How to carve a pumpkin with a rotary tool this Halloween

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‘Tis the season for pumpkin carving. And love it or hate it, even if you don’t consider yourself a pro at the whole pumpkin carving thing, you can still ensure your stoop is the best-decorated one on the block!

It’s actually pretty simple to achieve artist-level carved pumpkins with a little help from only a rotary tool, a stencil and a humble toothpick. That’s really all it takes! In fact, this video from the Dremel YouTube channel shows you just how it’s done:

Once you’re finished, you’ll have an expertly carved pumpkin — minus the “skills” you thought were necessary and, you know, a knife.

Now that you’ve got the know-how, it’s time to make sure you’ve got the materials. You can find a cordless rotary tool on Amazon for just $23.59.

And you can find stencils online from websites such as, and

As usual, Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration. Here’s just a glimpse at the photos and tutorials you can find for creating the perfect pumpkin scene this Halloween:

Black Cat

This tutorial from Lowe’s proves that a rotary tool can have you well on your way to creating a spooky scene on the front of a pumpkin this Halloween.


Spider Web

You can create a perfectly creepy spider web image using a rotary tool with this tutorial from Simply Designing. Once you’re done, place a big, black spider in the center and be prepared to spook trick-or-treaters.

Simply Designing

More Cute, Less Creepy

Who says Halloween has to be scary? Why not embrace the fun side to this holiday and decorate your pumpkin with something that’s more cute than creepy? This tutorial from Lindsay Ann Bakes will show you how to think outside the box and carve a cupcake into your pumpkin.

Lindsay Ann Bakes

Statement Piece

Perhaps you want to take it easy your first time. In that case, these elegant-looking pumpkins from the Tatertots & Jello blog might be perfect for you! These pumpkins are sure to make a statement.

Tatertots & Jello

Feeling ready to carve your way to a well-decorated fall season? Happy Halloween!