How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins
Its quite funny how some of the most intimidating things are pretty simple if you really think about it. This year, we wanted to push our comfort zone from carving template/stencil  based pumpkins to something a little more complex. This year, we decided we will tackle it to see for ourselves. Guess what - the process was a lot less intimidating (though that can't be said for the pumpkin itself).

See also:
1. How to Carve a Simple Halloween Pumpkin Using Templates/Stencils
2. Simple Pumpkin Carvings Ideas
3. 15 Fabulous Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween


The below pumpkin from Extreme Pumpkins has been on our mind for quite a while. We were inspired to try something on the same lines and we did a little bit (ok , a wee little bit) of our own touches.
Carving Halloween Pumpkins

In case, like us, if you have been meaning to make something like this but have been putting it off for some reason or the other - here is a tutorial to help you kickstart the process. We got 2 pumpkins - one gargantuan in size and one pretty small. I have placed a Samsung Galaxy S3 to give you a rough estimate. But pretty much any pumpkin can be customized to your needs.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Next we drew a rough sketch of the face we wanted on top of the pumpkin.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Likewise for the small one (which we needed in this case as a part of the whole picture)
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Next using the pumpkin carvings tool (you get basic simple ones everywhere - we did not use any fancy gadgets), just carved on the lines. We started from the top.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Once cut, slowly try to pry it off. If stuck to the ends, poke along the lines to loosen it.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Also the fibres in the pumpkin might be holding them as well. So slowly work your way out.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Next step would be remove all those fibres and seeds.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins
We used a scoop to do the job. We set aside some of the fibres and threw the rest away while I picked out the seeds to make us some Roasted Pumpkin Seeds later
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Repeat likewise for the "head/crown". Set aside.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Next we started on the mouth.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Carved along the lines
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

and remove the cutout portion.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

From the top, we placed the little pumpkin inside to see how much hole was needed to fit the little guy.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Based on that, we trimmed some more - mostly towards the bottom than from the top 'cos of lack of space on the upper end.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

While that got done, we next started on the eyes.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Carved out the eye brows
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

and then the nose.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

The eye part was a little trickier, since you needed to keep the eye ball intact without it breaking but remove the surrounding (except the top).
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

So make sure to reinforce it from the inside so that the eye ball doesn't break. Of course - Take care of your fingers so that you don't hurt yourself while carving.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

We had to trim the little pumpkin to fit it in but it looked mostly done at this point.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

So we started on the teeth.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

We took some of the fibre and let it hang from the mouth to depict flesh and organs!
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Then we carved the little pumpkin. This is of course much simpler given how straightforward it is.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

The eyebrows and eyes
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

and then the mouth
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

which we then fixed for good in the mouth of the bigger pumpkin, making sure that the little pumpkin was pretty snug fit.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Replaced the crown
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

and then out came our painting box. We painting the eyes red along with a dark outline. We also painted the fibres red along with the outline of the mouth of the bigger pumpkin to depict blood.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

All we needed at this point was some contrast
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

that was provided by some white paint which was used to provide color for  the teeth.
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

Our pumpkin is all set ,  and utterly gruesome even during the day,
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

to welcome the little guests. Now, wasn't that simple??
How to carve Extreme Pumpkins step by step | Halloween Pumpkins

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By Alice on Oct 25, 2014

Great web page it really melted me make a great pumpkin