11 Essential DIY Pumpkin-Carving Hacks

Break out the cookie cutters and a power drill. This year, that Jack-O-Lantern is gonna look fly.

1. Cut the top for easier scraping

This also makes it easier to put a candle inside

2. Use a dry erase marker instead of a Sharpie

So you can correct any mistakes before you start carving

3. Use a cookie cutter + a mallet

4. Trace a stencil with a nail or tack

5. Make holes with a power drill

6. Use glow-in-the-dark paint + masking tape

7. Preserve with a coating of floor cleaner

8. Use it as a punch bowl or drink cooler

9. Turn it into a keg

10. Give them teeth

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11. Cover intricate, cut surfaces with Vaseline to keep them from drying out and curling up

(This tip was dropped in the comments by therbling and it’s great so it’s been added to the original post.)

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