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23 Clever Pumpkin Carving Hacks


23 Clever Pumpkin Carving Hacks

I’m kind of lazy when it comes to carving pumpkins. Is it weird that my favourite part is cleaning them out, and then baking the pumpkin seeds? By that point, the kids are a mess and we’ve all pretty much lost our patience for the project. So I usually end up fighting with a kitchen knife to stab out a few triangle eyes and a toothy smile. It doesn’t have to be that way though! There are so many awesome, and FUN ways to decorate a pumpkin! Even if you want to skip the carving all together and just paint it, there are tons of cool ideas you can try! Check out these pumpkin carving hacks!

These pumpkin carving hacks are AWESOME! From Lite Brite pumpkins to glitter pumpkins, there are so many fun ideas here to try!

I am soooooooo tempted to try the Mr. Potato Head pumpkin this year! My kids would get a big kick out of it!

Drilled Pumpkins

Make awesome glowing patterns on your pumpkin by using a drill! It’s fun, easy and looks amazing when they are all lit up! Here are the ones we made:

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Drilled Pumpkins

via One Little Project

Neutral Pumpkins

Is orange too bold of a colour to suit your decor? No problem! Just paint them a neutral colour!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - How to Paint Pretty Pumpkins

via Perfectly Imperfect

Painted Pumpkins with Glittered Stems

Paint your pumpkins to match any colour scheme and then give them a glittered, whimsical stem!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Painted Pumpkins with Glittered Stems

via Aunt Peaches

Pumpkin Porcupines

Drill holes in your pumpkins and then push Christmas lights through them to get this cool effect!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Pumpkin Porcupines

via Martha Stewart

Solar Light Jack O’Lantern

Forget about burning yourself with a candle – Fit your pumpkin with a solar light instead and it can “burn” for days! Brilliant!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Solar Light Jack O'Lantern

via Bitz & Giggles

Mummy Pumpkin

Slice a white pumpkin sideways to make this easy mummy pumpkin!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Mummy Pumpkin

via Woman’s Day

Glitter Monogram Pumpkin

Personalize a pumpkin for everyone in the family!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin

via Unoriginal Mom

Gourd Apple Core

Make this easy gourd apple core if you want to carve a pumpkin, but you prefer to leave out the spookiness.

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Gourd Apple Core

via View From The Lighthouse

Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin

Who would have thought that you could also use his parts to make Mr. Pumpkin Head?

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Mr & Mrs Pumpkin Head

via Meet The Dubiens

Tinkerbell Pumpkin

Drilling holes closer together gives the illusion of fairy dust. Cool!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Tinker Bell Pixie Dust Pumpkin Carving

via Instructables

Make a Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

Easily turn your pumpkin into a vase and use it as a centerpiece!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Pumpkin Flower Arrangement

via Nosh On

Studded Chalk Paint Pumpkins

Add some texture and attitude to your pumpkins by piercing them with metal studs!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Studded Chalk Paint Pumpkins

via Cuckoo 4 Design

How to Make Your Pumpkin Last Longer

For all you eager beavers who just can’t wait to carve your pumpkin!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Preserving Jack O' Lanterns

via My Frugal Adventures

Lite Brite Pumpkin

This is beyond cool for anyone who remembers playing with lite brites as a kid! Brilliant!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Light Brite Illuminated Pumpkin

via Giver’s Log

Use a Cookie Cutter

Use a cookie cutter and a mallet to cut out intricate shapes from your pumpkins. Warning… I’ve tried this and it’s harder than it looks!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Cookie-Cutter Pumpkin Carving

via Taste of Home

Easiest way to Cut a Pumpkin

Try cutting off the pumpkin top like this to make it waaaaaay easier to put the candle in without burning yourself!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - A Better Way to Slice a Pumpkin

via Make

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

Save yourself the effort of carving! Draw all sorts of patterns on your pumpkins with glow in the dark paint!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - DIY Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

via I Love To Create

Glow Stick Pumpkins

These are watermelons, but you can use pumpkins too. Make them glow in any colour! (Check out our other glow stick ideas here!)

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Glow Stick Pumpkin

via Crushable

Fraggle Pumpkin

Turn your pumpkin sideways and use the stem to make an awesome Fraggle looking nose!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Pumpkin Carving Ideas

via Remove and Replace


Use black jewel flourish stickers to make a totally awesome bejewelled pumpkin!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Bling a Pumpkin

via Chaos Served Daily

 Chalkboard Pumpkins

Write out your favourite Halloween words on black pumpkins.

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Chalkboard Pumpkins

via Fair Goods

Pumpkin Cooler

Having a party? Fill your pumpkin with ice and use it to keep the drinks cold!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - Pumpkin Party Cooler

via Martha Stewart

DIY Glittered Pumpkin

Because everything is better when it sparkles!

Pumpkin Carving Hacks - DIY Glittered Pumpkin

via HGTV

Do you have any pumpkin carving tips or favourite hacks? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! (PS – I love seeing your photos in the comments too!)

I found your website via Miz Helen’s Link party,I’m gearing up for fall and there are some excellent ideas here!

Cutting square out the bottom of the pumpkin base, is an easier way for candle lighting.. This also hole we use to gut our pumpkins, which leaves stem uncut..

Oooo! Great tip! I love the idea of leaving the stem uncut! I’ll have to try that this year! 🙂

could you please send me instructions on how to do the Apple pumpkin,please.

What do you mean by not burning yourself with the candle? You put the candle in unlit, and light it in the pumpkin. It you don’t have those long matches or a lighter that can reach, light a piece of uncooked spaghetti and use that to light the candle.


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