Pumpkin carving isn’t very difficult, but
there are a few tip and tricks that make it easier and give you better looking results. Pick a pumpkin that’s undamaged and has a
nice big, sort of flat front section. One of my pumpkins got damaged on the way
home and it started moulding a little bit, but that’s okay. I’ll just make sure that I cut that part away. Put down some newspapers and grab a bowl,
because it’s about to get messy. I’ve got a special pumpkin carving set, which
works great. But for many years all I used was a simple
kitchen knife. The first step is to cut out the top. Decide what will be the front and carve a
V on the opposite side. This will help align the cap when you put
it back on. Now cut all the way around the top. Cut at a 45 degree angle to give the cap a
nice surface to rest on. Pull the cap off and start removing the insides
by scooping and scraping with a spoon. Don’t be afraid to use your strength here,
the pumpkin can take it and those stringy insides can be pretty tough. Thin out the wall a bit by scraping the soft
inside layer away. I usually scrape the front a lot more, because
a thinner wall there will make the carving easier and allow more light to shine through. Also it’s a good workout. And now we can start carving. The simplest way to carve a pumpkin is to
simply draw on a design with a pencil and then cut it out. I’m going for a Jack Skellington face here,
but of course you can do whatever you want. When carving, start with the smaller holes. The big holes will weaken the pumpkin, so
once those are cut you’ll have to be more careful and use less force. For very small holes, like the nostrils here,
it’s good to carve at an angle so that the hole on the inside is larger than the hole
on the outside. This allows more light to come through and
it’ll look much better. I didn’t need it this time, but if you accidentally
cut off a section that you shouldn’t, you can use a toothpick to stick it back in place. Finally, I like to come back with the kitchen
knife to clean up all of the edges. If you want a more complicated design, you
can print it out and transfer it to the pumpkin. For a two-toned design, first decide which
sections will be cut away entirely or will only have the top layer peeled away. Tape the paper to the pumpkin an use a needle
to make holes that follow the design. Remove the paper and connect the holes with
a pencil, referring back to the picture when necessary. Start carving with the sections that will
only be peeled. Trace the outline with the knife and then
start cutting away the top layer towards the cut. This will give you nice clean edges. The deeper you cut, the more light will shine
through. Try to keep an even depth to get a similar
colour throughout, or play with varying depths to get a gradient effect. Finally, cut out the holes that go all the
way through. Again, I angled the cuts to allow more light
to come through. For the eyes that wasn’t possible from the
outside, so I carved away some material from the inside. When you’re done, it’s a good idea to disinfect
your pumpkins so that they last a bit longer. For me, I’ll wash them in water with a little
bit of bleach. And then I rinse them afterwards and dry them. And that’s all there’s to it. Now you can put a candle or a lamp inside
and enjoy your work. When using a candle, don’t leave the top on
for longer than it takes to take a nice picture though. It will dry out and get black, and it could
even burn. Also, my Boo pumpkin doesn’t have enough holes
to provide the candles with oxygen, so it goes out when I put the top on. And that’s it for this one. I really enjoy carving pumpkins every year. It’s something about autumn, with the falling
leaves and the smell of the pumpkin, it’s just great. So I hope you give it a try and that the tips
and tricks in this video will help you out. If they do, then let me know by leaving a
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