Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks! October 25, 2018 by Becky Bell -Draw your design on the pumpkin with a water-based marker beforehand. -Serrated metal saws, which you can find with most pumpkins carving kits, make it easier to let the kids get involved. -When carving, keep a portion of the knife bald in the pumpkin and use slow, steady saw strokes. -Cut the lid at an angle so the top doesn’t fall in as pumpkin dries out. -Scoop out sees and stringy flesh with with an ice cream scoop. -Start with the inner most point of your design and work you way out. -Re-attach a section that breaks off by using a toothpick to pin it back in place. -Avoid digging too deep when flattening the area for a candle, it can rot the pumpkin quicker. -To prolong the life of the jack-o’-lantern, seal in moisture by coating all cut surfaces with petroleum jelly. -Fo smaller children use stickers, tempera paint, or markers to decorate with.