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The occasion to carve up a pumpkin for entryway display comes but once a year, so don't break the bank on pricey, seldom-used items. Here are our favorite pumpkin-carving kits and tools, all for $20 or way under.
This kid-safe, seven-piece kit is perfect for beginners and young crafters alike. This one comes with two carving tools, a hole punch, a poker wheel, two battery-operated candles, and a scooper. With 10 spooky stencils also included, plan to have an extra-large pumpkin posse on your doorstep this year! Users love how smoothly the tools slice through pumpkin rind, while being safe enough for small hands to handle.
Make both deep cuts and tiny surface details on your gourd with this user-favorite paring knife. Its manageable 3.5-inch length, along with the nonslip ergonomic handle, helps even novice carvers wield it like a pro. If you don't already have a paring knife in your kitchen arsenal, this one is a worthy investment that you'll find plenty of uses for, well beyond pumpkin-carving.
Buy this bargain-friendly pumpkin-carving kit once, and you'll always have the right tools on hand for crafting the jack-o'-lantern of your dreams (or nightmares!). This impressive 12-piece set includes scoopers, saws, and fine-point tools, and it conveniently comes with its own carrying case!
Freehanding is hard, and there's no going back once you've made a nick in the wrong direction! Let this set of six cookie cutters be your guide. Press any of these shapes into a hollow pumpkin rind hard enough to leave an indentation, and finish the job by carving through with a serrated knife.
Before you cut, you must gut your gourd. This whisk-shaped slicer can be used with any electric or cordless drill to easily remove the strings and seeds, while also allowing you to thin the inner rind of your pumpkin.
To make moon-like craters, simply scoop off a bit of pumpkin rind with a melon baller. Young kids can also try their hand at crafting their own jack-o'-lantern face this way, before graduating to more complex tool sets.
An ideal tool for shading, engraving, or using in conjunction with a sculpting kit, this battery-operated rotary carver easily punches in pinholes, and it's great for those sculptors who don't have the steadiest hand. Users also note that it works best with lithium batteries.
If you're going for a constellation or luminaria-inspired look, opt for this inexpensive set of hole cutters to make short work of the job. Just scoop the insides of your pumpkin out, use a marker or wax pencil to outline your shape, then punch in as many holes as you desire!
This stainless steel set is tops when it comes to pumpkin-sculpting. The scoop gets all the goop out, the sawtooth carver cuts the lid and works on the biggest features, and the etching tool adds definition and stylistic finesse to the final product.
For adding fine engraved lines, pumpkin-carving pros are likely to reach for a set of linoleum cutters. This pick from Speedball comes with five interchangeable edges (all conveniently stored inside of the handle!), letting you create contrasting ribbons of varying widths around the exterior of your gourd.