Pumpkin carving is a fantastic way to clear your mind of the day to day, and show a pumpkin who’s boss. We’ve learned that studying carving and being an overachiever is the antithesis of the fun carving has to offer. Here are a few time tested tips to get you where you need to be to just have fun with it:
- Pick any pumpkin that speaks to you. As long as it’s firm, the shape doesn’t really matter.
- Wash your pumpkin off. You’re not going for a surgical scrub, just a quick removal of dirt from the pumpkin patch.
- Cut the top off large enough to get your hand through it to work.
- Scrape out the seeds and guts with a spoon – keep them in a sloppy pile for now, don’t go straight to the trash with them.
- Design a face however you like, some find drawing it on first to be helpful. This is not Rembrandt time, just do something that makes you smile.
- Don’t use dangerous sharp knives from the butcher block, a steak knife or one of those cheap little serrated pumpkin knives will do. Always cut away from yourself and your fingers.
- Cut a hole in the back to let the smoke have a little escape route.
- Set back and admire your work.
Optional, dig the seeds out of the guts, we’re going to have a pumpkin seed roasting tutorial later in the week.