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Colour Changing Crystal lamp we all want

Posted by Decor Dekor

Colour Changing Crystal Lamp we all want!

 

Crystal lamp.

 

We recently stumbled upon a video on TikTok which featured a colour changing crystal lamp, you change the colour of this crystal lamp by pressing the top ever so softly - this lead the colour changing crystal lamp to change its colour!

 

Then a hunt started, what are this lamps and where do we get them for sale? Needless to say, all the people we showed the video wanted the colour changing crystal lamp. 

 

And after a strike of blind luck, we now have the awesome lamps for sale! You can find them through here. 

 

✨ ADD BEAUTY & LUXURY TO ANY ATMOSPHERE ✨





The handcrafted crystal reflects the light and shadow like diamonds, showing charming light effects. The entire table lamp consists of smooth lines and simple design. The square matrix cut reflects light and shadow like a diamond and shows fascinating plays of light and shadow. The perfect nightlight, desk lamp or room light!









3D LIGHT EFFECT & 16 COLORS

The exquisite crystal adopts a touchpad to power ON / OFF the gorgeous temperament. Including a Bluetooth remote with 16 colors / settings to choose from.





USB RECHARGEABLE

Having the lights on at home all the time can be consuming. Save money and energy with our rechargeable LED Light. From 16 Different Modes & Colors to light up the room completely!









TOUCHPAD DIMMING EFFECT

Simply hold down the touchpad to dim the lamp to your desired effect. Achieve a romantic candlelight effect or brighten up a room with crystal starlit glow.







IDEAL FOR ANY ROOM & HOUSE

Spice up every room of your home, setting the right vibes and making a perfect conversational party piece!







PERFECT FOR HOLIDAY DINING AND RESTAURANTS

Get festive this Holiday Season and add this exquisite illuminated art piece to your dinner table and emulate romantic candlelit-like lightning. Achieve a luxury restaurant-style dinner experience from the comfort of your home!



SPECIFICATIONS

Height: 9 inches and 4.5 inches diameter
Material: Premium Acrylic Crystal Design
16 RGB Colors & 3D Light Effect
Switch Style: Touchpad Dimming / Remote Control
USB Charging (Battery life lasts 10 hours with 1 hour of charge)

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Colour Changing Crystal Lamp we all want!

 

Crystal lamp.

 

We recently stumbled upon a video on TikTok which featured a colour changing crystal lamp, you change the colour of this crystal lamp by pressing the top ever so softly - this lead the colour changing crystal lamp to change its colour!

 

Then a hunt started, what are this lamps and where do we get them for sale? Needless to say, all the people we showed the video wanted the colour changing crystal lamp. 

 

And after a strike of blind luck, we now have the awesome lamps for sale! You can find them through here. 

 

✨ ADD BEAUTY & LUXURY TO ANY ATMOSPHERE ✨





The handcrafted crystal reflects the light and shadow like diamonds, showing charming light effects. The entire table lamp consists of smooth lines and simple design. The square matrix cut reflects light and shadow like a diamond and shows fascinating plays of light and shadow. The perfect nightlight, desk lamp or room light!









3D LIGHT EFFECT & 16 COLORS

The exquisite crystal adopts a touchpad to power ON / OFF the gorgeous temperament. Including a Bluetooth remote with 16 colors / settings to choose from.





USB RECHARGEABLE

Having the lights on at home all the time can be consuming. Save money and energy with our rechargeable LED Light. From 16 Different Modes & Colors to light up the room completely!









TOUCHPAD DIMMING EFFECT

Simply hold down the touchpad to dim the lamp to your desired effect. Achieve a romantic candlelight effect or brighten up a room with crystal starlit glow.







IDEAL FOR ANY ROOM & HOUSE

Spice up every room of your home, setting the right vibes and making a perfect conversational party piece!







PERFECT FOR HOLIDAY DINING AND RESTAURANTS

Get festive this Holiday Season and add this exquisite illuminated art piece to your dinner table and emulate romantic candlelit-like lightning. Achieve a luxury restaurant-style dinner experience from the comfort of your home!



SPECIFICATIONS

Height: 9 inches and 4.5 inches diameter
Material: Premium Acrylic Crystal Design
16 RGB Colors & 3D Light Effect
Switch Style: Touchpad Dimming / Remote Control
USB Charging (Battery life lasts 10 hours with 1 hour of charge)

Read more

4 Cloud Beds You Cannot Live Without

Posted by Decor Dekor

a girl sleeping on a cloud.

