How to Carve a Pumpkin with a Cookie Cutter

Carve perfect shapes into your pumpkin by using cookie cutters. A little muscle makes it possible. We'll show you how!

Carve perfect shapes into your pumpkin by using cookie cutters. A little muscle makes it possible -- we show you how.

This Halloween, simplify your pumpkin carving with a different kind of tool—cookie cutters! Metal cookie cutters are perfect for cutting out a repeating pattern. Clean out your pumpkin first, then learn the secret to the cookie cutter carving method. Come trick or treating night, your neighbors will be wondering how you got such precise shapes!

Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

What You'll Need

  • Halloween-theme metal cookie cutters
  • Rubber mallet
  • Paring knife (optional)
  • Spray bottle with water (optional)

How to Make It

You'll want to use sturdy cutters for this project. Avoid plastic or copper cutters; they're too soft and may bend or break. Plan out a design with a Halloween theme—think bats, cats, and ghosts. For this pumpkin, we chose a spooky night scene. Use a rubber mallet to tap the sharp end of the cookie cutter through the pumpkin. A gentle but firm touch will do the trick. Pumpkin skin is thick, but you don't want to accidentally cave in the wall. Push from the inside out to remove the cutout. If you're struggling to remove the cutout piece, take the cookie cutter out first, then finish cutting the outline with a paring knife. You should be left with a perfectly shaped opening in the pumpkin. Repeat with different cookie cutters as desired.

Mix and Match

To get uniform circles or a polka-dot look, turn to another tool from your kitchen drawers—an apple corer. The technique is the same as with the cookie cutters. Just tap the back of the corer with a mallet and press out the plug created. For larger circles, use a metal biscuit cutter instead. Swap out different colored cookie cutter or corer shapes in other pumpkins for a unique pattern. If needed, spritz cutouts with water to keep them from drying out while you work.

Ghostly Grin

Here's one way you can use a biscuit cutter instead of a cookie cutter. For a wide-mouthed ghostly gaze, punch out three holes for the eyes and mouth. Give it extra detail with apple corer pupils and teeth, each attached with the help of a toothpick. Arrange a handful of seeds coming out of its mouth to give Halloween guests a fright!

Line Up Leaves

This pumpkin design shows that the cookie cutters you use for this project don't necessarily have to have a Halloween-theme. Leaf-shape cutters make an elegant pattern that can work as decor throughout the season. Exchange leaves from different colored pumpkins, or remove the cutouts to let the leaves glow.

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