CINCINNATI — Perhaps you’re looking for something to spark your pumpkin-carving creativity. Or you want to carve something other than a standard jack-o-lantern. 

Here are 9 tips and tricks that’ll not only have your pumpkin rival your neighbor’s pumpkin, but will help preserve your fine piece of work:

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Makezine shared one of their subscriber’s modified way of cutting into a pumpkin. Michael Williams explains his logic behind this clever idea:

“For years now I’ve been unhappy with the choices for cutting open a pumpkin for Halloween. If you cut the top off in the traditional manner, you end up with singed hand hairs (at best) when attempting to place/light a candle. If you cut the bottom off, you can get the candle in OK but you’re stuck picking up nearly the whole pumpkin each time and it never sits quite right. This year is different – I’ve found the perfect pumpkin cut!”

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Simple yet a bold statement! This project was created by using a black foam pumpkin, then using orange pieces of painters tape cut at different angles to create the mosaic effect.

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If you haven’t heard of it yet, LifeHacker is an awesome website that has some pretty grand ideas to make things in life quite a bit easier! For example, they show an easy way to carve pumpkin by using a rubber mallet to push a cookie cutter through the outer layer of a pumpkin.

TIP: Home decorating blog Fresh Home Ideas suggests that for the best result, you should push the cookie cutter halfway through the pumpkin, then pull the cutter out with a pair of pliers and finish the cut with a serrated knife; that way you won’t have to worry about hitting the pumpkin directly with the mallet.

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