Eek! Pumpkin Carving for the Beginner

When I shared my Duck Tape bat pumpkin yesterday, I mentioned that I had never carved a pumpkin in my life. Well, that changed today, and I couldn’t be more happy about it!

Walmart offers a great selection not just of carving pumpkins, but of carving tools and templates that made my first foray into carving relatively easy! Even those who have carved before will appreciate the way these tools help streamline the process. The most important element? A carving kit, shown in the image below. As you can see, it includes a full set of carving tools along with a book full of instructions and templates for a wide variety of pumpkin designs. Beyond that, you don’t need much else.

What You’ll Need

Step 1: Clean & Gut the Pumpkin

We started by cleaning the outside of the pumpkin and cutting a circular slice from the bottom. This allowed us to reach and empty the inside.

For the record, this part was not fun. At all. Pumpkin guts are slimy and gross. I did get used to it after a while, but the idea of putting my hand in there was really not appealing.

Step 2: Apply the template

We chose the “eek!” pattern, which was fun, but not too spooky. After cutting out and taping the pattern on the pumpkin, we used the tracing tool to perforate the edges of the design, transferring it onto the pumpkin skin. What I love about this tool is that it will allow me to design my own patterns and still be able to apply them in a way that makes sense.

Step 3: Carve!

With the template transferred, the carving was pretty simple. My hubby used the larger carving tool to take care of the longer, outside edges of design. I used the smaller tool to cut out the details within the letters.

After we finished carving and popped out the cut portions, I had to do a bit of cleaning up to make it nice and even.

Step 4: Light it up

I wanted to use a flameless candle inside the pumpkin, but we couldn’t find any at our Walmart, so get grabbed a set of tap lights instead. Worked like a charm!

Next to brother bat, we have a pretty awesome Halloween display going on!

We plan to put them out on the patio balcony as soon as we figure out how to best secure them so they won’t fall three stories to the ground below.

But I definitely plan to make pumpkin carving a yearly tradition, because we had a great time doing it!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing my pumpkin carving project with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


  1. I love the stuff you do, it’s so crafty and awesome. I actually first came across your stuff while searching for my DIY Peacock costume inspiration lol. I have a few questions about it and was hoping maybe you could help me? Btw, I love the duct tape bat pumpkin.

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