 

You might have stumbled into people sleeping "on the clouds" on TikTok. The new viral trend is both aesthetic and good for your sleep. Here we list four cloud beds that you cannot live without.

 

 

1.

Skandi leather soft back bed 1.5/1.8M frame bed

 

A cloud bed basking on the sun.

 

Are you ready to update your style? This bed will surely class up your bedroom. Futuristic and aesthetic bed that doesn't leave anyone cold.

 

2.

Skandi Peter Cloud Bed

White cloud bed frame in bedroom.
The classic cloud bed style.
3.

Skandi Lille Cloud Bed

Classic CloudBed in bedroom.

Fashionable frame with cream covering guarantees a trendy bedroom as well a good night sleep.

 

The frame is solid wood and made from solid oak. The covering is high quality fabric which smooth and soft to touch.

 

 

4.

Skandi Cloud Bed

cloudbed
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a girl sleeping on a cloud.

 

You might have stumbled into people sleeping "on the clouds" on TikTok. The new viral trend is both aesthetic and good for your sleep. Here we list four cloud beds that you cannot live without.

 

 

1.

Skandi leather soft back bed 1.5/1.8M frame bed

 

A cloud bed basking on the sun.

 

Are you ready to update your style? This bed will surely class up your bedroom. Futuristic and aesthetic bed that doesn't leave anyone cold.

 

2.

Skandi Peter Cloud Bed

White cloud bed frame in bedroom.
The classic cloud bed style.
3.

Skandi Lille Cloud Bed

Classic CloudBed in bedroom.

Fashionable frame with cream covering guarantees a trendy bedroom as well a good night sleep.

 

The frame is solid wood and made from solid oak. The covering is high quality fabric which smooth and soft to touch.

 

 

4.

Skandi Cloud Bed

cloudbed
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Cheesy Potato and Kale Gratin With Rye Croutons

Potato and kale gratin in a twohandled ovular white baking dish.

  • Active Time

    50 minutes

  • Total Time

    2 hours 40 minutes

There’s no need to reduce your cream or pre-cook the kale for this cheesy, creamy casserole. Leaving the potatoes unpeeled bumps up nutrients and cuts the prep time, too.

Ingredients

6–8 servings

4 slices seeded rye bread
1 large bunch kale (preferably Tuscan; about 12 ounces), ribs removed, leaves torn into 3" pieces
6 ounces good-quality Gruyère, grated on the large holes of a food processor blade or box grater (about 2 cups)
2 ounces good-quality Parmesan, grated on the large holes of a food processor blade or box grater (about ½ cup)
2 pounds yellow-fleshed potatoes (such as Yukon Gold), unpeeled, cut crosswise into ⅛"-thick slices (see Cooks' Note), divided
1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 ½ cups heavy cream
2 garlic cloves, finely grated or pressed
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Special Equipment

A 13x9x2" or 3-quart baking dish

Step 1

Arrange a rack in center of oven; preheat to 350ºF. Arrange bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, flipping once halfway through, until dry and lightly toasted, 15–20 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and break into irregular, 1/2"–1" pieces. Transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Meanwhile, wash and spin-dry kale, then layer between paper towels or a large clean kitchen towel and pat dry.

Step 3

Mix Gruyère and Parmesan in a medium bowl. Shingle one-quarter of potatoes in 3 or 4 rows, slightly overlapping, in bottom of baking dish. Sprinkle with one-quarter of thyme, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Top with 2 cups kale and one-quarter of cheese mixture. Repeat 2 more times. Shingle remaining potatoes over cheese; top with 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper, and remaining thyme. Reserve remaining kale and cheese.

Step 4

Stir cream, garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper in a liquid measuring cup. Pour evenly over potatoes.

Step 5

Bake gratin 40 minutes. Cover with foil and continue to bake until cream is bubbling and thick and potatoes are tender when pierced with a paring knife, 35–45 minutes more.

Step 6

Meanwhile, toss reserved croutons with 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Toss remaining kale with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil. Top gratin with kale, remaining cheese, then croutons, allowing kale pieces to peek through. Bake gratin until croutons are golden brown and exposed kale edges are well-crisped, about 15 minutes more. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Do Ahead

Step 7

Bread can be toasted 3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Kale can be torn, washed, and patted dry 3 days ahead. Wrap in paper towels, place in a resealable plastic bag, and chill.

