Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Tips

Whether real or faux, learn these fun and clever tips for creating that impressive Halloween pumpkin.
Pumpkin Carving Tips

Pumpkin Carving Tips

Whether real or faux, DIY's Witch Crafts features helpful tips and fun instructions for embellishing your Halloween pumpkins.

Pumpkin Carving Tips

  • When choosing a pumpkin to buy, avoid ones with bruises or moldy stems; these will not last as long.

  • When cutting the top of the pumpkin, angle the point of your knife toward the stem. This gives the lid a place to sit and will prevent it from falling through the hole.

  • If the cut edges of your jack-o'-lantern are curling, re-hydrate the pumpkin by soaking it in a tub of water overnight. After removing, allow the pumpkin to drain for half an hour and pat dry.

  • Soaking your pumpkin in a solution of one teaspoon bleach per gallon of water will help inhibit mold growth.

  • While your jack-o'-lantern is on display, periodically mist it with water to help keep it hydrated.

  • Covering a jack-o'-lantern with a damp towel will keep it hydrated when it is not on display.

  • At night, wrap your jack-o'-lanterns in plastic and refrigerate. This will slow the aging process.

  • After carving, coat the cut edges and the inside of the jack-o'-lantern with petroleum jelly. This will help seal in moisture. Vegetable oil can also be used.

  • There are also commercially available sprays and dips that will keep your jack-o'-lantern fresh longer.

  • Spraying hairspray on the inside of your pumpkin will help increase its life span.

  • Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on the underside of the pumpkin top for a nice scent when the candle inside your jack-o'-lantern is lit.
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