Pumpkin time? Carve like a pro with these tools
How many have made this mistake when carving pumpkins? Grab a dull knife and start sawing away at that pumpkin (soon to be jack-o’-lantern) and before you know it you have a mess on your hands with disappointing results.
With so many carving kits out there, complete with tiny blades, it’s a snap to safely cut out the top, gut the gourd, and create a whimsical face without the agitation. In fact, many of the kits come complete with stencils, so you can easily carve a cat or spider (or whatever stencils are available).
Alternatively, if you’re averse to carving into that great pumpkin at all, consider painting it, or finding other ways to create an eye-catching display.
Here are our top tools for carving pumpkins.
Ultimate carving kit:
Let your imagination run wild with a set that includes it all. It includes stencils, scoop, carving knife and all the other basics for under $10. 10-Piece Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Set, $8.33 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com
Pumpkin Masters is one of the biggest names in “carving” magic. Consider a Jumbo Carving Kit that includes patterns, hand saw and more. The best part? It’s under $5. Consider buying several kits to allow everyone in your family to participate at the same time. Pumpkin Masters Jumbo Carving Kit, $4 (plus Cash Back & free store pickup), Target.com
Gut with ease:
Perhaps all your pint-sized pro needs is to find a tool for the most frightening part of the Halloween experience. Gutting the pumpkin! It’s made a bit easier with this scooper, which has just the right carving edge to prep that pumpkin. Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Scooper, $4 (plus Cash Back & free store pickup), Target.com
Skip the carving:
Not up for carving? We get it; some years it’s OK to let someone else do the work. We fell in love with this Jack-O’Lantern, which will bring a smile all who meet him. Good luck giving him a name! Fantastic Craft Jack-O’Lantern, $15 (plus Cash Back), Lowes.com