Step 8

Gratin can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool, then wrap tightly in plastic and chill. Bring to room temperature, cover with foil, and warm in a 300ºF oven until heated through, 15–20 minutes. Uncover and continue to warm to re-crisp croutons and exposed kale edges, about 5 minutes.

Cooks' Note

Use a mandoline to quickly cut potatoes into uniform-sized slices. To reheat casserole, bring to room temperature, cover with foil, and warm in a 300ºF oven until heated through, 15–20 minutes. Uncover and continue to warm to re-crisp croutons and exposed kale edges, about 5 minutes.

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Cheesy Potato and Kale Gratin With Rye Croutons

Potato and kale gratin in a twohandled ovular white baking dish.

  • Active Time

    50 minutes

  • Total Time

    2 hours 40 minutes

There’s no need to reduce your cream or pre-cook the kale for this cheesy, creamy casserole. Leaving the potatoes unpeeled bumps up nutrients and cuts the prep time, too.

Ingredients

6–8 servings

4 slices seeded rye bread
1 large bunch kale (preferably Tuscan; about 12 ounces), ribs removed, leaves torn into 3" pieces
6 ounces good-quality Gruyère, grated on the large holes of a food processor blade or box grater (about 2 cups)
2 ounces good-quality Parmesan, grated on the large holes of a food processor blade or box grater (about ½ cup)
2 pounds yellow-fleshed potatoes (such as Yukon Gold), unpeeled, cut crosswise into ⅛"-thick slices (see Cooks' Note), divided
1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 ½ cups heavy cream
2 garlic cloves, finely grated or pressed
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Special Equipment

A 13x9x2" or 3-quart baking dish

Step 1

Arrange a rack in center of oven; preheat to 350ºF. Arrange bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, flipping once halfway through, until dry and lightly toasted, 15–20 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and break into irregular, 1/2"–1" pieces. Transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Meanwhile, wash and spin-dry kale, then layer between paper towels or a large clean kitchen towel and pat dry.

Step 3

Mix Gruyère and Parmesan in a medium bowl. Shingle one-quarter of potatoes in 3 or 4 rows, slightly overlapping, in bottom of baking dish. Sprinkle with one-quarter of thyme, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Top with 2 cups kale and one-quarter of cheese mixture. Repeat 2 more times. Shingle remaining potatoes over cheese; top with 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper, and remaining thyme. Reserve remaining kale and cheese.

Step 4

Stir cream, garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper in a liquid measuring cup. Pour evenly over potatoes.

Step 5

Bake gratin 40 minutes. Cover with foil and continue to bake until cream is bubbling and thick and potatoes are tender when pierced with a paring knife, 35–45 minutes more.

Step 6

Meanwhile, toss reserved croutons with 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Toss remaining kale with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil. Top gratin with kale, remaining cheese, then croutons, allowing kale pieces to peek through. Bake gratin until croutons are golden brown and exposed kale edges are well-crisped, about 15 minutes more. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Do Ahead

Step 7

Bread can be toasted 3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Kale can be torn, washed, and patted dry 3 days ahead. Wrap in paper towels, place in a resealable plastic bag, and chill.

Step 8

Gratin can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool, then wrap tightly in plastic and chill. Bring to room temperature, cover with foil, and warm in a 300ºF oven until heated through, 15–20 minutes. Uncover and continue to warm to re-crisp croutons and exposed kale edges, about 5 minutes.

Cooks' Note

Use a mandoline to quickly cut potatoes into uniform-sized slices. To reheat casserole, bring to room temperature, cover with foil, and warm in a 300ºF oven until heated through, 15–20 minutes. Uncover and continue to warm to re-crisp croutons and exposed kale edges, about 5 minutes.

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How to Clean a Rug: Area Rugs, Oriental Rugs, and More

Posted by Decor Dekor

How to Clean a Rug: Area Rugs, Oriental Rugs, and More

Area rug cleaning is easier than you think
how to clean a rug

Could your area rug use a deep clean? Learn how to clean a rug yourself and you can bring all your floor coverings back to life whenever you like. Area rugs may bring a room together, but they also takes a beating, from foot traffic to pets and spills. After a while, vacuuming just isn’t enough to get it truly clean—and that’s when knowing how to do it yourself comes in super handy.

