Breaking Bad Pumpkins




For this year's Halloween I'd decided to do a set of pumpkins with images from AMC's Breaking Bad

So here's a set by set of how you set about carving Heisenberg and the Let's Cook pumpkins

Sorry for the jumble of pictures, I got arrived away and forgot to take as many as I could

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Step 1: Gather Supplies

Obviously you'll need a pumpkin (or three)
Also gather a spoon to hollow the pumpkin
A set of very sharp knives
Dress makers pins
Greyscale template
Music, tea and patience

If you want to save the seeds for next year, you'll also need a sieve to wash the seeds

Step 2: Gut the Pumpkin

Just cut a circle out of the top or the pumpkin to get access to the inside, and start scooping out the guts

Save the seeds of you want to grow your own

Step 3: Get Your Greyscale Template

Start with a picture of the subject, I used a fan-art by Norbface of Walt.

Start by opening the image in an editing software. I use Paint.Net
Find the setting to convert the picture to Black and White.
Then find the setting for "Posterize" or similar. This separates the image into different shades of grey according to the depth that you should carve to alter the light intensity.

Feel free to use my greyscale if you want

Just print onto plain A4 paper

Step 4: Attach the Template ( What Not to Do )

I forgot from last year how I attached the template so I decided to wet the paper and stick it to the pumpkin.


The paper looses all structural integrity when wet and even sharp knives end of ripping it in the wrong ways

Step 5: Attach the Template ( Right Way )

Get the template and start anchoring it at certain point with dress makers pins.

This will keep the paper dry until you start cutting

Step 6: Trace Out the Outline

Start cutting along the lines that separate the different areas, and try not to let the pumpkin juices seep through the template

This will destroy the template, so either have a device with the picture or a second print out handy for reference

Step 7: Start Carving

Start carving out the parts that are meant to be carved out

On the template, white areas are almost completely removed, light grey areas carved until very thin, darker grey is thicker yet and the black areas are untouched, leave them at the thickness of the pumpkin and leave the skin on

I managed to take a few photos of the Let's Cook pumpkin with the rough hacks then smoothing out the design

Step 8: Never Give Up!

If you've started, you might as well finish it!
I started at some point around half past 8

The first picture was taken around 10 I believe
By no means is this a quick process

And after many song filled hours, around 12:40am the second picture was taken

The final picture, the cover picture, was taken at around 2am

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    19 Discussions


    3 years ago

    you are really good at this where did you learn to carve pumpkins like it?

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    Reply 3 years ago

    just picked up a knife and carved a slender man pumpkin then wondered what else I could do. churned out a few toy story ones for my little sister then tried this the year after. looking for idea for this year though


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job! I am glad I am not the only one who has stayed up carving pumpkins until 2 in the morning ;-)


    5 years ago on Introduction


    Granted you used a template ( I would use), but you still have an a talent!! Wow!

    You've got my vote!


    5 years ago

    That is great. I'd love to see the other characters you manage to do.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Many thanks :D I have Jesse lined up for this year but no more Breaking Bad characters sadly, I won't have enough time to carve as many detailed pumpkins... Maybe next year when I'll have more enthusiastic friends :D

    But I should be doing a dragon one and take some pics with rocket candy smoking away inside and a Disney one for my sister