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5 Clever Pumpkin Carving Ideas

5 Clever Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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Highlights
    • PUMPKIN PRO. Get the best Pumpkin Carving Tips For Jazzy Jack-O’-Lanterns here.
    • QUICK CLEAN. Pumpkin carving is fun but can be messy. For quick cleanup, cut open garbage bags and cover the area where you’ll be carving. Once finished, simply fold the edges of the bag
      toward the center, gather up and toss in the trash. Easy!
    • SNACK SEED. After cleaning out your pumpkins, Save Your Seeds (And Roast ’Em!).

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a glowing jack-o’-lantern at your doorstep to greet visiting ghosts and ghouls. This year take your carved creation to a new level with one of these fresh, quick and fuss-free concepts. Pick one that fits your style. Some take careful cutting, but we think the results are pretty spook-tacular.

1. PUMPKIN MUMMY

Create an easy, mummified look by slicing your gourd into rings and restacking to create a wrapped appearance.

  • How-to: Hollow out a white pumpkin, removing all the seeds and plup. Using your CHICAGO CUTLERY® VIVID™ 8″ BREAD KNIFE, ORANGE, slice horizontally through the pumpkin to create rings. Stack the rings, rearranging the order and securing each layer with toothpicks. Once all pieces are in place, glue large googly eyes or coffee beans to the pumpkin.
2. POTATO HEAD PUMPKIN

With the help of toothpicks and precut pieces, your littles can customize their own pumpkin without needing to pick up a knife.

  • How-to: You’ll need one pumpkin for decorating and another for pieces. Remove the seeds from one pumpkin. Then use Chicago Cutlery® paring and utility knifes from this versatile 4-PIECE SET to cut the pumpkin into a variety of different shapes, which can be used for eyes, noses and mouths. Once sliced, you may want to paint the pieces to add color and personality. Select which pieces will be used for each feature, and secure them to your uncarved pumpkin with a toothpick.
3. DRAC-O’-LANTERN

Use mini pumpkins and inexpensive novelty fangs to create pint-size vampires.

  • How-to: Use your paring or utility knife to cut a rectangle (approximately the width of plastic fangs) into the side of the pumpkin. This will be the mouth. Remove seeds by scooping them through this opening. Cut two small eyes above the mouth. Once carving is complete, secure fangs inside the rectangle with glue.
4. GOOGLY EYED GOURD

Turn your pumpkin into a friendly, crazy-eyed monster by using mini pumpkins for eyes.

  • How-to: Slice a circle around the stem of the pumpkin, remove the seeds and pulp. Using a CHICAGO CUTLERY® FUSION® 8″ SLICER, carve a smile on the side of the pumpkin. Position a mini pumpkin where you want an “eye” to go and trace around it with a dry-erase marker. Using your knife, cut just inside the traced outline to create an opening slightly smaller then your mini pumpkins. Wedge your mini pumpkin into the carved space and secure with toothpicks. Repeat twice (or more) for monster eyes.
5. SPIDERWEB PUMPKIN

A classic cobweb design makes the perfect home for a creepy-crawly companion.

  • How-to: Hollow out one large pumpkin. Using a dry-erase marker, draw the outline of a spiderweb on the pumpkin. Cut out your design with a small yet versatile UTILITY KNIFE. Place 4 to 5 straight pins along the outside edges of the carved spiderweb opening. Wrap kitchen twine around the nails to create the look of a spiderweb. Glue a plastic spider to the twine for the final touch.

YOUR TURN: What’s your favorite pumpkin carving trick?

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Highlights
    • PUMPKIN PRO. Get the best Pumpkin Carving Tips For Jazzy Jack-O’-Lanterns here.
    • QUICK CLEAN. Pumpkin carving is fun but can be messy. For quick cleanup, cut open garbage bags and cover the area where you’ll be carving. Once finished, simply fold the edges of the bag
      toward the center, gather up and toss in the trash. Easy!
    • SNACK SEED. After cleaning out your pumpkins, Save Your Seeds (And Roast ’Em!).