Super-Fast Pumpkins Made with Kitchen Tools
These easy pumpkin designs start right in your kitchen. A clay-loop tool, melon baller, apple corer, cookie cutter, and biscuit cutter make great pumpkin sculpting tools for tons of pretty and easy pumpkin ideas. These quick pumpkin designs are easy to whip up in a pinch and will delight your Halloween guests!
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Boo-tiful Pumpkin Letters
When illuminated, apple corer holes emit an eerie glow. This big "Boo!" looks like it took hours, but with the help of corers as pumpkin cutting tools, large letters are easy to knock out. Use a washable marker to draw a letter or initials on your pumpkin, and use the apple corer to punch along lines. Create a letter on each pumpkin to spell out the spooky message. Be sure you get the scary point across by using a serrated knife and a metal biscuit cutter to create a simple exclamation mark.
Tip: For thick pumpkins, use a rubber mallet to help pound through the walls.
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Cookie Cutter Carving
Mix and match cookie cutter shapes for the cutest carved pumpkin. This easy pumpkin design starts with moon and star cookie cutters. Try painting your pumpkin first for even more impact.
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Polka Dot Pumpkins
To make this sophisticated design, use a plunger-type apple core cutter to punch through the pumpkin's rind to create a perfectly round hole. Leave the holes open for a glowing look, or buy different colored gourds and mix and match the different colors of plugs.
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Cute Ghost Pumpkin
Try an apple-corer spin on an old-fashioned jack-o'-lantern. Use a rubber mallet to tap a metal biscuit cutter into a white pumpkin to cut eyes and mouth. Cut pupils and teeth from eye sections with an apple corer. Attach pupils and teeth with toothpicks, and dribble a few seeds from the pumpkin's mouth for extra spookiness.
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Fall Flower Carved Pumpkins
You don't have to remove the pulp for these pretty pumpkin flower designs. Using a clay-loop tool allows you to etch a design that lasts longer than conventional carved pumpkins. Start by sketching your outline with a washable marker. Use your thumb to stabilize your hand when cutting with the clay-loop tool. We love this floral design, which uses a different colored plug (cut with an apple corer) as the base and pumpkin scratching for the petals.
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Spotted Pumpkin Carving
This simple pumpkin design is all about polka dots! To create, use a melon baller to scoop out perfectly round balls. Don't push it completely through the skin.
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Pretty Pumpkin Tower
Combine your pumpkin scratching and apple core cutter techniques to make a pretty pumpkin tower. Select several colors of pumpkins or gourds and swap out the plugs, then etch swirling vines onto their surface. If you don't have a clay-loop tool, vegetable peelers make good pumpkin shaving tools as well.
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Fall Leaves Carved Pumpkin
Two fall motifs -- pumpkins and leaves -- join forces in these no carve pumpkin ideas. Use a leaf-shaped metal cookie cutter (avoid copper cutters, as they bend easily) to punch out leaf shapes from a white pumpkin and an orange pumpkin, then insert the opposite colored shapes. Use your vegetable peeler or clay-loop tool to scratch out branches.
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Flower Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
Here's another fun way to use cookie cutters and an apple corer to make pumpkin flower designs: Punch out the flower shapes from different pumpkins with a non-copper cutter, then remove the center of each flower with the corer. Insert various colors back into the pumpkins as desired.
Carve with an Apple Corer
Get our best tips and watch how to carve a pumpkin with an apple corer. It couldn't be easier!
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Drilled Pumpkin Pattern
Transform a pumpkin into a glowing pumpkin latern with an apple corer and drill. This pretty pumpkin glows thanks to randomly sized polka dots. To make, use an apple corer to create large spots. Add smaller accents with a power drill or sharp skewer.
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Daisy Carved Pumpkins
These bold pumpkins pop thanks to colorful flowers. This easy pumpkin flower design begins in your kitchen with cookie cutters. An apple corer makes the perfect round center.
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These patterned pumpkins pop thanks to an apple core cutter design. To create, sketch out your pattern on the pumpkin and use various sized corers to create the geometric pattern.