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FUN Pumpkin Carving Tip (Use the Stem as a Nose)

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Pumpkin Decorating Tip

If you’ll be decorating or carving pumpkins this Halloween, try using the stem as a nose! 🎃


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All you have to do is place the pumpkin on its side and plan out the rest of the face around the stem. Popsicle sticks or toothpicks that have been cut up make cute teeth. I also used a couple decorative pebbles for the eyes.

Please note that pumpkin carving isn’t my strongest talent, which is why these overly simple designs work best for me! lol 😉

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Use what you have on hand to carve or shave pumpkins…

  • I carved a circle on the opposite side of stem in order to scrape the insides and then placed a corn on the cob holder on the outside for a “handle” so it’s easy to open and shut to insert a candle or tea light.
  • A melon baller is a great tool to scrape out circular shaped eyes. Super easy to accomplish!
  • Use the end of a potato peeler to scrape out hard to reach places.

witch-painted-pumpkinIn this no-carve pumpkin example, I’ve used a white paint pen, black craft foam, and a witch headband to embellish. You could also use a witch hat! SO fun, and I also love the stem as a hook nose.

*Note: The cute witch headband can be found in store at Walgreens and lights up!


 Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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  1. Alison

    Ooh! What crafty ideas! Love the corn cob holder idea Collin!! Can’t wait to try these out!!

  2. Mamu

    Does anyone know a way to keep them from rotting that YOU HAVE TRIED?? I carved one the other day and it was full of mold in two days and dipped it in bleach water after carving it which obviously didn’t work LOL

    • Amber

      I just carve them closer to Halloween that way the colder weather helps them from rotting.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      We usually wait until the day before Halloween to carve so I’d like to hear as well. Painting is a good option so it will last longer 🎃

    • Yolie

      The only tip I’ve ever seen really work – carve pumpkin, soak in ice water for 2 hours, dry, then rub all over with Vaseline, then spray daily with bleach water. It is a lot of work for a pumpkin!

    • candace

      Tried bleach (when I lived in NC they rotted fast) and it helps some. Don’t need anything in WI. I had also heard vaseline or wd 40 but you do still have to carve close to halloween if its warm out.

    • ChristieG

      I just read an article that you can use borax, bleach, petroleum jelly, WD-40, hairspray, rubbing alcohol, or old floor wax (saying old because I don’t know anyone that waxes their floors anymore!) . Used to use lemon juice. Peppermint oil spray…

  3. Heather C

    Simple tip… obviously too simple for me to think of – ha ha. I guess I always think of the world is more difficult than that. 🤓

  4. Cami

    Soo cute! I love these ideas 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Cami!!

  5. Melloddie

    I feel kinda real dumb for not having thought of this lol Definitely going with this this weekend. Thx so much!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! Have fun 🎃

  6. JenniferS

    Lina, What are the bright green see through tubes used for hair on the pumpkin in the middle? Would I find these at a craft store like JoAnn’s or Michael’s? Thanks in advance, have a great day!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi Jennifer – that “hair” was part of the hat I bought at Walgreens! I’m wondering if there’s ribbon similar at the craft store? Thanks for stopping by!

      • JenniferS

        Lina,
        Thanks for your reply. I’ll try Michael’s and JoAnn’s tomorrow. Hopefully one of them will know where to direct me.

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