Pumpkin carving is an enormous task for both beginners and seasoned holiday decorators. But with some practice, you can have a beautiful, albeit scary, Jack-o’-lantern to add to your fall festivities. This year, I tried my hands on pumpkin carving for the first time. I am happy to share that while the task was arduous and required some serious effort and time, the results are more than satisfying.

This one is my first pumpkin carving, and I sought to create an easy and traditional Jack-o’-lantern pumpkin carving idea for Halloween decorations, which even beginners can accomplish without any mistakes. Read on to learn how I achieved a beautiful pumpkin Jack-o’-lantern carving for Halloween 2023.

Note: I didn’t have any carving tools, so I employed two knives from my kitchen. You may want to get some tools as using knives can be tricky, with a risk of you nicking yourself.

Also Read: Pumpkin Fairy House Carving Tutorial for Halloween

Materials Used:

  • Ripe pumpkin
  • Knives
  • Spoon or ladle
  • Tealights

How to Carve a Pumpkin Jack-o’-lantern Tutorial

  • You need to cut a hole at the top of the pumpkin. Draw a circle around the stem area using the knife, helping you to stay on point as we don’t want to damage the pumpkin
  • Remove the top, and scrape the fibers and pulp on the removed portion. We will use it as a lid later
  • Then, scrape the insides of the pumpkin. Make sure you get out every bit of fibrous strands, seeds, and pulp
  • Once the pumpkin is empty, draw a traditional Jack-o’-lantern pattern on the side. It should have spooky eyes, a mouth with jagged teeth, and a small nose
  • Carving the face will come easily as classic patterns are easy and simple
  • Once carved, put a couple of tealights inside and add the top lid and that’s it!

Check out the video tutorial for clearer instructions on pumpkin Jack-o’-lantern carving:

Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
Image: Homecrux/Rishik Sharma
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Listening to her grandmother weaving nighttime tales to penning down her own thoughts, Priya developed a penchant for stories and their origin early in her childhood. After her master's in literature, she started writing copiously on diverse topics including architecture, interior design trends, and home improvement while learning the ropes of copyediting. Reading novels, painting, and baking are her favorites on her long list of hobbies. She also loves to travel, meet new people, learn about different cultures, and listen to stories.

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