How to Carve Your Pumpkin with Power Tools
Create a Spook-tacular Pumpkin with Less Effort and More Fun!

Halloween is just around the corner, and we have a fun new way of carving the perfect pumpkin, using power tools! Sounds like fun, right? Follow along to our instructions below and check out our video to see these steps in action. Any excuse to use power tools is always a bonus, plus this method is so much faster and easier - check it out for yourself!

Gather Your Supplies

  • Pumpkin
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill (with a variety of bits and a hole saw)
  • Drywall knife
  • Hand beater mixer
  • Jack-o-lantern design and carbon paper

Gut Your Pumpkin

1. Cut a pilot hole using your drywall knife and cut a few inches away from the stem.

2. Use your jigsaw to cut all the way around the pumpkin (you could also use your drywall knife, but where is the fun in that?!)

Carving the Lid - Carving Pumpkins with Power Tools

3. Grab the stem and remove the top of the pumpkin.

4. Use your drywall knife to cut off all the excess pumpkin from the lid.

5. Remember the old days of using a spoon to remove all the guts? Use a hander beater mixer instead – so much easier!

6. Dump the guts into the bowl and scrape away anything that remains.

Removing the Guts - Carving Pumpkins with Power Tools

Create Your Pumpkin Design

1. Print off a design from the internet or draw up something of your choice.

2. Place the carbon paper on top of the pumpkin and put the design over top.

3. Trace the design so it transfers onto the pumpkin

Tracing the Design - Carving Pumpkins with Power Tools

Tip: Be very careful as you cut out your design and use proper safety measures for operating your power equipment. Don’t apply too much pressure, as this could crush your pumpkin.

How to Carve Your Pumpkin With Power Tools

1. Cut pilot holes into the mouth, nose, and eyes before cutting with the jigsaw.

2. Use your jigsaw to follow the lines of your design – jigsaws are perfect for cutting curves and complex shapes, so this should be pretty simple.

Carving with Jigsaw - Carving Pumpkins with Power Tools

3. Once your jigsaw has carved out all of the designs push out all of the shapes to reveal the final look.

4. If your design calls for large circles to be made, such as the eyes, use your drill with a hole saw to make the perfect shape. For smaller circles use drill bits that will cut to the right size.

Drilling Holes - Carving Pumpkins with Power Tools

Light Your Pumpkin and Enjoy!

Place a candle inside the pumpkin and test it out once it gets dark – you’ll have a perfectly carved pumpkin, and we bet you had fun while you did it! Don’t forget to give your power tools a thorough cleaning before the pumpkin gets caked on and becomes harder to remove.

The Final Reveal - Carving Pumpkins with Power Tools

Check out our video for our final product and let us know how yours turned out in the video comments on our YouTube Channel! Happy Halloween from all of us at PartSelect!