Trading tips for gutting, transferring, and carving the real thing.
By jbf
I tape my pattern to the pumpkin using packing tape. I cover the entire pattern in packing tape, and then carve directly through the tape, the pattern, and the pumpkin all at once. Saves a lot of time. If doing an intricate pattern, I'll use also use thumbtacks to keep the pattern from moving when it's become unstable from having so many cuts.
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By amandap80
I do something similar, but I use an Elmer's Glue stick. Works like a charm!