How to Carve a Pumpkin in time for Halloween

30th October 2017

Oh, October: time for woolly knitwear weather, autumnal cool air, changing leaves and of course, Halloween decorations. Whether sitting on your doorstep or as a spooky centrepiece in your house, pumpkins are the ultimate Halloween decoration. To celebrate the season’s festivities, our very own Joules pumpkin carving professional, Stacey, who has carved some familiar famous faces, shares how to carve a pumpkin with a Joules touch.

  • A Pumpkin
  • 1 Large knife
  • 1 Carving knife
  • 1 Spoon
  • An image or stencil
  • Scissors
  • A Large bowl
  • Sticky tape

Step 1 – Making sure the pumpkin is on a secure base carefully cut a circle at the top of the pumpkin to form the lid. Make sure the hole is large enough for your hand to easily fit in and out of.

Step 2 – Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp and seeds ensuring a smooth finish to the bottom and sides. The bottom of the pumpkin will need to be flat so that your candles balance. You can save the pulp and seeds to make tasty soups and snacks with later.

Step 3 – Decide which side of the pumpkin you will be carving into and use the spoon to scrape out the inside wall of this wall. It is easier to carve through a thinner wall, especially for designs that involve intricate details and also the light will shine through thin walls so you can create some great effects.

Step 4 – Wipe the pumpkin all over, removing any residue so that you have a clean and dry surface to carve from.

Step 5 –Securely attach your stencil or image to the pumpkin using sticky tape. Then using a small knife slowly cut into the lines of the stencil onto the pumpkin to create an outline that you can use as a guide. 

Step 6 – Once you have cut the outline of your stencil on to the pumpkin you can remove it (otherwise it will start to get wet and in the way). Check over your stencil guide, double-checking you haven’t missed any vital lines, and then carefully go over it again to ensure your pumpkin is cut all the way through.

Step 7 -Starting with the most intricate areas start to push through the pieces so you will begin to see the cut out. Try and remove the areas in small sections to ensure that you do not accidently break it.

Step 8 – Once all the pieces are removed, step back and check the carving ensuring you have smooth lines that are evenly cut all the way through.

Step 9 – Place a tea-light within the pumpkin and carefully light it.

Step 10 – Finally turn out the lights to reveal your masterpiece! Then put it in view of passersby, so they can look on in awe.

What pattern are you going to choose to carve on your pumpkin?

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