Gather your materials. You will need: pumpkins, assorted knives, paper, marker, pencil, hammer, nail, candles, bowl, spoon, baking dish, sea salt, olive oil and cleanup supplies.
Trace the design. To create a fancifully carved pumpkin, you can use any design as inspiration. We based this geometric carved design on the traditional hex designs painted on old barns. Sketch out your design on a piece of paper, then transfer it to the surface of the pumpkin by tracing the lines with a pencil, pressing hard to make an imprint on the skin.
If needed, you can follow the imprint with a marker to provide a clear guide for carving.
Cut out the lid and remove the insides. For both designs, start by cutting out the lid of the pumpkin. After cutting in a circle a few inches away from the stem, gently remove the lid and scrape the seeds and pumpkin flesh into a bowl.