Carving pumpkin: Step by step to the scary pumpkin


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Carved pumpkins decorate many gardens, staircases and window sills in autumn. For Halloween we encounter especially scary grimaces. Even animals, stars and filigree patterns can be carved into the pumpkins and provided with a tealight conjure up atmospheric light in dark autumn nights.

Carving is not only fun for kids! We'll show you step by step how to carve imaginative patterns and shapes into the pumpkin with the right materials, such as pens, carving tools and a tutorial video.

Carving ideas with pumpkins

Whether scary or enchanting: In pumpkins, you can carve grotesques or delicate motifs according to your taste

You need these materials

  • pumpkin
  • possibly: carving templates and adhesive strips
  • Felt pen or ballpoint pen for pre-drawing; Needle, shish kebab for pre-piercing
  • small drill
  • High Speed ​​Cutter; alternatively: pointed kitchen or pocket knife; or special carving tool for pumpkins
  • big spoon, ice cream scoop
  • Bowl for pumpkin meat
  • glass lantern, candle or tealight

So go for the pumpkin carving

For carving are generally all pumpkin types with a solid shell. Hokkaido pumpkins, which are small and handy, make it easy to process the pulp for cooking and baking. On giant pumpkins, the motif comes into its own and the light finds more space. If you do not have your own pumpkins in the garden, you can buy the fruit vegetables at weekly markets or in the supermarket. Thoroughly clean the pumpkin before carving.

Cut off pumpkin topping

First, the lid of the squash is cut off with a sharp knife

Now it's up to the carving, whereby first the lid of the squash must be separated: With the felt-tip pen or ballpoint pen mark below the stem the cutting line of the lid. The shape can be round, angular or zigzag. Cut a few inches into the bowl with a sharp and sharp knife and cut along the drawn line. Unplug the lid and set it aside.
Then scrape the inside out of the pumpkin with a spoon or ice cream scoop and put it in a bowl. Reduce the thickness by scrape the pulp from the inside. The shell should be so thin that you can see the light of a flashlight from the outside. To be able to put a tea or lantern light in the pumpkin, the ground should be as level as possible.

Hollow out pumpkin

Then remove the pulp and seeds with a spoon, fork or ice cream scoop

Now you can place the possibly enlarged, printed stencils on the pumpkin, attach it with adhesive strips, trace the contours with a ballpoint pen or felt-tip pen and cut with the knife along the lines. Remove the pre-drawn pieces from the pumpkin bowl step by step. It may be helpful to pre-drill the patterns with needles or skewers, then cut them out with a knife.

Color motive on the pumpkin

With a felt-tip pen, the desired motif is transferred to the pumpkin

To get filigree patterns, do not remove the shell completely, but carve the shapes only a few millimeters deep into the pumpkin. And: even without templates, beautiful patterns and lines can be marked and cut - your imagination knows no bounds! When carving, just make sure that the wall is still stable enough and you do not remove too many parts from the shell.

Drill holes in the pumpkin

With a drill, you can easily drill circles and patterns in the shell

In addition or as an alternative, you can use a drill to drill small holes and patterns in the shell. With the help of special carving tools for pumpkins, fine work succeeds particularly well.

Carving tool for pumpkins

Special carving tool is available as a set in the trade and facilitates particularly filigree patterns

The hollowed and carved pumpkin is illuminated by a tealight. If the night threatens to become windy, a glass lantern will protect the flame, giving the candle additional stability.
Really spooky effects produce differently colored glass lanterns as an insert. After lighting the candle, the lid is replaced. Make sure the pumpkin stays as dry as possible. With sawdust inside, the pumpkin lasts longer. A cool spot without direct sunlight will also help you to enjoy the carved masterpiece for a week or two.

Here you can download funny and scary carving templates for free

Carving template squinting pumpkin

Download our carving templates for pumpkins

The most original pumpkin carvings and suggestions for Halloween from our forum and the photo community can be found in the following picture gallery:

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