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Carving a pumpkin: step by step instructions

Cut out the cover

First cut a lid off the top of the pumpkin. You can cut this round or star-shaped, depending on your preference. To do this, pierce the pumpkin at a slight angle from above - this is important so that the lid does not fall into the pumpkin later! Work your way around once and then remove the top part.

Hollow out

Now you can remove the pulp with the spoon. Use it to scrape out as much as you can until you have a wall about two inches thick. Tip: You can save the pulp and the seeds and use them to cook a delicious pumpkin soup and toast the pumpkin seeds.

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To carve

First, think about what you want to carve. Whether it's a creepy grimace, a cute face or just a pretty pattern: it's best to paint your design once with a felt-tip pen before you start cutting.
Alternatively, you can cut out templates, glue them on and pre-scratch the outlines.

Now it's down to the nitty-gritty: Use a large knife to cut out a wide mouth, for example. It is better to use a small knife for details such as teeth, eyes or small patterns. It is best to proceed carefully, step by step, from the inside out. Bear in mind that you can easily slip off the wet bowl and do not make hectic movements that involve using a lot of force.

Preserving pumpkin

Unfortunately, since it is a fresh food, the carved pumpkin will only last a limited time. Sooner or later it will start to mold or dry up. To extend the shelf life of the pumpkin a little, you can rub the cut areas and the interior of the pumpkin with petroleum jelly or rinse it out with vinegar.

Now you can insert a candle (try which size fits well in your pumpkin and shines brightly enough) and place the self-made decoration effectively!

You can also find more great motifs on this Pinterest page