6 Pumpkin Carving Tools to Put the 'Jack' in Your Lantern

Mix and match these tools to turn your regular pumpkins into Halloween masterpieces.

  1. Template Transfer

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    Templatepunkin

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    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.

  2. Template: After

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    Afterpunkin

    flickr.com/indigoprime

    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.

  3. Pumpkin Saw

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    Sawcarving

    about.com

    A pumpkin saw is a short, thin saw blade attached to a small handle that fits nicely in your hand. It's much easier (and safer) to use than a kitchen knife when carving a pumpkin, and the tool will enable you to tackle far more intricate designs.

  4. Pumpkin Saw: After

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    Jackolanterns

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    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!

  5. Power Drill

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    Drillpumpkin

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    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.

  6. Power Drill: After

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    Drillpumpkinafter

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    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.

  7. Dremel

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    Dremel

    builtbykids.com

    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.

  8. Dremel: After

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    Dremelpumpkin

    carvingpumpkins.com

    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.

  9. Linoleum Cutter

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    Linoleumcutter

    designsponge.com

    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.

  10. Linoleum Cutter: After

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    Cutterpumpkins

    designsponge.com

    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.

  11. For more...

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    Scarypumpkin

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    If you are looking for more seasonal tips and tricks—or treats!—consider:

     

    Pumpkin Carving 101

     

    Bob Vila's 5 Must-Do Projects for October

     

    Simple Fall Decor

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