By Jennifer Noonan
Mix and match these tools to turn your regular pumpkins into Halloween masterpieces.
No. 1: Template transfer
You can easily draw your own template (or find one on the internet) to make sure your “Jack” comes out looking exactly as you planned. Use any sharp object you might already have — an awl, ice pick or even a ball point pen — to trace the pattern onto the pumpkin.
Once the outline of the template has been marked on the pumpkin, the rest is a matter of carving— rather than coloring — in the lines.
No. 2: Pumpkin saw
A pumpkin saw is a short, thin saw blade attached to a small handle that ﬁts nicely in your hand. It’s much easier (and safer) to use than a kitchen knife when carving a pumpkin, and the tool will enable you to tackle far more intricate designs.
A classic saw for a classic “Jack.” The rounded curves and small cuts in these jack-o’-lanterns were made using a pumpkin saw. The compact blade gives you control to make your scariest squash dreams come true!
No. 3: Power drill
A power drill will make quick work of a jack-o’-lantern’s eyes, or you can attempt a more ambitious design by combining your drill with a variety of bits and attachments.
This freehand design of circles demonstrates the detail and precision afforded by a power drill. The look is crisp, and it’s quick and easy to produce.
No. 4: Dremel
A classic woodworking rotary tool, the Dremel can bring your pumpkin carving to the next level. In combination with different attachments (from drill bits to blades to sanders), the tool is able to cut, carve and even etch or engrave.
This intricate Celtic-knot design was achieved with a 1/32-inch drill bit and a Dremel, which is capable of far more detail than a regular power drill.
No. 5: Linoleum cutter
Linoleum cutters are used by artists in block printing, but they can also help you carve details into the surface of your jack-o’-lantern that “glow” once the pumpkin is lit.
The ﬂoral motifs on these pumpkins were carved with a linoleum cutter. The range of depth in the carving creates a shaded effect, enhancing the design’s 3-D quality.
No. 6: Cookie cutters
Cookie cutters aren’t just for cookies anymore. Pick a theme, get out a mallet and start pounding — you’ll have a truly original pumpkin before you know it. (And, they’re great for carving with kids!)
This jack-o’-lantern was created using just a few cookie cutters. Although it’s not the spookiest of themes, it is a magical lantern to light the night and amuse any child’s fancy.
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