Use a large spoon or ice-cream scoop or the plastic scraper scoop that is made for this purpose. Learn how to make roasted pumpkin seeds, October’s favorite snack.
Step 6: Scrape the inner pulp away from the area of the pumpkin that you plan to carve until the pumpkin wall is approximately 1 inch thick.
Before you begin, carefully cut a circle around the pumpkin stem, lift off the lid and remove the seeds from the lid and inside the pumpkin.
Step 1: Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet until at least half of the cutter has pierced the pumpkin’s shell.
(If the pumpkin shell is thin, the cutter may be pounded all the way through the shell.) Step 2: Remove the cookie cutter, using a needle-nose pliers if needed.
Step 3: With a small serrated knife (or the serrated saw from a pumpkin carving kit), follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, making sure to cut all the way through the shell.Step 4: With one hand inside the pumpkin, push out cookie cutter image from the pumpkin and discard.Step 5: Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.Step 5: If you happen to cut through a pumpkin section by mistake, reattach the pieces with straight pins or toothpicks.Step 6: Rub all cut pumpkin edges with petroleum jelly to keep it fresh longer.Carve from dot to dot to cut out the pattern shapes.If an older child wants to help, the saw is much safer than a knife but still requires adult supervision.This notch will serve as a guide to replace the lid.For a bottom: Draw an opening on the bottom of your pumpkin if you want to sit it over a candle.Push the cut pieces into the pumpkin with your fingers.If a large piece becomes wedged, cut it into smaller pieces.