To carve these detailed designs, we used linoleum cutters and wood gouges to etch the surface of the pumpkins. Etching thins the pumpkin’s flesh, illuminating the design without carving all the way through the pumpkin’s walls.
In these projects, pumpkins are used as the base material to create completely new objects, ranging from elaborate creatures and haunted houses, to simpler lanterns, vases, and serving pieces for parties.
A miniature saw was used to carve the designs on these pumpkins. This tiny serrated blade is strong enough to slice through the tough outer skin and flesh of a pumpkin, yet flexible enough to carve out tight corners. For jack-o’-lanterns, haunted scenes, or any design that requires cutting all the way through the pumpkin’s flesh, follow the basic carving method.