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Pumpkin Carving Templates
- For easy cleanup, place your pumpkin on several layers of newspaper before carving. Clean the outside of the pumpkin with a rag moistened with water to remove dirt and debris.
- Cut a six-sided lid, big enough so you can reach in and clean out all the pumpkin gunk. Angle a saw or knife toward the center of the pumpkin to create a ledge that supports the lid. Make sure the hole is large enough to reach in and pull out the seeds and stringy membrane. The bottom of the pumpkin could also be cut off instead; this will allow the pumpkin to sit up straight and make removing the seeds easier.
- Using an ice cream scoop or the special pumpkin scoop, clean out the seeds and strings. Where you plan to carve, scrape the pumpkin wall until it’s about one inch thick. If carving a challenging pattern, scrape the pumpkin so that the wall is about one-half inch thick.
- Print the pattern and tape or pin it to your pumpkin. If you use pins, place them on the design lines so you don’t end up with holes you don’t want!
- Using a pushpin, or a poker tool, make pinpoint marks 1/16″ to 1/8″ apart along the design lines. Check to see you have transferred the design completely, then take the pattern off the pumpkin.
- Using the carving tools saw dot-to-dot using a gentle up and down motion. Saw gently, the saws can break if they are forced.
- Locate and cut a chimney for the candle. If a flashlight or battery candle is used, a chimney is not needed. Place the candle in the bottom of the pumpkin. If candle does not stand on its own, place it on a small, non-flammable plate or bore a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin to hold the candle.