13 Days of Halloween: Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools

By Anonymous

Pumpkin carving is always a favorite activity for the fall, but this year HomElectrical suggests you mix it up a little bit and try pumpkin carving with power tools. It's faster, less messy, and the design comes out crisp.


Supplies needed to carve pumpkin

  • Pumpkin
  • Power tools (drill is popular, but we used a mini saw)
  • Spoon/ scraper
  • Marker

Step One: Prepare Your Workstation

Pumpkin carving is a messy task. We recommend that you lay down a tarp, trash bag, or something that you don't mind throwing away before you start working on your pumpkin. This way when you are done carving you can just collect the mess onto the tarp or trash bag and throw it away. No hassle necessary.

Step Two: Draw Your Design

This step can actually come after cleaning out the pumpkin if you prefer, but we decided to draw the design on the pumpkin first. You can freehand the design or you can print one offline and use a template. This creative part is totally up to you.

Step Three: Clean Out the Pumpkin

Clean out pumpkin

Remove the top or the bottom of the pumpkin with either a carving knife or a long serrated knife and clean out the pumpkin seeds. They are attached to the pumpkin by thin strings. You can either clean it out with your hands or use a spoon. Many people save the seeds to roast them for a delicious fall treat.

Step Four: Carve Your Design

Carve your pumpkin

Using your drill or (in our case) mini power saw, carve out the design you have drawn on your pumpkin. Once you have finished carving out the design, be sure to wipe off any excess pumpkin goo.

Step Five: Light up Your Pumpkin

Light up pumpkin

We do not recommend using candles because they present a fire hazard, so use a mini LED light to light up your design. Enjoy!

Did you use power tools to carve your pumpkin this year? Share your designs with us on Twitter or Facebook.