Pumpkin Carving Using Cookie Cutters

Carving pumpkins with cookie cutters


Pumpkin Carving Using Cookie Cutters

Halloween is fast approaching and as part of our Halloween (and fall) tradition, we like to carve pumpkins and I am sure that many of you do too. I know for us sometimes cutting a pumpkin using templates and a knife can be hard to do. They don’t always turn out the way we want them too. You can’t always tell what the design is supposed to be.

We decided to try a new thing this year – carving a pumpkin using a cookie cutter. If you have some Halloween themed cookie cutters in the house these will work great, but really any shape will do. If you have Mickey Mouse cookie cutters or any characters your kids love, these will make great pumpkin designs as well.

What you Need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Cookie Cutter(s) (I used a ghost cookie cutter)
  • Hammer or Rubber Mallet– if you use a hammer like I did, make sure to secure a washcloth around the head with a rubberband to not cause damage to your cookie cutters.  They may get slightly warped but it won’t be as bad as using a hammer without cushioning it.
  • Sharp Knife
  • Large Spoon
  • Newspaper (or paper towels, wax paper, etc)


1) You will first want to carve out your pumpkin like normal. Cut a circle around the stem so you can remove the top, and then scoop out the insides with a large spoon. Most kids love to help with this part. I like to lay out newspapers over the table or counter where we are working. You can just scoop the mess onto the newspaper. Then just wrap it up and throw it away when you are done.

2) Once your pumpkin is cleaned out, you are ready to “carve” it using your cookie cutters. Come up with a design using the cookie cutters you have on hand. You can use as little or as many as you want. It is best to leave a few inches between each design so you don’t break the pumpkin.

3) Press the cookie cutter slightly into the outside of the pumpkin to hold it in place. Then give it a good whack or two (or three) with the rubber mallet until it pushes through to the inside of the pumpkin. Pull out the cookie cutter and the pumpkin piece should come out with it leaving a hole with the design of the cookie cutter.

4) Once you have all of your designs in place you can then add your candle to the inside of your pumpkin to light it up.

These will make great decorations for your home this Halloween.  Let me know what designs you come up with!

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