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. 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

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