Why limit yourself to plastic toy knives and kitchen spoons when you can use power tools? Throw holesaws, dremels, and power drills in the mix, and who knows what possibilities might open up…
Add LEDs, motors, and switches, you’ll find a new way to enjoy Halloween!
Tools and Materials
Consider the following tools and materials for your hack-o-lantern:
Power drill with different size drill bits
Vises & clamps
TRADITIONAL PUMPKIN CARVING TOOLS
Coin cell batteries
Pro-tip: Use a soldering iron
You can add circuits and LEDs without soldering, but it can really help! A small amount of solder can go a long way and improve your electrical connections. For tips on soldering, check out this video.
Start hacking your pumpkin by drilling out a large hole. Secure your pumpkin in a big vise, face-down. Use a holesaw on your hand drill to make the hole. You might be surprised with how quickly you can make a hole, it's very soft.
Once you have a hole, scoop out its guts inside and clear the way for creating!
Take It Further
Add electronics, micro:bit, or Arduino and program your pumpkin!
Want to know more about circuits? Check out these resources:
Want to know more about micro:bit?