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Pumpkin Carving Instructions:
Printer and paper
Spoon or pumpkin scoop
Small nail or pumpkin poker
Serrated knife or pumpkin saw (the more complicated the pattern, the more you’re going to want a pumpkin saw)
Prepare your pumpkin by:
Cut a hole in the top for the lid. Make sure you angle the saw inwards so your lid sits on top of the pumpkin and doesn’t just fall through
Scoop out the seeds and strings with a spoon
Scrape some of the flesh from the inside so your pumpkin is about an inch thick all the way around (or at least wherever you’ll be carving). You can poke a straight pin through it to estimate the thickness
Print out the pattern.
There are two types of patterns. Some, like Scooby above, require you to cut the character out of the pumpkin. Other patterns, like Blue’s Clues, use the leftover pumpkin to represent the pattern and you cut out the background to make the character look back lit. Generally speaking, the patterns like Blue’s Clues are easier to make because there is less fine cutting.
Trim off excess paper
Tape or use pins to affix the pattern to the pumpkin.