If you are looking for a pumpkin carving idea that’s easy, a little different, and can double for great fall decor as well, pumpkin carving with a drill is for you. You can place these all around the garden and light them with candles (careful!) glow sticks, or even those dollar store led stick up lights. While I think this is safer than using knives to carve, still be very careful using power tools, and know how your drill works. And how to keep yourself safe using it. And if your arm gets tired, give it a rest or take turns. We drilled the pumpkins first, then scooped them afterwards. It seemed to give more stability to the pumpkin while you drill. Yes, your drill bits will get goopy… Just un-goop, and move on. :) However, if you prefer to scoop first, more power to ya! Here’s your tutorial on how to drill pumpkins!
Pumpkin Carving with a Drill
Step One: Create a pattern and use painters tape to help you mark it onto your pumpkin. We used dry erase marker to make the initial marks, then punched with a skewer to make it easier to get the drill going in the right place.
Step Two: Using various sized bits, we drilled straight into the pumpkin at the pre-marked spots. It helps to have someone hold the pumpkin while another person handles the drill. This was so easy and fun to do. It sure beats traditional pumpkin carving methods!
Step Three: Clean up the mess. Scoop if you haven’t already. We used a small knife as well to clean up any holes that didn’t have clean cuts.
We were so glad to discover this alternative pumpkin carving idea and do most of our pumpkin carving with a drill now!
We haven’t tried it ourselves, but we hear if you dip the drilled pumpkin in a bucket with a bleach water solution, it will last much longer. We hear a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water is the best bet, then let dry. Let us know if it works for you, or if you have any other ideas for helping your pumpkins to last! Happy Halloween! We hope you loved our project, “Pumpkin Carving with a Drill”! We think you will also want to jump on over to 16 Cool Pumpkin Carving Ideas , Fall Front Door Decorations and DIY Outdoor Halloween Yard Decorations! Also jump on over to our sister site, OhMeOhMy, and check out our post on Pumpkin Decorating Ideas – 11 Pretty Pumpkin Ideas.