Every year I carve at least a half dozen pumpkins. My wife usually does a few as well. Recently, we've been getting other friends and family on board, teaching them how to carve their own fantastic-looking pumpkins, using stencils and basic tools.

Now, it's time for YOU to learn, too!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

You will only need a few basic tools and materials to carve pumpkins this cool:

Pumpkin Carving Saws
A push pin, needle, small nail, dentist pick
a metal spoon or pumpkin scoop
tape (any kind)

If you don't have the resources or time to make your own saws, you can purchase them at just about any store around Halloween. Typically these kits come with one or more saws, a poking tool, a scoop and some patterns. The best quality kits are made by Pumpkin Masters, so get those if you can.

You will also need some patterns! My favourite place to go is Zombie Pumpkins, in my opinion the very best place on the 'net to get pumpkin carving patterns. Pumpkin Masters also has a huge selection of patterns, but they are only available in book form. If you're new to this, you don't have to start with the most basic patterns (leave those for your kids). All you need is patience!
Great instructable! I wish I would've found it before Halloween :(
Another great place to get precision pumpkin carving stencils is at <a href="http://ultimate-pumpkin-stencils.com" rel="nofollow">http://ultimate-pumpkin-stencils.com</a>
The best way to preserve your jack-o-lanterns is to use <a href="http://www.pumpkinembalmer.com" rel="nofollow">Dr. Frybrain's Pumpkin Embalmer.</a>
Excellent instructable, thanks a ton.<br>PIKACHU!!!!<br>
hehe pickachu is my hubby &lt;3
Super cute!
Thanks for making it look easy. I cant wait for next year!
Very nice! Our favorite alien looks great. :)
Nice! So you made one of your own?
This is the first year we haven't carved a pumpkin. I was referring to E.T. as our favorite alien. You did a great job. Love the finger. lol :)
Oh, I knew what you meant, but I thought you may have made one yourself, too!<br><br>Well, next year I guess! ;)
I made a saw out of a scroll saw blade and a dowel, great tips. the right eye is completely suspended by pins (photoshopped out of course)
Nice work! Especially with the eye; very hard to do right.
&nbsp;Thanks for all these great tips!! &nbsp;Here's what I did in about 5 hours. &nbsp;This is the first pumpkin that I've actually been serious about. &nbsp;I made some saws to cut precise cuts with, and got the pattern from some World Wildlife Fund/HP partnership thing. I'm going to try to preserve it with bleach, and no vaseline. &nbsp;I think that if I put vaseline on it, it will lock the moisture in and allow the pumpkin to rot.
do you have a stencil for that?<br>
Sorry for the late reply, but here:<br><br>http://www.worldwildlife.org/sites/pumpkins/
thanks, but i found it on google right after i posted the comment :P
hey thats as good as mine lol
Very Cool.
Sweet!&nbsp; <br /> <br /> There is a product - pumpkin dunkin - that you can buy that preserves your Jacks.&nbsp; I did the vaseline trick and put mine in the fridge and they kept pretty well.&nbsp;
Yep, the vaseline does lock in the moisture, which prevents the pumpkin from wilting.&nbsp; It's very difficult to use on complex patterns, though!<br /> <br /> The bleach treatment is only necessary if you intend to keep the pumpkin fresh for more than 4-5 days.<br />
I had my last pumpkin out until February. It was still happy.
Seriously?? A real, live pumpkin? That's amazing!
here, have a picture.
Thats what mine look after a day...
this is really what very scary is :D
Well, that's more frightening than anything you could carve... How's the smell? :P
i'd guess pretty damn awful
Tiger, tiger, burning bright<br /> In the forests of the night<br /> What immortal hand or eye<br /> Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
god, i cant think what that poem is <br>I definetly should know...
&quot;Tiger, Tiger&quot; by William Blake.
I thought it was spelled &quot;tyger&quot; with a &quot;Y&quot; not an &quot;I&quot;<br><br>lol anyways coolios jack-o-lantern
That is really intricate! It's really impressive!
AWESOME!!!!<br />
Whoa, I'm not sure if you can keep it fresh that long! 20 days is a very long time. Keep it cool, and if it starts to wilt then dunk it in a bucket of water for a few hours.<br /><br />But 20 days...!<br />
I don't plan on it lasting till Halloween.&nbsp; My sister was home this weekend, that's why I did it so early.&nbsp; I live in the boondocks anyway, so nobody will see it lol.<br />
&nbsp;Oh! &nbsp;Nevermind then. &nbsp;Excellent work, BTW! &nbsp;My first pumpkin wasn't anywhere near that complicated so I'd say you've got some serious talent there!
I'm not too sure on the talent.&nbsp; Maybe patience might be a better word, but thanks anyway!<br />
Yes, a great deal of patience is definitely a requirement.&nbsp; ;)<br />
That is amazing! Simply breath-taking!<br />
Thank you!<br />
To make it easier to see the holes you can sprinkle some baby powder or flour over them and rub it in a bit.&nbsp; It will fill the holes and make them easier to pick out.<br />
That's a great tip, thanks mate! I always had a problem seeing all the holes after I had made them.
I used graphite with mine, then sharpie'd in the inbetween lines that I was going to remove.<br><br>You can see the results below:<br><br>
Nice work!

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