Opening and Cleaning out the Pumpkin
Cut a lid into the top of the pumpkin with a serrated knife.
Scoop the seeds and pulp out of the pumpkin with a spoon.
Designing and Carving Your Design
Draw on the pumpkin with a washable marker to make a free-hand design.
Poke holes in the pumpkin with push pins to outline a stenciled design.
Cut along your outlines with a serrated knife.
Make simple shape cutouts with cookie cutters and a rubber mallet.
Try creating dotted patterns on your pumpkin with a drill.
Rub petroleum jelly around the cut edges of the pumpkin.
Lighting and Displaying Carved Pumpkin
Use an LED light for a fire-safe alternative.
Put your pumpkin out on display.
Soak your pumpkin in cold water if it starts to shrivel.