Pumpkin Carving 101

Bob is very good at carving pumpkins.  I think he enjoys it, too!

First, buy a nice firm pumpkin.  We got these from Walmart but we also like Shirks, Hy Vee and Longfellows as well.  Use your pumpkin's shape to help inspire you how you wish to carve your pumpkin.

Cut the top off, in a large enough circle around the stem to get your hand into the pumpkin.  Instead of a smooth continuous line, Bob makes sort of a hexagon shape around the stem.  Trim the bottom of the stem to make it flat.

Clean out the insides of the pumpkin.  Pull out all the stringy stuff and the seeds.  Keep the seeds if you intend to roast them.

Cut out the desired pattern of your pumpkin.  As you can see, we opted for a cute {easy} polka dotted style.  We used an apple corer and a seeder for the circles.  Some Bob cut all the way through, some he cut about 3/4 of the way in.  This will make an interesting pumpkin when we light it with our candles!

We also made one with a traditional pumpkin face.  After all, it is Halloween!

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Terri Steffes
Terri Steffes

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