Carve a Pumpkin With Duct Tape




Introduction: Carve a Pumpkin With Duct Tape

Here I am going to show you how to carve a pumpkin with duct/duck tape, I thought up this idea when I was going to start carving my pumpkin and I did not want to draw the picture on because its can be hard to get the marker off, so I cut some duct/duck tape and used it as a stencil. For me, this work a lot better and I think the result was really cool

You will need:

-Duct/duck tape (doesn't matter what brand it is)
-Knifes (i carved my pumpkin with an x-acto knife)
-picture or drawing (what every you want the pumpkin to look like)

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Step 1: Prepare the Stencil

First, decide what you want to carve on your pumpkin, I chose a wolf in front of a moon, then cut it out and place it on top of a piece of duck tape. Now cut it out. I'm also going to show you how to carve the instructables robot into your pumpkin. Once the stencil is cut out apply it to your pumpkin

Step 2: Prepare the Stencle (ROBOT)

This is how I made the robot stencil.

Step 3: Start Carving

First, start by cutting the top off and gutting the insides. Then you can start carving the picture or face out, I used an x-acto knife to carve the pumpkin because it easier to get the details in. to make a lighter spot on your pumpkin carve that place out deeper, to make it a darker spot don't carve that place very much or not at all. For instance, I didn't carve shave the wolf down at all so it wouldn't glow, but I shaved the moon down almost all the way in some places so that it would be brighter and look kinda like the moon. For the robot do the same but make it more exact, not so gradually

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Now your pretty much done but you may want to clean all the gunk out of the crack, make the edges edgier, and add a candle!

Step 5: The Finished Pumpkin

Here are some pictures of what my pumpkins looked like. Hope yours turn out!

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    13 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Instead of duct tape ypu can use painters tape. I covered a sheet of acetate with the painters tape then put the sheet of covered acetate intp my printer and printed put my pattern right pnto the painters tape. I then carefully removed the painters tape from the acetate and applied it directly onto my pumpkin..
    Worked like a charm.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, I really loved yous pumpkin and I did mine but, I didn't use more than my memory and a knife.
    Of course, it wasn't as nice as yours(I did it in an hour and a half, just before going out with my niece)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    What kind of lighting do you use in your pumpkins?Is that just a candle?

    King Julien
    King Julien

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Amazing. You have my vote. I will try to post pics when I am done using your method.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Amazing wolf carving...

    You should enter it in the Duct tape contest...

    GREAT job!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    thanks! i did but either its not been approved or its not duck tapey enough