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In this instructable i will show you how to carve a pumpkin underwater.  Although it seems like a simple task there are a few tricks to make it easier.
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Step 1: What you will need

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For carving a pumpkin underwater you will need:

- a pumpkin
- pen, or marker
- Knife or pumpkin carving kit
- 1-2 bricks or extra lead weights
- (optional) collection bag

and of course scuba gear, unless you can hold your breath for over 2 minutes.

I thought about using my dive knife but its not really suited for cutting out details or curves.

Step 2: Getting prepared

planning ahead makes this task much easier.

Go ahead and cut open the top of your pumpkin and clean out the insides.

Step 2:  (optional)
Draw your design on the pumpkin with a ballpoint pen or sharpie ( use a red sharpie if your worried about not following the lines exactly).

Step 3: Getting in the water

once you have prepared your pumpkin.  Go ahead and start putting on your scuba gear.

This is where the brick or lead weights come into play.  Even with the top of the pumpkin cut open and you fill it with water, IT STILL FLOATS.  So place your brick or lead weights inside the pumpkin.  I used 1 regular red house brick.  This made my pumpkin neutrally Buoyant, you may have to play around with the weight depending on your pumpkin size.

Also when you get ready to enter the water its a good idea to leave the lid you cut out at your prep station.  It will float away if you try to keep it with you.

For the pumpkin carving knife i just stuck it into the rim of the pumpkin so i wouldn't lose it.

Now your ready to get in the water.
FriendlyO5 months ago

Where we go diving they do not allow you to do anything to your pumpkin above water. So you can not draw on your pumpkin or remove the lid before getting in the water. I used 12 Lb. of lead weight and my pumpkin was still really buoyant.

Here is the video of my first time underwater pumpkin carving.

arpoky2 years ago
Do the guts of the pumpkin float as well after being scraped out? This would make the cleanup process MUCH easier! Genius!
i used to carve pumpkins under water but then i took an arrow to the knee
>mfw I saw the title.
rybokc14 years ago
As a child, each Halloween that passed I always thought to myself, how would I go about carving a pumpkin under water? I always knew you needed a knife and a pumkin but how would I be able to breathe underwater while carving? now that I read your post I figured out what I was missing...scuba gear! Thank you so much, I'm going to drag my young children to the ocean next halloween and carve pumpkins as a family under water together!
happyjo4 years ago
ilpug4 years ago
sk8ter20art (author)  ilpug4 years ago
because i could. Im not the first person to do it either. It was also halloween day. would you carve a pumpkin in space if you had the chance?
no. if im in space ive got better things to do.
Ghost Wolf4 years ago
That is as crazy as my aunt trying to cook while standing on her head!
They had that up here in Washington, except they even had the gutting under the water.
sk8ter20art (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
i thought about gutting it underwater, but i was trying to make the underwater part quick since i only had 1000psi left and had never carved underwater before. Also I didnt want to make a huge mess.
karteks4 years ago
Really cool post
I often wondered how this was done. Thanks I'm gonna try this right away.