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Pumpkins and Power Drills: 10 Creative Ways to Carve your Jack-O’-Lanterns

by Rachel Gregg
craft & maker

retouched completed Jack-o-lantern

Decorative gourd season is upon us! It is the time of year when we celebrate the transition of the seasons by adorning our porches with pumpkins and stocking our shelves with multi-hued ornamentals. Coming up with creative and inspiring Jack-O’-Lantern ideas has always been a fun challenge.

And one of the great benefits of CreativeLive is that not only can you get an in-depth education on the really important stuff, like selling your handmade goods to retailers, you can also indulge in the season fun stuff – like learning how to carve a pumpkin with power tools!

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To honor the season and take advantage of Jason Hoppe’s excellent tips, I went to a pumpkin patch and picked out the perfect orange pumpkin for carving.

To get started, I assembled some images for inspiration (see below!). Then I did my level-best at employing the tips he shared.

For your own power-drilled pumpkin project, you’ll want to create a pattern – I prefer seasonal above spooky so I went with a simple circular motif .

From there you’ll mark your pumpkin for drilling. I color-coded my drill holes to correspond with the 3 different bits I used to achieve a graduated look.

Jack-O-Lantern ideas carved by a power drill! Get more inspiring ideas on the CreativeLive blog: http://blog.creativelive.com/pumpkins-and-power-drills-10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-jack-o-lanterns/

One of the best gifts I ever received was this cordless Coleman drill. I’m not the handiest person you’ll ever meet (see the waaay off-center final hole below), but I’ve used the power drill for some legit home improvement projects and really got a thrill out of applying it to this little arts and crafts endeavor.

After I used Marthas’s tip to open the pumpkin from the bottom, I simply drilled each of the holes with their corresponding bit size. I did all the holes marked for that size at once so I wasn’t switching back and forth between bits.

Jack-O-Lantern ideas with a power drill

Then I snuck in a battery-powered light and placed the pumpkin among it’s contemporaries!

creative halloween pumpkin ideas

Now for a look at my inspiration…

This collection of pumpkins from Off Grid Home Sweet Home obviously inspired my final design. I like the symmetrical look and they get bonus points for the indoor display.

Jack O' Lantern ideas for amazing pumpkin patterns

This power-drilled pumpkin series takes advantage of a super simple plan (all one bit size!) but uses it in a very creative way.

Jack-O-Lanterns carved by a power drill! Get more inspiring ideas on the CreativeLive blog: http://blog.creativelive.com/pumpkins-and-power-drills-10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-jack-o-lanterns/

The 17 Apart pumpkin-themed posts are darling! They’ve chronicled two years of pumpkin carvings and the constellation-themed approach is a real show stopper.

Jack-O-Lanterns carved by a power drill! Get more inspiring ideas on the CreativeLive blog: http://blog.creativelive.com/pumpkins-and-power-drills-10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-jack-o-lanterns/

Consellation pumplkin

You don’t have to speak the language to spot an adorable craft idea. Remodelando la casa uses a hand saw for a more linear look – something Jason covers in his class too.

Jack-O-Lanterns carved by a power drill! Get more inspiring ideas on the CreativeLive blog: http://blog.creativelive.com/pumpkins-and-power-drills-10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-jack-o-lanterns/

Predictably, the Better Homes and Gardens jack-o-lantern round-up had some great pumpkins creatively carved by power tools. No shortage of inspiring ideas in that slide show.

Jack-O-Lanterns carved by a power drill! Get more inspiring ideas on the CreativeLive blog: http://blog.creativelive.com/pumpkins-and-power-drills-10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-jack-o-lanterns/

Jack-O-Lanterns carved by a power drill! Get more inspiring ideas on the CreativeLive blog: http://blog.creativelive.com/pumpkins-and-power-drills-10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-jack-o-lanterns/

HGTV  has their own step-by-step power drill tutorial and this photo reflects the look I opted for – blending carved and uncarved pumpkins together in the same display.

Jack-O'-Lantern pattern ideas for halloween pumpkins

CraftCorners.com use a black pen to add even more drama to to his power-drilled white pumpkin.

Jack-O-Lanterns carved by a power drill! Get more inspiring ideas on the CreativeLive blog: http://blog.creativelive.com/pumpkins-and-power-drills-10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-jack-o-lanterns/

If you want to learn more about putting your power tool to work for your own pumpkin-carving projects to create amazing Jack-O’-Lanterns, be sure to check out Pumpkins and Power Tools with Jason Hoppe – it’s FREE! And be sure to tag @CreativeLive on Instagram when you upload your carved pumpkin pics! We can’t wait to see what Jack-O’-Lantern ideas you came up with.

Are you ready to start selling your craft projects?

Download our free PDF: Etsy 101: A Guide to Getting Started! This comprehensive collection of notes, worksheets, and slides from Marlo Miyashiro’s class, Etsy 101: Launch Your Handmade Shop gives you the tips and insights you need to launch a successful Etsy shop!

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Rachel Gregg

Rachel is the content marketing lead for the CreativeLive Craft Channel. Her side hustle is floral design and her day job is awesome. @ms_gregarious.