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Halloween Pumpkin Carving

How to Carve Pumpkins, Gourds, and Creative Jack O Lanterns

Pumpkin carving is popular Halloween custom, but can be enjoyed year-round. You can learn how to carve traditional faces and artistic designs on gourds by visiting the Web sites featured on this how-to resource page, or try Chris Dunmire's featured PUNKin carving project to get inspired to create your own. Within this collection of pumpkin carving resources you'll find sites that explain the pumpkin carving process, and those that share free tips, techniques, and printable patterns for your creative pumpkin carving projects.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips:
5 Steps to Carving a Jack-O-Lantern

Chris Dunmire's Original PUNKin DesignBy Chris Dunmire

Carving your first Halloween Jack-O-Lantern needn't be a big deal with a lot of fuss. Many fun tools and accessories are now available in most stores to make the event as fun and creative as you like, or, if you want to frugal it, all you need is a pumpkin, sharp kitchen knife, metal spoon, candle with a holder, and your imagination! Here's how to carve your pumpkin in 5 basic steps:

1. Cut a hole in the pumpkin top. Cut a large circle around the pumpkin stem to make a "lid" you can pull out. The hole should be large enough to easily get your hand inside the pumpkin for cleaning.

2. Scoop out pumpkin innards. Thoroughly clean out the seeds and pulp from the inside of the gourd. A large metal spoon works well.

3. Draw a face or design on the outside of pumpkin. Use your imagination or a pinned on template (poke holes around template lines onto your pumpkin with a pin or big needle to transfer design).

4. Carve out your design. With a sharp kitchen knife or pumpkin cutting tool, carefully carve out the pieces to make your face or design. Expect design "chunks" to come out in several pieces. Remember, this is sculpting!

5. Clean and Illuminate. After your pumpkin is carved and cleaned, illuminate the inside with a lit candle. (Special pumpkin mountable candles/holders are recommended for safety.)

How-to Pumpkin Carving How-to Sources

Nit Wits Punkin Pumpkin Carving TemplatesCarve the Nit Wits PUNKin!
Simply download and print the free PUNKin template pattern and follow the step-by-step Project How-to Guide to carve your own tongue-studded gourdly rebel for Halloween or any time. Includes easy-to-follow carving directions anyone can learn.

Martha Stewart's Spooky Halloween Decorations
Dozens of creative Halloween projects with helpful how-to instruction categorized into Scary Silhouettes, Party Decorations, Pumpkin Carving 101, and "Bad Things."

Carve Your Own Virtual Pumpkin!
The Swan Virtual Jack O' Lantern is a nifty tool that allows you to pick your pumpkin's features and then "carve" it into your own personal pumpkin!

Pumpkin Carving 101
Learn how to carve a Jack O' Lantern for Halloween. "Here you'll find everything you need to know to carve your own pumpkins into spooky masterpieces for Halloween and have a lot of fun doing it!" Features amazing pumpkin tricks and secrets of pumpkin carving, pumpkin carving history, tools of the trade, and information for selecting your pumpkin.

Pumpkin Masters Free Carving Patterns
"Pumpkin Masters gives away free patterns for pumpkin carving. Plus, the top secret secrets to creating a pumpkin masterpiece and great ways to celebrate Halloween with friends and family — have a pumpkin carving party!"

Extreme Pumpkin Carving
Not for the faint at heart! Features design strategy, how-to advice, tools, and patterns for carving extreme pumpkin designs. Plus good information about pumpkin preservation and seeds, fire, light, and pyrotechnics, and a whole lot more!

The Pumpkin Wizard
"Home of the Pumpkin Wizard and over 400 FREE pumpkin carving patterns." Features patterns for kids and adults including traditional Halloween, kid's and cartoon characters, the Simpson's, patriotic, Lord of the Rings, famous movie monsters, the Addams Family, sports, super heroes, and many more.

SpookMasters Online Pumpkin Carving Patterns
"Free Halloween pumpkin carving patterns and a large selection of pumpkin carving templates for designing your own jack-o-lanterns, with instructions on carving and painting pumpkins with stencils."

Walt's Pumpkin Carving Secrets
Walt shares his secrets to selecting pumpkins, using tools, making original patterns, carving techniques, lighting, photographing, special effects, and preserving your pumpkin and Jack O' Lantern creations for Halloween.

Pumpkin Nook: Pumpkin Carving
Everything you need to know about pumpkin carving including preparation and cleaning, safety tips, carving, patterns, preservation, and other tips.

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