Instead of purchasing a pumpkin carving kit, use items you already have to save time and effort when carving your Halloween pumpkins. Mr. Handyman, a national home repair and maintenance franchise, has perfected pumpkin carving using power tools! Power tools are sturdier than pre-packaged carving kits, and give much better results. The following tips will make your pumpkins front porch-worthy this year.
To remove the top of the pumpkin, use a jigsaw blade at a 45 degree angle around the top to create the lid. Watch how quick and easy it is to open the pumpkin!
Purchase a pumpkin gutter tool for about $10, and save time compared to scraping the inside of the pumpkin with a spoon. Insert the pumpkin gutter into your drill, tighten it, and quickly clean the insides without damaging the seeds.
To drill perfectly circular eyes, use a ruler and mark two evenly spaced places for the eyes. Insert coring bits into your drill and cut the holes.
A big trend in pumpkin carving is chipping away the pumpkin’s outermost layer. Outline your own design or one from Mr. Handyman’s website (see below) with a pen or thumbtacks. Place the tip of a woodworking chisel underneath the skin and push away from the outside edge of your design.
To create mini-pumpkin bats, spray cardboard and mini-pumpkins with black spray paint. Cut cardboard into wing shapes, use a chisel to cut slits on each side of the mini-pumpkin, and insert the wings. Drill holes and insert small bolts for eyes. Insert an eye screw on top to hang a bunch around your front door using fishing line.
For detailed instructions, and to print free pumpkin carving templates, visit www.mrhandyman.com and search “pumpkin carving”. Or contact your local Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale, at:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL