Step 9: Repairs

Hopefully you will never need to do repairs, but if you do, here are some tips.

If you accidentally cut a piece off that wasn't supposed to be cut, line the piece back up and push a few tooth picks at different angles into the cut edges to hold the piece in place.

If the section that was cut is too small for a toothpick, use individual staples instead. Don't staple directly onto the pumpkin, just break them off one at a time and push them in by hand.

For very serious repairs, you can even cut a whole new section of pumpkin using the pattern and graft it onto the pumpkin - though this is extremely difficult to do.
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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