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Posted by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM
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I have a whole drawer dedicated to old cookie cutters. I have some that were handed down to me from my mother and grandmother. Others I've collected over the years. I have some for every holiday, and then I have some that work during the whole year - stars, ovals, hearts, diamonds and other shapes.

So, what do I use them for besides cookies? I use them to carve my Halloween pumpkin! Sound surprising? Here's how you do it.

Open the top of your pumpkin as usual and scoop out the insides. Set aside the seeds for a delicious roasted, salted snack later. Once you're done cleaning it out, wash the outside of the pumpkin and dry it well. Metal cookie cutters will work best for this job, so pick a few out that you like. Place the cookie cutter on the desired spot on your pumpkin. And then using a rubber mallet, tap the cutter until it goes through your pumpkin creating the perfect shape.

This year, I'm doing my pumpkin up in various sized stars. The end result should be quite pretty once I add in a few twinkling tea lights.

Moms, what suprising kitchen tools do you use to carve your Halloween pumpkin?

by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM
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batjmom
by Sarah on Oct. 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM
Wow I'm not creative at all. We just use knives and spoons.
michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Oct. 16, 2013 at 8:18 AM

We use toothpicks to poke out a pattern before cutting

EthansMomma2010
by Silver Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM

 wow that sounds awesome!! i don't have any metal cookie cutters though. will that be a problem?

for our pumpkins i have a halloween set that's like mr potato head but for pumpkins lol. i need to dig that out.

matt_sara_mom
by Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Thats a neat idea! I just use my cookie cutters for playdough play, sandwiches, cookies. 

We paint a few pumpkins and carve one basic one. These are ours this year.

sonnyswoman75
by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:44 AM
That is a very cool idea!
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k9l1c5
by Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I never thought of that! We usually just print out patterns from online and cut them out with the carving knives.

dusky_rose
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Hmmmm... I have no metal cookie cutters so I use a steak knife.


la_bella_vita
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM

 DH does all the pumpkin carving, he is very good at it : )

RobynS
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM

A rubber mallet... hmmm... I could see me bashing in the whole pumpkin trying this!

Love the idea, though.

jen113000
by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM
I use my cookie cutters for sandwiches. Never thought to use them for pumpkins.
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