Gutting Your Pumpkin: Tools of the Trade

Here's how I cleanly gut my pumpkin, smooth the insides, and thin the walls of the carving area to about 1-inch thick for easier carving. The tools used are:

  • Pumpkin Masters Jack-o-Ripper: A massive serrated scoop for severing the stringy stuff and scooping the seeds.
  • The Pumpkin Gutter: A drill attachment for quickly thinning and smoothing the inside walls.
  • Kemper Ceramic/Clay Loop (pear shape): A hand tool for smoothing the inside walls, especially behind where your carved design will be.

Transferring Your Pumpkin Pattern: Three Techniques

An evolution of pattern transferring methods. All you need is common printer paper, but you can take your techniques to the next level with these supplies:

  • Saral Transfer Paper
  • Sulky Stick 'n Carve

The Quick, Easy Way to Apply a Pattern: Stick 'n Carve

A quick demo of the Stick 'n Carve paper on a real pumpkin. Print a pattern onto one of these 8.5" x 11" sheets and stick the thin, flexible, translucent material onto your pumpkin. The design will stay in place while you carve right through it. When you're done, peel off the pattern or dissolve the water-soluble material with water. Available in the Shocking Shop.

Funkin Carving with Sulky Stick 'n Carve

This video demonstrates how to carve a Fun-kins artificial pumpkin using Sulky Stick 'n Carve.