, it may go faster, even with the more elaborate designs. You will start by cutting the top of the pumpkin out. You must use a sharp knife, preferably serrated, sticking the tip of the knife in at an angle. The whole that you will cut will be roughly 3/4 of the diameter of the pumpkin, and the angle will angle out.

This means that the base of what will become the lid of the pumpkin will be more narrow at the bottom and wider at the top. This will allow you to put the pumpkin top back on without it falling through.

Second, you want you clear out all of the pumpkin seeds with a spoon, making sure to get all of them out along with the stringy components that are found inside.

Third, you will then draw the pattern on the outside of the pumpkin using either the template that you have purchased or printed, or you will simply draw something that you see in your mind.

Fourth, you will then begin to cut out all of the shapes. You will want to make sure that you follow the lines exactly. It is very important to not connect any of the lines because you could inadvertently ruin the entire design, or collapse the pumpkin, by making a cut that will sever the wrong area.

Finally, once you are done, you will put a candle on the inside, preferably a very short candle and light it up. You will then put the lid on top of the pumpkin and stick it outside. If all has gone well, and it is dark, you should see the exact cut out that you have been working on. It’s always good to have a couple pumpkins for backup in case you have never done this before and make mistakes.

This basic overview of how to carve a pumpkin will help generally anyone create one in a very short period of time. The fastest way to get this done is to have all of the tools ready, along with the candle and a template that you can follow. This is something that is very easy to do once you have done one or two of them. It’s a great way to celebrate this holiday which so many children enjoy.

Once you are done, take a picture of your pumpkin and send it with a Halloween ecard!

If you are a nerd, check out these awesome pumpkin stencils!