Draw jack-o’-lantern face with dry erase marker

Yet another pumpkin carving discovery! If you draw the jack-o’-lantern face onto the pumpkin with dry erase marker, you’ve got clear lines to cut AND you can wipe off the marks with a towel when you’re finished!

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  1. Robyn says

    Make sure you get a pumpkin that’s easy to carve. Yes there is a difference and I had no idea. I got a tall, nicely shaped deep orange pumpkin that was impossible to carve. Couldn’t even use a pearing knife. Husband’s round more yellow orange pumpkin carved like butter.

  2. Parent Hacks Editor says

    You know — those cheapie pumpkin carving tools you can pick up at the drugstore work so much better than any knife. Pick them up for 1/2 price the day after Halloween.

  3. says

    We just used the Dry Erase Marker to pre-draw on our carving pumpkin. That was a great idea! They look better than they ever have…no sharpie lines! ;)

    My knife set did a fantastic job on my pumpkins this year. The cheapie sets have never worked for me.

  4. says

    if you forget and use a sharpie, you can use a magice eraser and it comes off easily also…also another tidbit, use a jigsaw and drimmell (have no idea how to spell that)…to cut the actual pumpkin.

  5. Judy B says

    We used this hack last night! It works best if you draw your face AFTER you cut off the top and remove the guts.

  6. says

    I just used a regular crayola marker and it worked similarly – wiped off with water (or pumpkin sludge). Hmm, I wonder if that was a washable marker?

  7. rb says

    This worked great. My 3 year old was able to make his own pumpking. He drew the face with dry erase marker and I used his lines to cut it out. The cutest pumpkin ever