How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

an image of a pumpkin and pumpkin carving tools

Take your Halloween decorations to the next level by carving your very own unique pumpkin! It’s a fun and easy project to get stuck into with the kids and will make your Halloween decorations the talk of the street.

Before you start

Read our DIY Safety Tips guide and tools’ instruction manuals to keep everyone safe, and ensure there is always parental supervision.



  • Pumpkin
  • Skewer / toothpick (a sharp pencil could do it)
  • Pattern / Stencil (optional)
  • Masking Tape
  • Spoon

You can download our print at home How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin instructions here.


Step 1: Remove the Filling

an image of pumpkin filling being removed

First, cut a “lid” in the top of the pumpkin. Remove the inside of the pumpkin and scrape out the pumpkin flesh from the inside using the spoon. The more flesh you remove, the thinner the pumpkin walls – which will give you a brighter candle glow. However, be careful not to remove too much or you’ll split the side of the pumpkin.

Top tip: Instead of a knife, a Dremel Multi-purpose Cutting Guide Attachment and Multi-purpose Spiral Cutting Bit will help make this step much easier to complete.


Step 2: Draw Your Design

an image of a pumpkin design taped onto a pumpkin and being drawn over

You can draw a design freehand or attach your stencil/design to the outside of the pumpkin. Using a skewer (or sharpened pencil) start to pierce the pumpkin, following the lines of your design.





Step 3: Carve the Pumpkin

an image of a pumpkin being carved with a dremel tool

Using your Dremel with its attached carving accessory, fully carve out your design into the pumpkin. You can switch to larger carving accessories to remove more material quickly and use a Dremel sanding band to create a smooth finish.





Step 4: Glowing Success!

an image of glowing carved pumpkins in the dark

Finally, place an LED candle into your Halloween pumpkin and watch your design light up!

And that’s how to craft your own Halloween pumpkin to entice Trick or Treaters and get your home into the Halloween spirit. Don’t forget to share your DIY Halloween decorations with us @Homebase_UK on Instagram.



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