Want your pumpkin to look more like a work of art this Halloween?
A power drill could be your secret weapon.
Now if you've never used a drill before, this is probably not the best project to learn on.
Make sure you get familiar with it beforehand.
Always drill away from your fingers and use protective gear as needed.
Aside from the drill, you'll still need your basic pumpkin carving kit.
But it will all come down to the drill bits.
So make sure you have different sizes to choose from.
For etching, get a sandpaper or rough stone bit.
You won't be able to drill out the top but at least you can drill out a few reference points to guide you.
And then connect the dots with a paring knife or serrated carving tool.
Now scoop out the guts and scrape out the walls.
The thinner the walls the smoother the carve will be later.
So it's well worth the extra prep time.
Once you're done, pick out a design with plenty of holes.
Check Pinterest or Google for inspiration.
And once you've transferred the blueprint onto the pumpkin, time to power up that drill.
I suggest starting from the inside out to avoid having it all cave in from the pressure.
Not all the shapes will be drill-worthy, but at least you can use it to make your marks and connect the dots.
Or round out tough edges using the [UNKNOWN] drill bit in your stash.
and save the best for last, the simple holes.
Just hold the drill steady and go for it, switching up the drill bits as you go for more interesting patterns.
Just make sure to clean out the holes all the way through to remove any pumpkin gunk you may have dragged out.
Once you're done with the interior, make your larger cuts on the outside with the connect the dots method.
And revel in your masterpiece.
Piece of cake.
For added texture try etching out part of your design with stone or sandpaper bits.
Sketch out the outline with your knife or carving tool to lightly break the skin.
And then go over it with a drill.
It likely won't be sharp enough to make a dent if you accidentally go outside the line.
But get your fingers out of the way.
Not bad for a first attempt.
And while the drill method may not be any faster than the traditional carve, the result far exceeded any second grade, triangle carving I'd attempted in the past.