Mr. Handyman is an expert at using power tools on residential and commercial repairs, maintenance and improvement projects. This experience helped us tame the pumpkin carving chore to save time and effort. Here are Mr. Handyman's 2015 pumpkin projects, which will be shown on an Oct. 25, 2015 segment of Fox & Friends Weekend:

The basics of pumpkin carving with power tools begins with a safety message: only adults should use power tools and safety googles are recommended. Most pumpkins need the lid and guts removed. A jigsaw, cordless drill and pumpkin gutter shave time off these essential tasks. This year's tips were created to make you the "host with the most" and make your party perfect for adults and kids!

2015 MHM Pumpkin Collage

Pumpkin candy bowl:

  1. Use a jigsaw to cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin. The opening should fit a bowl to hold your candy.
  2. Clean inside of pumpkin using a pumpkin gutter and cordless drill.
  3. Trace a large mouth and cut out using a jigsaw or drywall saw.
  4. A coring bit on the cordless drill will quickly and easily cut perfectly round eyes.
  5. Paint your pumpkin black and seal with a clear coat of polyurethane.
  6. Add the bowl filled with candy!
Candle holders:
  1. Using a cordless drill with a ¾-inch spade bit, hold your pumpkin firmly and drill down into the top of the pumpkin. This will give you a perfectly round circle to place your candle.
Pumpkin Centerpiece:
  1. Using a sawzall, cut off the top third of the pumpkin. It helps if one person cuts straight into the pumpkin top and a second person rotates the pumpkin.
  2. Clean out the inside of the pumpkin using the pumpkin gutter (or by hand.)
  3. Soak your pumpkin for two hours in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water to slow down the decomposition of the pumpkin.
  4. Spray the pumpkin with polyurethane and drop your floral arrangement into the center of the pumpkin.
Brace Face Pumpkin:
  1. Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin using a jigsaw.
  2. Clean the inside of the pumpkin with a pumpkin gutter.
  3. Draw the eyes using a pencil and cut them out using a cordless drill and coring bit.
  4. Using a drywall saw or cordless drill with a spade bit, ...
  5. Carve the mouth with a chisel and drywall saw and use a linoleum cutter to define the teeth.
  6. Add "braces" by fastening small I-brackets or shelf brackets and a piece of wire.
BOO pumpkin:
  1. Cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin (a jigsaw works great!)
  2. Clean inside with a pumpkin gutter and cordless drill.
  3. Use pencil to draw B and drywall saw to cut out shapes.
  4. Trace your little one's handprints on the pumpkin and cut them out using drywall saw.
Teal Pumpkins:
  1. Cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin (a jigsaw works great!)
  2. Clean the inside with a pumpkin gutter and cordless drill.
  3. Use pencil to trace design or pin mark a template.
  4. Use a drywall saw to carve your jack-o-lantern & add your light inside!
  5. Consider printing and displaying the flyer from the Teal Pumpkin Project (http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.VipdzVNViko) which notifies trick-or-treaters that your home offers safe, non-candy items for allergy sufferers.
Mummy Pumpkins:
  1. Cut a hole in the bottom of your white pumpkin (a jigsaw works great!)
  2. Clean the inside with a pumpkin gutter and cordless drill.
  3. Use a pencil to race out your design or pin mark a template.
  4. Use a wood chisel to cut eyes and mummy features.
  5. Use a round, wood craft piece as eyeballs and hot glue the piece in place.
  6. Add a clear coat of polyurethane to preserve the pumpkin.
Ant Pumpkin:
  1. Use three pumpkins - one large, two medium sized.
  2. Place pumpkins together largest to smallest on top of small firewood pieces.
  3. Using a cordless drill and standard bit, drill eight holes (four on each side) into the middle pumpkin to insert stick legs.
  4. Gather eight sticks to use as ant legs and insert into the middle pumpkin.
  5. Attach eyes.
Alien Pumpkins - googly eyes:
  1. Cut a hole in the bottom of your white pumpkin (a jigsaw works great!)
  2. Clean the inside with a pumpkin gutter and cordless drill.
  3. Use the cordless drill with a coring bit to cut out a perfectly round circle eye (or two!)
  4. Insert a small plastic cup into eyes and add googly craft eye.
  5. Trace a funky mouth shape and cut out with a drywall knife or jigsaw (use slowly!).
  6. Add gourds to eyes, or drill holes for ears and add gourds as accessories!
Halloween countdown pumpkin:
  1. Choose a large pumpkin and spray paint it thoroughly with chalkboard paint.
  2. Use a chalkboard marker to make your design or update your Halloween countdown!
Black cats:
  1. You will need two small pumpkins with stems removed for heads, one large gourd and one medium pumpkin. Two mini pumpkins for feet and one gourd for a tail.
  2. Cut holes using a cordless drill and spade bit in the small pumpkins for heads. Empty insides using pumpkin gutter and cordless drill.
  3. Trace almond-shaped eyes with chalk and carefully cut using a drywall saw.
  4. Leave round pumpkin and gourd stems in tact and place small pumpkin heads on top.
  5. Spray paint all items jet black with a shiny finish.
  6. Add the craft felt triangle ears and place the feet and tail next to the pumpkin bodies.

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