Cookie-Cutter Pumpkin Carving With Kids

Create a high-end look for your jack-o'-lanterns with kid-friendly themes, from planes to stars, flowers and more.

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Materials Needed:

  • pumpkin (scooped and cleaned out)
  • cookie cutters
  • rubber mallet
  • sharp paring knife or pumpkin carving knife

Position Cookie Cutters and Tap

To begin, carve out the pumpkin guts and select a few of your favorite cookie cutters. You could try letters, flowers, stars — virtually any shaped cookie cutter. Pick one and position it on the pumpkin, then tap lightly with a rubber mallet.

Let the Kids Help

Even small children can participate in this simple step.

Cut Through Shapes With a Knife

Once the cookie cutter is all the way through, it's time to get out a knife. Obviously, this is an adults-only step. Keeping the cookie cutter in place, insert your knife and cut through the pumpkin skin.

Once the carving is done, add a candle and you're good to go. Kids love the pumpkin carving process but the projections of the carvings on the wall are an added bonus.

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