DIY Pumpkin Carving Tips

“What’s Halloween without a carved pumpkin? Check out these pumpkin carving tips and tricks for selecting the right tool, keeping your carved pumpkin fresh and adding the right illumination.

Pumpkin Carving Tips – Tool Options:

2. A large metal spoon or ice cream scoop is great for removing the pumpkin seeds. Another option is a battery-operated spinner that’s made specifically for scraping the insides of the pumpkin walls.
3. Small, paring knives are great for carving designs into the pumpkin. Pumpkin-carving kits, made specifically for kids or adults, are another good source. Battery-operated, pumpkin-carving knives also make quick work of even intricate designs.
2. Another option is to add a small amount of bleach to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray the pumpkin daily with the bleach mixture; the bleach fights mold while the water keeps the pumpkin from drying out too quickly.
3. Spray the pumpkin with a store-bought pumpkin preservation spray. Make sure that it is environmentally-friendly and nontoxic. Note: Even with these precautions, a cut pumpkin will only last for a few days to a week, so it’s best to cut your pumpkin no earlier than a few days before your Halloween festivities.

Illuminating the Pumpkin:

1. The candle-free options are nearly endless for showcasing your pumpkin designs. Check stores for color-changing strobe lights, battery-operated tea lights and rainbow LEDs that are made specifically for pumpkins and are safe for use in fresh or foam pumpkins. Battery-operated tap lights are a great option for a small pumpkin or gourd or use several in a larger pumpkin.

2. If the pumpkin will be displayed near an outlet, a string of Christmas lights or a small lamp can be used.

3. The final choice is candles, the old standby. Votive or pillar candles, placed on a plate which is large enough to catch any drips, are the best option. A good tip when illuminating a pumpkin with a candle is to cut a small hole in the top of the pumpkin, like a chimney, allowing the heat to escape. Note: Candles can only be used in fresh pumpkins, never place a lit candle inside a foam pumpkin.”

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