Area rug cleaning is a project you can easily take on yourself. There’s no need to hire professional rug cleaners for the task—unless your rug is extremely delicate (for example, an antique rug, Persian rug, or oriental rug).

Note: There’s no need to clean rugs on a schedule. Instead, you should just clean the rugs when they are visibly dirty or have an odor. Read on to find out how to refresh those well-worn area rugs so they look as good as they did when you first unrolled them.

1. Gather Your Tools and Supplies

Here's exactly what you'll need to have on hand to complete a successful area rug cleaning:

  • Rug shampoo (or mild dish soap)
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristle brush or sponge
  • Water

Optional:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Garden hose
  • Wet-dry vacuum

2. Remove Dirt and Debris

Thoroughly vacuum on the rug on both sides. You want to make sure every last bit of debris is gone. If you have pets, use the brush attachment to get any lingering stray hairs.

3. Mix Your Cleaner

When it comes to the actual cleaning solution, you can use a rug shampoo like this one from Bissell. Whatever shampoo you choose, follow its specific directions (found on the bottle) for mixing.

Alternatively, you can also use mild dish detergent mixed in a bucket with warm water. Do not use hot water as it can shrink the rug or cause fading.

4. Do a Color Test

Before you start scrubbing, make sure the cleaner doesn’t cause the colors to run. Test the solution on the corner of the rug to make sure it is colorfast. If the color doesn't bleed, it's safe to move on to the next step.

5. Wash the Rug

Using a sponge or soft-bristle brush, work the cleaning solution into a lather on the rug. Let the cleaner sit on the rug for a five minutes before you start rinsing. Anything less than that and you'll shortchange the cleaning process. Give it those five minutes to set in and start lifting away dirt.

6. Rinse the Rug

Rinse the soap out of the rug using a garden hose or buckets of clean water. Make sure all the cleaning solution is completely removed from the area rug and the runoff water is crystal clear.

7. Remove Excess Water

At this point, you’ll want to get rid of as much excess water in the rug as you can so it will dry faster. You can use a wet-dry vacuum if you have one, or use a squeegee in the direction of the nap.

8. Let the Rug Dry

The next-to-last step to clean an area rug is simply letting it dry. Lay the rug flat and allow the top of the rug to dry completely. Then, flip it over to let the bottom side dry. Fans can help speed up the process. Make sure the rug is fully dry before you return it to the room.

9. Vacuum or Brush Out the Rug

During the cleaning process, threads and fibers can get compacted and squished. Revive them by running a vacuum over the now-dry rug, or brush them with a soft-bristled brush. Now you're finished, and can enjoy your freshly cleaned carpet. You know how to clean an area rug yourself, and you can complete the job whenever you like.

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How to Clean a Rug: Area Rugs, Oriental Rugs, and More

Area rug cleaning is easier than you think
how to clean a rug

Could your area rug use a deep clean? Learn how to clean a rug yourself and you can bring all your floor coverings back to life whenever you like. Area rugs may bring a room together, but they also takes a beating, from foot traffic to pets and spills. After a while, vacuuming just isn’t enough to get it truly clean—and that’s when knowing how to do it yourself comes in super handy.

Area rug cleaning is a project you can easily take on yourself. There’s no need to hire professional rug cleaners for the task—unless your rug is extremely delicate (for example, an antique rug, Persian rug, or oriental rug).

Note: There’s no need to clean rugs on a schedule. Instead, you should just clean the rugs when they are visibly dirty or have an odor. Read on to find out how to refresh those well-worn area rugs so they look as good as they did when you first unrolled them.

1. Gather Your Tools and Supplies

Here's exactly what you'll need to have on hand to complete a successful area rug cleaning:

  • Rug shampoo (or mild dish soap)
  • Bucket
  • Soft-bristle brush or sponge
  • Water

Optional:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Garden hose
  • Wet-dry vacuum

2. Remove Dirt and Debris

Thoroughly vacuum on the rug on both sides. You want to make sure every last bit of debris is gone. If you have pets, use the brush attachment to get any lingering stray hairs.

3. Mix Your Cleaner

When it comes to the actual cleaning solution, you can use a rug shampoo like this one from Bissell. Whatever shampoo you choose, follow its specific directions (found on the bottle) for mixing.

