How to Carve a Smiling Pumpking

Introduction: How to Carve a Smiling Pumpking

This set of instructions explains how to carve a pumpkin that has a smiling face. Use caution when handling knives.

Step 1: Materials

• Pumpkin
• Dry erase, washable, or permanent marker
      - Dry erase and washable markers are good to erase if you decide to change your design.
• Serrated knives
• Large metal spoon/scoop
• Newspaper or plastic table cloth
• Paper towels
• Bowl or trashcan
• Candle or flashlight, if you want to make a Jack-o-Lantern

Step 2: Prepare the Pumpkin

Step 1:
• Cover your table in newspaper/table cloth, and place materials on top.
Step 2:
• Wipe off dirt with a wet paper towel, and then dry the pumpkin.

Step 3: Draw a Circle

• Draw a circle – large enough for your arm and a scoop to fit through - around the stem of the pumpkin.
• Cut out the circle at an angle, so the lid will not fall.

Step 4: Cut Off the Insides

• Cut off the insides that remain on the lid, and throw them in the bowl/trash.

Step 5: Scoop Out the Pumpkin

• Scoop out the insides of the pumpkin with the spoon.
      - There should be no seeds or pumpkin strings left.

Step 6: Draw the Face

• Using the markers:
      - Draw two large triangles at the top of the pumpkin, close enough to each other for them to look like eyes.
      - Draw a smaller triangle in the middle of the pumpkin, in between the eyes.
      - Draw a smile towards the bottom of the pumpkin, adding teeth when wanted.

Step 7: Cut Out the Shapes

• Using the serrated knives:
      - Cut out each shape slowly.
• Cut larger shapes (like the smile) by cutting out small segments of the shape at a time.
• Carefully clean up the shapes, to make them look better.

Step 8: Admire Your Pumpkin

• When you are finished, place the lid back on the pumpkin, stand back, and admire your work.
• If you would like to make your pumpkin a Jack-o-Lantern, add a candle or flashlight inside the pumpkin, and watch it glow.

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    The pictures are set up very well. If you were just looking at the pictures you could carve the pumpkin. Nice use of gutter space. A overhead picture could be better when showing all the tools and products. Text is short and clear. You should add warnings to make sure you cut away from youself so you dont cut yourself, such as in step 7. Overall this was an appropriate and creative instructable given the holiday.