DIY handmade crafts

How to carve a pumpkin for beginners!

3:00 PMAshley Jackson

Let me tell you that this year was the first year I have ever carved a pumpkin, that I recall anyways!

So I thought I would share how to do basic pumpkin carving and how I did mine!

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What you will need:
A Pumpkin
2 Small screw drivers, large knife, ice cream scoop, dental pickWinking smile

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{I didn’t have an actual pumpkin carving kit}

First, cut out the top of the pumpkin at an angle so that the top won’t fall through when you place it back in.

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Then scrape out the inside {Save the seeds so you can roast them!}
If the pumpkin is very thick scrape the insides a bit as well.

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There are plenty of templates that you can print out and tape onto your pumpkin at this point if you would like.

I don’t have a printer so I free handed it.
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{I used the dental pick to carve out the basic pattern that I wanted to use}

I then went over it and poked individual holes with the small screw driver along the vines.

I carved out the holes a few leaves out all the way

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I also just put some twinkly lights inside it to really light it up!
It was super easy, although tedious with this design.

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Don’t know what to do with those pumpkin seeds?

Here’s a recipe for you….

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Remove all pumpkin from seeds and rinse them in a drainer.

Pre-heat over for 400 degrees.

Fill pot half with water and boil seeds for about 10 min.

Add Salt to pot, more if you like salty nuts.

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Place olive oil on a baking sheet and place the boiled nuts on top of it.

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Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned.

Let cool completely and eat!

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17 Thank you for your thoughts

  1. Love is beautiful and I love that it's not a spooky Halloween face! Nice work, lady!

  2. So pretty and I love, love, love pumpkin seeds! Oh fall, how I heart thee! :)

    Liesl :)

  3. Very creative! It is fascinating to see this. Here in Jamaica we have pumpkin soup every Saturday. This is usually a soup day here. The pumpkin seed recipe is also interesting.

  4. What a gorgeous pumpkin! For a first timer, you are amazing! I don't think any of my pumpkins have ever looked that good. I love how you only carved out some of the parts all the way.

  5. What an awesome pumpkin! :) I love that you have lights going down into it! ;)

  6. Love the pumpkin! Thanks for hosting the party...I linked up & I'm your newest follower. I'd love you to come check out my new blog at & follow along.

  7. So pretty!! You did fab for your first time!

  8. You pumpkin looks so cute! Love your design!

  9. I love the pumpkin! It is beautiful! I need to get my butt in gear and get some pumpkins carved! I love toasting my seeds too - I've done it since I was a kid! I make sweet cinnamon and salty garlic batches every year. :)

  10. That is so beautiful. And I love your "homemade" carving kit. I am so excited to make pumpkin seeds too. I'm following you from the Follower Fest.

  11. Great tutorial, your pumpkin is gorgeous! And I love toasted pumpkin seeds. Stopping by from the followers fest, already a follower :)

  12. Hello! I found your blog through the Follower Fest going on at Casey's. I'm now a follower of your blog too. I love your pumpkin and seeds are the best part!!!

    Digger ~xoxo~

  13. Oh my goodness!!! That pumpkin is Gorgeous!!! I have been a reader for awhile and am now your newest follower from the Fest!

  14. I seriously want to attempt this...and I completely butchered a pumpkin last year. You give me hope lol.

    New here from the follower fest!

  15. i thought i already followed you! weird...i do now! happy friday, love your blog. :-)

  16. That's a really beautiful pumpkin and such a great method. Thank you for sharing!


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