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Easy Pumpkin Tips and Tricks {printable pumpkin templates}

Posted by  ·  October 3, 2017  ·  Last Updated: September 9, 2018

Get ready to carve up some fun with these pumpkin carving tips and tricks. From how to gut a pumpkin to how to carve, these easy pumpkin carving ideas will help you create some amazing pumpkins.  I also have more pumpkin carving stencils to help you make amazing pumpkins.  What a fun hands on holiday tradition! Glowing pumpkins just make me happy! How about you?

easy pumpkin carving ideas

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Often the hardest part of pumpkin carving is removing the guts of the pumpkin! Well no more! Simply add a mixing tool to your drill and you have an amazing pumpkin gutter.

pumpkin carving tricks pumkin gutter

This simple trick is easiest enough for kids to do, plus pumpkin carving with power tools revs up the fun! Kids love this easy pumpkin carving trick for sure!

Pumpkin carving tips how to gut a pumpkin

Genius Tip:

Use a dry erase marker to draw on a design. It can easily be wiped away so no worries about mistakes!

pumpkin carving tricks dry erase marker

Pumpkin Carving Templates

If don’t want to make your own pumpkin face use one of these easy pumpkin carving ideas.  Download the free templates, print on white copy paper.

Happy Pumpkin Carving Template

Scary Pumpkin Carving Template

Evil Pumpkin Carving Template

These carving stencils can be pinned to the front of a pumpkin.  Use a thumb tack to punch holes around the template creating a guide on the pumpkin.

easy pumpkin carving

Easy Pumpkin Carving

Put away those knives and bring on the power tools.  We used this Dremel tool for easy pumpkin carving! Dremel even makes a Pumpkin Carving Kit.

pumpkin carving tricks Dremel Tool

In no time at all these girls carved up some amazing pumpkins and had so much fun!

carved pumpkins

More Simple Pumpkin Carving Ideas

I have another set of pumpkin carving stencils for easy pumpkin carving. Too fun! You’ll find stencils for a spider, a skull, a haunted house, black cat and loads of jack o lantern faces.

Let the pumpkin carving begin!

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  1. jill barner
    Monday, October 13th, 2014
    Dear Bekka,
    I've let my twin 3 year olds use full strength power tools including a band saw (with an old blade) and have not had any problems. You can be so cautious with your children that they never learn personal responsibility...my how the pendulum has swung!
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
      Thanks Jill, I totally agree. I also let my children help me prepare dinner with knives. I like the opportunity to teach them how to use sharp objects and tools safely. These activities give them plenty of practice under our watchful eye.
  2. Bekka
    Saturday, October 11th, 2014
    I wouldn't advise letting small children use medium size power tools. Like, at all. Ever.
  3. Sam
    Friday, October 10th, 2014
    Why is the back of the pumpkin carved out?
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
      Hi Sam,

      We do that so we can just slip the candle in through the back, it makes lighting the candle easier then when you stick your hand through the top.