You can easily draw your own template (or find one on the internet) to make sure your 'Jack' comes out looking exactly as you planned. Use any sharp object you might already have—an awl, an ice pick, or even a ball point pen—to trace the pattern onto the pumpkin.
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6 Pumpkin Carving Tools to Put the 'Jack' in Your Lantern
Once the outline of the template has been marked on the pumpkin, the rest is a matter of carving—rather than coloring—within the lines.
Pumpkin Saw: After
A classic saw for a classic 'Jack'. The rounded curves and small cuts in these jack o’ lanterns were made by using a pumpkin saw, whose compact blade gives you the control to make your scariest squash dreams come true!
A power drill will make quick work of a jack o' lantern's eyes, or you can attempt a more ambitious design by combining your drill with a variety of bits and attachments.
Power Drill: After
This freehand design of circles demonstrates the detail and precision that using a power drill affords. It is a crisp look, quick and easy to produce.
A classic woodworking rotary tool, the Dremel can really bring your pumpkin carving to the next level. In combination with different attachments (from drill bits to blades to sanders), the tool is able to cut, carve, and even etch or engrave.
This intricate Celtic knot design was achieved with a 1/32" drill bit and a Dremel, capable of far more detail than a regular power drill.
Linoleum cutters are used by artists in block printing, but they can also help you carve details into the surface of your jack o' lantern, leaving the remaining ﬂesh to "glow" once the pumpkin is lit.
Linoleum Cutter: After
The ﬂoral motifs on these pumpkins were carved with a linoleum cutter. The range of depth in the carving creates a shaded effect, enhancing the design's three-dimensional quality.
Cookie cutters aren't just for cookies anymore. Pick a theme, get out a mallet, and start pounding—you’ll have a truly original pumpkin before you know it. (And they're great for carving with kids!)
Cookie Cutters: After
This 'jack' was created using just a few cookie cutters. Although it's not the spookiest of themes, it is a magical lantern to light the night and amuse any child's fancy.