Collage of different carved pumpkins

The Tricks and Treats of Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools

Mr. Handyman is known for using power tools on residential and commercial repairs, maintenance and improvement projects, and pumpkin carving. Yep you heard us right, pumpkin carving!

A jigsaw, cordless drill and pumpkin gutter shave time off the essential tasks in pumpkin carving. Just take a look at some of our new pumpkin projects which will be shown during the Oct. 29, 2016 segment of Fox & Friends this weekend.

This year's tips focus on being the host with the most this Halloween season. Let your guests come together and create some great looking pumpkins that appeal to adults and kids. Of course safety comes first and only adults should use power tools and safety googles are recommended.

After gutting and cutting your pumpkins, soak in three gallons of water with three tablespoons of bleach to kill bacteria and prevent mold growth. Once your pumpkin project is completed, adding a clear coat of spray or brushed-on polyurethane will add shine and help to preserve your masterpiece!

Now get out those tools and create some great looking tricks and treats!

Golfing Pumpkin:

  1. Take a large, tall pumpkin. Trace a large oval for a mouth and cut with a jigsaw.
  2. Gut the pumpkin completely and then cut the eyes, nose and eyebrows using a drywall saw.
  3. Line up your pumpkin on the putting green for a little pre-party fun!

Vomit Pumpkin:

  1. This is a creepy way to serve your chips and dip at your Halloween party!
  2. Use a cordless drill with a coring bit for a perfectly round mouth and decorate the eyes with a drywall saw. A cordless drill with a spade bit is perfect for a small round nose.
  3. Park your pumpkin on a platter of chips and spread your guacamole or dip out in front for a gruesome effect!

Skull & Mum Pumpkin:

  1. Cut a wide opening from the top of the pumpkin using a jigsaw.
  2. Next, quickly clean the inside of your pumpkin with a cordless drill and pumpkin gutter. Save about 15 minutes with this quick pumpkin gutting trick!
  3. Cut two perfectly round eyes using a cordless drill and coring bit.
  4. Use a drywall saw to cut the nose & mouth.
  5. Add flowers to demo & reference finish display which is painted.

Pumpkin Cooler:

  1. Mark your line with a dry erase marker.
  2. Use the oscillating tool to easily cut a round pumpkin in half.
  3. Gut the pumpkin using the pumpkin gutter.
  4. Add the saucer with water and dry ice.
  5. Add the clear glass bowl filled with ice.
  6. Insert tasty beverages & spiders for a spooky display.

Filigree Pumpkin:

  1. Cut a hole in the bottom and gut the pumpkin using a jigsaw and pumpkin gutter.
  2. Use painters tape to create a straight line around the pumpkin and pre-mark & evenly space holes to create this style.
  3. A cordless drill and a simple drill bit for one size or incorporate a spade bit to create a more complex filigree effect.

Mummy Pumpkin:

  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.

Fairytale Pumpkin:

  1. Cut and gut the pumpkin from the bottom.
  2. Cut a large rectangle opening from the front of the pumpkin.
  3. Add a cardboard “floor” along the inside, bottom of the pumpkin.
  4. Place dried moss purchased from a craft store along the bottom of the pumpkin.
  5. Using a hot glue gun, affix mini trees and bushes to the moss and cardboard base.
  6. Create a woodland creature’s scene inside the pumpkin and attach with the hot glue gun.

Jack-the-Cat Pumpkin:

  1. Print the Jack-the-Cat pumpkin carving template at the desired size to fit your pumpkin and tape it to the front surface.
  2. Use a push pin to imprint the pattern onto the pumpkin skin and remove the template.
  3. Use a drywall saw or knife to carve out the spaces to create a perfect cat face.
  4. You can paint the pumpkin white or black and finish with a coat of clear, polyurethane.

Ghost Gourds:

  1. Paint the two bottom pumpkins and the top gourd, white.
  2. Cut and gut the middle pumpkin from the bottom and using a wax crayon, write the word “BOO.”
  3. Use a push pin to imprint the pattern onto the pumpkin skin and remove the template.
  4. Use a drywall saw or knife to carve out the spaces to show off the letters.
  5. Cut and gut the gourd from the bottom and stack the three pieces.
  6. Using a black permanent marker or acrylic paint, create the ghost face.
  7. Once dry cover with a thin layer of cheesecloth.

Whale Pumpkin:

  1. Select a long, narrow pumpkin.
  2. Cut the bottom two-thirds off and this section becomes the head of the whale.
  3. Remove the stem and save.
  4. Of the remaining one-third pumpkin, trace a whale’s tail and cut out.
  5. Cut the eyes using a half-inch spade bit and cordless drill.
  6. Turn the stem upside down and using a hot glue gun, attach it to the whale’s head as a blow hole.
  7. Place the head and tail on a platter and surround with candy!


  1. Find a large, rectangle type pumpkin.
  2. Cut and gut the pumpkin from the bottom.
  3. Draw Frankie’s face with a wax crayon or dry erase marker.
  4. Use a drywall saw or knife to cut away the monster’s face.
  5. Paint the pumpkin green and once dry, place a silver bolt on each side of the pumpkin’s “neck.”


  1. Displays like these look great in sets of three. Choose one, medium round and two, medium oval pumpkins for this design.
  2. Cut and gut the pumpkins from the bottom.
  3. Use our lantern template to attach to the pumpkin’s face, trace the design and carve using a drywall saw or knife.
  4. Paint the pumpkins white. Once dry, add a layer of black paint around the carved areas to define the lantern.
  5. Add yellow tissue paper inside the pumpkin to emphasize the glowing effect.
  6. Place the completed project on plant stands, deck rails or along porch steps.