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

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.

Next Up

How to Carve and Decorate Faux Pumpkins

Learn fun ways to decorate faux pumpkins: by carving, using card stock or drawing with markers.

How to Decorate Paper Lanterns for Halloween

Light up your Halloween party with paper lanterns decked out in spiders, bugs and creepy crawlies.

How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Whether you are working from a pattern or free-handing it, having the right tools for carving pumpkins makes all the difference.

Spooky and Glitzy Candles

Take your haunted house to the next dimension with custom candles and specimen jars bubbling with eerie fun.

Stone Spray Tombstones

How to create creepy tombstones for your Halloween decorations.

How to Make Mad Scientist Jars

Specimen jars filled with bugs, rats and shrunken heads are inexpensive to make and add the perfect touch to your Halloween decorations.

Witch Crafts Halloween Projects

DIY's Witch Crafts hosts Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza share countless fun Halloween projects that will enhance your spooky season enjoyment.

A Glamorous Witch Costume

Who says a witch can't be glamorous? DIY's Witch Crafts proves that you can convert a simple work blouse and ordinary skirt into a spine-tingling witch costume full of flair.

How to Make a Punk Mummy Costume

Learn how to make a prize-worthy mummy costume that will draw attention at that special Halloween party.

How to Make an Easy Pirate Costume

Landlubbers, look out! This easy, inexpensive pirate outfit will help bring home the booty on Halloween night.

On TV

Decked Out

7am | 6c

Decked Out

7:30am | 6:30c

Decked Out

8am | 7c

Decked Out

8:30am | 7:30c

Decked Out

9am | 8c

Decked Out

9:30am | 8:30c

Decked Out

10am | 9c

Decked Out

10:30am | 9:30c
Tonight
Tonight

Salvage Dawgs

8pm | 7c

Salvage Dawgs

8:30pm | 7:30c

Salvage Dawgs

9:30pm | 8:30c

Salvage Dawgs

10pm | 9c

Salvage Dawgs

10:30pm | 9:30c

Salvage Dawgs

11pm | 10c

Salvage Dawgs

11:30pm | 10:30c

Salvage Dawgs

12am | 11c

Salvage Dawgs

12:30am | 11:30c

Salvage Dawgs

1am | 12c

Salvage Dawgs

1:30am | 12:30c

Salvage Dawgs

2:30am | 1:30c

Salvage Dawgs

3:30am | 2:30c

I Hate My Kitchen

4:30am | 3:30c

Stories We're Following

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Discover Made + Remade

See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.

Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.