Step 3: Preparing to Carve
Now, you can prepare your pumpkin carving area. There are two steps, the messy part and the carving part. For the messy part, especially if you have kids, cover the floor and table with garbage bags. If it's warm enough, do the messy part outside. Set up a garbage bag for the pumpkin guts, or better yet a compost bag. Set up a bowl for pumpkin seeds, if you're going to keep them.
The carving part will only require a bowl for cuttings.
Print off or photocopy your patterns, and set each one with the pumpkin that it will eventually be used for. Note that you can enlarge a pattern using a photocopier for a better fit.