Halloween Pumpkin Carving: Drill Meet Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Drill!  Here is a creative a fun way to carve your pumpkin. .  Be sure to check out all our Halloween party and decoration inspiration. carvingIt’s pumpkin time! I don’t usually start carving till it gets closer to Halloween. But I keep seeing decorations in neighbor’s yards, and once I saw these bad boys on Pinterest, I had to get going! The drill is my new favorite carving tool.

IMG_9617I cut two of them with a big notch out the back to get in there and clean better. The lids still fit right back on.  I sprayed the insides with bleach to kill bacteria so they’ll last me till Halloween.

IMG_9621Once they’re all cleaned out, toss that little orange knife, grab a drill and go to town.

IMG_9623First, do yourself a favor and lay down some plastic or paper. Otherwise, you’ll spend 20 minutes power spraying pumpkin bits into your front yard.IMG_9625I have seen lots of fun designs. Make it up as you go. After seeing them at night, the more holes the better! I liked the ½ inch drill bit the best and I wouldn’t go smaller than ¼ inch.

IMG_9632If you want to make one a vase, make sure you cut a round top so the flowers stand up. I added a little bowl of water, but pick a hearty wild flower and they’ll last longer.

IMG_9637For night time fill them with candles or a battery powered light. I tried glow sticks, but they weren’t  bright enough for me.  Make sure to wash your bits and Q-tip out your drill before it dries. I wouldn’t want anyone getting in  trouble over these cute pumpkins.

Now for all those seeds. Mush ‘em around real good to separate the seeds from that sticky, stringy pulp.IMG_9640Fill your bowl up with water and all your seeds will float so you can skim ‘em off the top with a slotted spoon.IMG_9641Rinse and strain ‘em…IMG_9642Now here’s the detailed part. Toss ‘em on a cookie sheet with some olive oil and a ton of salt and toast ‘em for 15-20 minutes at 400. Stir ‘em about half way through. When they turn golden brown and crunchy, they’re ready to eat!  If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle on some garlic and Parmesan cheese. Feeling sweet? Cinnamon/sugar  those puppies.IMG_9644Now don’t you feel responsible for using all the parts of your pumpkin?