questionswhat are you pumpkin carving tips?

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Try not to cut yourself in the process.

I honestly hated the cheap "pumpkin carving kit" from Target because well; 1) It's really small unless you're carving a pumpkin the size of a tomato 2) it bends fast and loses its "teeth" and 3) it feels like the scariest thing ever to carve with.

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Make very small, smooth cuts. Because the skin is so firm, you're going to want to stab it like it owes you money and saw the heck out of it to get it over with, but don't.

The basics are to get a good pumpkin. Check out the stem and the bottom and shake it around. In fact, get a back-up just in case. GLHF

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http://villafanestudios.com/welcome

I am not that good but i do recognize awesomeness, which this guy came up with and has been showing off for some time after his humble beginnings

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A plastic ice cream scooper does a great job at scraping out the inside of a pumpkin. One of the best knives I've used has been this weird serrated grapefruit knife that has a rounded, bent tip. I use a straight edge to make most of my cuts, but the grapefruit knife works wonders when I need to make curved edges.
Some find it easier to light if they cut the bottom out of the pumpkin rather than the top.
You can keep a pumpkin lit on windy nights by pinning tissue paper to the inside of the carved out areas. Using different colors can add highlights to the eyes and mouth.
In a pinch when I realized I had no candles, I lined the pumpkin with tissue paper and stuffed it with a set of Christmas tree lights. This comes in handy if you want to make a pumpkin ghost. Place pumpkin stuffed with lights on a ladder, cover with a sheet or cheese cloth pin the fabric around the face, stick a yardstick through the rungs for arms (also covered with sheet) and there you have a pumpkin ghost.

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If you do a really nice job, don't leave it out to long, so some kid will likely smash it.

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A buddy of mine has used a Dremel tool and works great

I do it the old fashion way and taking your time is my advice

When done spray it with oil or something to keep it from drying out too quick

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I have to say that I like the cheap $4 carving kits. So much so in fact that I have about 100 tools now! Every year I buy a new pack just to get that year's patterns. I have patterns all the way back to 1995 :)

I also agree with using something to keep them from drying out. At one time I used vaseline, but now-a-days I just hit it with a good coat of cooking spray (like Pam). Hit the inside as well as the cut parts.

Snobs like Alton Brown will tell you the pumpkin you carve is NO GOOD for pumpkin pie. DO NOT BELIEVE HIM! With just a couple of ingredients, a frozen pie shell, and all that pumpkin you scraped out, you can make the worlds most AWESOME pumpkin pie. People will RAVE about it.

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When cutting a hole in your pumpkin cut from the bottom not the top. When you cut the bottom out it helps the pumpkin last longer.

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Plan your routes, go slow, have fun, and don't cut yourself :)

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power tools
I use an orbital jigsaw and a Dremel.

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Have someone else carve it for you, lol!~

As you can tell, I'm no good at carving pumpkins either. Oh well.

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You can make any picture into a pumpkin pattern by using Photoshop and selecting the Photocopy filter.

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Make a pattern on paper, cut it out and pin it on. Trace the cutouts with a sharpie, then carefully cut the lines. Works for me.

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Print out/draw your design, tape it to the pumpkin, then "trace" it with a small poke tool - no lines to leave showing and allows for detail variation.

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@thumperchick: You can also trace it with a wooden skewer. It bruises the flesh and is less time consuming than the punching. OY! Those intricate patterns can take forever to punch.

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Protip:

After tracing (with skewer or punchy tool), remove pattern and trace with Sharpie, making the lines MUCH easier to see.

I hear you back there! "EEEW! What about all those left over black lines?????"

Rubbing Alcohol takes them right off. Invest a couple of dollars in some alcohol swabs (http://www.amazon.com/BD-Alcohol-Swabs-100-Box/dp/B0016A7PEM/ref=sr_1_5?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1350506537&sr=1-5 but cheaper at Wallyworld/etc).

Not only will it clean up those lines, but they are great for other things around the house...