Self Carving Pumpkin




Tired of carving pumpkins? Have a large squirrel population in your neighborhood?
With a little guidance and a couple of days, they will do the job for you.

Required tools
1/8" or larger drill bit
smooth peanut butter


Step 1: Drill Guide Holes

The drilling process can be pretty rough as it is difficult to control the accuracy of the squirrel's gnawing.

Start with an uncut pumpkin. You do not need to open it up and scoop out the guts. The squirrels do that for you.

Using a drill on low speed to reduce spattering, start out by drilling holes where you want the final holes in the pumpkin to appear. As shown in the first picture, I have drilled 1 hole each for the eyes, nose and a line of holes for the mouth. Drill all the way through the pumpkin flesh.

Drill around these holes to make the openings bigger as shown in the 2nd and 3rd photos.

Step 2: Fill the Holes

Using a knife, toothpicks and fingers, put smooth peanut butter into all of the drilled holes. Try and get it as deep as you can.

I have tried using a cake decorating syringe but it did not work particularly well as the peanut butter is too thick. And it ended up being more work to clean than to have carved the pumpkin in the first place.

Once all of the holes are filled, wipe the surface peanut butter off all of the places you don't want the squirrels to eat. Its OK to leave surface traces of PB on the areas where you want the holes.

Step 3: Place Pumpkin

Place the pumpkin outside in a squirrel-rich environment. The second picture is was taken after the pumpkin had been outside for 10 hours.

You can add a little more peanut butter to the pumpkin to direct the attention of the squirrels to areas you would like "carved" quicker.

The squirrels will eventually break through the flesh into the pumpkin and take away all of the seeds.



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    12 Discussions


    2 years ago

    OMG so lazy and wonderful! I'm sure others already mentioned, you can warm up the PB in the microwave to make it a bit thinner, or you could stir in a little syrup or milk. I would probably use a meat injector syringe because I have a few handy. This is such a fun idea, thanks for sharing!

    Plo Koon

    8 years ago on Step 3

    Yeah. Terrifying. Heehee. Smart idea though.


    9 years ago on Step 2

     If you heat the peanut butter, it might work better with the cake decorating syringe. The only problem would be keeping it heated.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is ingenious!  If I had another pumpkin, I would totally do this! But I already used the Precision Pumpkin Carving guide on here to make an awesome tiger.  Maybe next year...


    10 years ago on Introduction


    I love the idea, It would be fun to leave out a few and see how many different faces you can get, maybe even get some mice eating them too!

    Then take the pumpkins and light them up at Halloween, maybe even throw in some of these and one of these for good measure


    10 years ago on Introduction

    It almost looks like bacteria... Are pumpkins good for squirls?