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5 Reasons Open Your Pumpkin from the Bottom
You know how to carve a pumpkin. You've been doing it for years. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself if there is a better way? Is cutting the stem off to make a lid the best way to do it?
I instead open the pumpkin from the bottom. I think it looks nicer without the lid cut, but in addition to that, there are several other benefits.
I know that might come as too big a change - it's not like how your Dad taught you - but if you have an open mind, you might just change your style.
1. No Risk of Cutting the Lid Wrong
Anyone that has ever carved a pumpkin (from the top) knows that you have to cut the lid at and angle so that it doesn't fall in.
Sometimes, you just don't cut it correctly and your lid falls in. Sometimes it falls in immediately. Other times, it may seem okay, but a few days later, as the pumpkin rots and shrinks, the lid can't hold it's place and falls through.
When you cut your hole into the bottom of the pumpkin, you should also cut toward the center of the pumpkin so it sits firmly on the bottom, however if your cuts don't work out, it's not as big a deal, because it can set without the cut out bottom.
Take for example the guy in this photo. His cuts were vertical for the lid, and I think when he put's it back on, he'll see it drop straight through
By cutting your hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, you don't risk having a bad lid, and you don't have to start all over.
2. More Space to Carve
The cuts for the lid reduces the amount of space you have to carve.
This is especially the case when cutting a smaller pumpkin, since you have to cut the lid large enough to fit your hand through
By cutting the hole on the bottom, where you can't see it, you have more space at the top to carve without hitting the lid.
If this pumpkin didn't have a lid, the face could have been raised a bit and not been so crowded on the pumpkin.
Cut a notch in the hole of your pumpkin, so you can easily line it back up.
3. You Can Level a Wobbly Pumpkin
Not all pumpkins are naturally inclined to stand straight up. Some want to lay on their sides, and some just stand a bit leaning over.
By cutting the pumpkin on the bottom, you can give it a flat bottom. This is also handy to tip the pumpkin heads up little bit.
Having control over how the pumpkin sits, you can use pumpkins you wouldn't have considered carving with a lid. This means you have more choices at the pumpkin patch, and sometimes you can get a better deal. Plus, if you've procrastinated in buying your pumpkin and find the pumpkin patch has slim pickings, you can use one of the lesser quality pumpkins that are left.
4. You Don't Get Burned Putting in the Candle
This is a simple issue of safety. When you reach down into a pumpkin to light it the flame comes right back up toward your hand.
By cutting your hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, you take away this possibility completely. You would simply place the candle where you want the pumpkin to be, and then set the pumpkin over it.
If you do decide to cut a top in your pumpkin, make sure to use a long match or a lighter to start the candle. Nothing ruins Halloween like a burn.
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5. You Can Use Wired Lights
A candle is certainly the most popular light for a carved pumpkin, and its natural flickering is the most beautiful, however you may want to set it on a timer to automatically turn on (and off) at night. You may also be concerned about kids or pets getting to it causing burns or a fire.
Electric lights can be used year after year and give off betting light then the small battery candles are they sell for pumpkins.
What's the best way to carve a pumpkin?
What's YOUR opinion of on pumpkin carving?
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on October 31, 2013:
If we were carving pumpkins this year, I would give your idea a try. Your reasons make a lot of sense.
Violeta Naruseviciute from Bristol, England on October 22, 2013:
Thank you for a very useful lens. I hope you do not mind for me including a link to it at my blog post here: http://badasscontent.com/fun-ideas-for-halloween-2...
changrcoacher on August 14, 2013:
Good grief! Did you think this up on your own? What a fascinating mind you must have. I think that innovation is as important as creation. Thanks for sharing...
Northerntrials on August 05, 2013:
It is hard breaking traditions but when it works it is not breaking a tradition but starting a new one... Awesome. Like when I stared making my own pizza starting with a layer of cheese instead of sauce. Pick up a slice cooked this way the toppings stay - not sliding off onto your lap. Start a new tradition.
NC Shepherd on April 12, 2013:
Great idea! I'll pass it along to my daughter for her next year's halloween pumpkin.
DLeighAlexander on October 31, 2012:
Good points for cutting the bottom instead. Have a blessed & Happy Halloween!
Nightcat on October 31, 2012:
Great point about more design room. My desoign is a tad large this year, so might try this. Thank you and blessed! :)
Tom on October 30, 2012:
I was wondering why you would cut the bottom instead of the top. I would still cut the top though.
anonymous on October 30, 2012:
nice! don't forget the vampire fangs. nice lense!
Kerri Bee (author) from Upstate, NY on October 30, 2012:
@anonymous: I think it's just the angle of the picture.
Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on October 30, 2012:
I never considered this option for cutting a pumpkin - I think I'll give this a try!
anonymous on October 29, 2012:
LOL! The man in the photo near the top of the page has smaller arms than the woman. Either one is a wimp, or the other is a fatty - maybe a combination of both?
soaringsis on October 29, 2012:
I have to try cutting from the bottom. Thanks for sharing.
JZinoBodyArt on October 29, 2012:
You've made me think differently about pumpkin carving forever. Thank you for this great lens!
miaponzo on October 27, 2012:
That is a great idea... I've never even heard of it before! Blessed!
rjvader on October 27, 2012:
I've heard of cutting a hole on the side of the pumpkin (opposite your carving side), but never thought of using the bottom. I'm tempted to convert to this method mainly because of step 2, I'm tired of walking on eggshells when I start cutting too close to the lid.
Pastor Cher from United States on October 27, 2012:
A much smarter way to carve a pumpkin. Great idea. Thanks for sharing it.
KidsToyTeaSets LM on October 25, 2012:
Very interesting. Thank you!
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 25, 2012:
People have been carving pumpkins all these years and it doesn't appear anyone thought about this until now. It's one of those "why didn't I think of this?" moments.
Bob Zau on October 25, 2012:
I'm calling the "Pumpkin Police". This is tantamount to saying the world is round.
olmpal on October 25, 2012:
Sometimes a simple trick makes the difference! Thanks for sharing!
Kerri Bee (author) from Upstate, NY on October 24, 2012:
@anonymous: Sure - you just need a timer like this one: GE 24-Hour Mechanical Timer
You plug this into the wall, and then plug your light into it and set what times you want it to go on and off. Also handy for your Christmas lights.
anonymous on October 24, 2012:
on your last point, the one about electric lights, you mentioned that you can put a candle on a timer. Could you explain how to do this?
Lisa-Marie-Mary on October 24, 2012:
Cutting from the bottom is a GREAT idea! I never even considered it. Kind of one of those "I coulda hada V8!" moments! ha! ;-)
treehousebrando1 on October 24, 2012:
I'm thinking about making a jack-o-lantern this year, and these tips will definitely come in handy. Maybe I'll make one of each to see which I like better!
Marc from Edinburgh on October 24, 2012:
Sounds like a good idea, glad you mentioned about needing a vent hole if using candles...very important!
fullofshoes on October 23, 2012:
Terrific idea that I'd never even considered but it all makes sense. Excellent lens... I'm definitely going to give this a try.
lilymom24 on October 23, 2012:
We always cut our pumpkins from the top and had never thought about cutting the bottom. We're buying some this weekend so I'll have to give it a try. Thanks. =)
flycatcherrr on October 21, 2012:
I had never considered this issue before, but you do make excellent points. Consider me a pumpkin-carving convert.