Alternatively, you can also use mild dish detergent mixed in a bucket with warm water. Do not use hot water as it can shrink the rug or cause fading.

4. Do a Color Test

Before you start scrubbing, make sure the cleaner doesn’t cause the colors to run. Test the solution on the corner of the rug to make sure it is colorfast. If the color doesn't bleed, it's safe to move on to the next step.

5. Wash the Rug

Using a sponge or soft-bristle brush, work the cleaning solution into a lather on the rug. Let the cleaner sit on the rug for a five minutes before you start rinsing. Anything less than that and you'll shortchange the cleaning process. Give it those five minutes to set in and start lifting away dirt.

6. Rinse the Rug

Rinse the soap out of the rug using a garden hose or buckets of clean water. Make sure all the cleaning solution is completely removed from the area rug and the runoff water is crystal clear.

7. Remove Excess Water

At this point, you’ll want to get rid of as much excess water in the rug as you can so it will dry faster. You can use a wet-dry vacuum if you have one, or use a squeegee in the direction of the nap.

8. Let the Rug Dry

The next-to-last step to clean an area rug is simply letting it dry. Lay the rug flat and allow the top of the rug to dry completely. Then, flip it over to let the bottom side dry. Fans can help speed up the process. Make sure the rug is fully dry before you return it to the room.

9. Vacuum or Brush Out the Rug

During the cleaning process, threads and fibers can get compacted and squished. Revive them by running a vacuum over the now-dry rug, or brush them with a soft-bristled brush. Now you're finished, and can enjoy your freshly cleaned carpet. You know how to clean an area rug yourself, and you can complete the job whenever you like.

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12 Pumpkin Carving Tips to Help You Create the Perfect Jack O' Lanterns for Halloween

While spooky decor and classic costumes are the usual symbols of Halloween, you can't forget about the iconic jack-o'-lantern. Picking out pumpkins and deciding how to decorate them is one of the most enjoyable traditions of the Halloween season. That's why we're sharing our best pumpkin carving tips from the pros to help you and your family create your own All Hallows' Eve staple.

Carving a pumpkin is a lot harder than it looks — no matter how much of a beginner or skilled crafter you may be. So we gathered insight from experts to find out their go-to carving tips to bring your creepy creations to life — from the standard triangular eyes and toothy grin to a glittery masterpiece and carved-out black cat. And if you want to stray from the traditional route, check out these no-carve pumpkins and painted pumpkin ideas instead.

Step 1. Begin with the right pumpkin.

Choose one that's fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises and a flat bottom so it won't roll while you carve.

how to carve a pumpkin

Step 2. Start cutting from the bottom, not the top.

Michael Natiello, pumpkin carving pro and creative director for The Great Jack-o'-Lantern Blaze, says cutting your "lid" from the bottom of the pumpkin helps prevent the sides from caving in later.

Step 3. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.

This way it won't drop inside the pumpkin when you put it back on top, like it would with a straight up-and-down cut. A boning knife should work well for this.

Step 4. Scoop out all the pulp (and then some).

You can buy a special "claw" for pumpkin gutting, but an ice cream scoop will do just fine. Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

Step 5. Sketch out your design on paper first.

If you draw your jack-o'-lantern face to size, Natiello says you can use it as a pattern: Just tape it to the front of your pumpkin and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines you want to carve. (Or save yourself from creative blocks by getting a pumpkin carving kit, complete with a marker, scraper, cutting tools and pre-made patterns.)

Step 6. Hold the pumpkin in your lap.

It's easier to create features when the face is gazing up at you. Natiello suggests using a serrated kitchen knife or an X-Acto knife for carving, but to make intricate designs, you could try using a small saw. Just don't cut on a slant — clean up-and-down slices look best.

how to carve a pumpkin

Step 7. Start by making simple rough cuts.

If you get the big pieces of pumpkin out of the way first, you can go back and clean up the edges of your design later.

Step 8. Use your scraps creatively.

Make a tongue, pipe or hair accessories out of a discarded piece of pumpkin shell, for example.

pumpkin carving tips carved face

Step 9. Keep your pumpkin fresh.

Natiello recommends spreading petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, you can revive it with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

Step 10. Light it up.

Place your candle (or candles) into your pumpkin before lighting. If you don't want to use votives, try Christmas lights, especially those that blink for a spooky appearance. Or, save yourself the stress and go with battery-operated votives instead.

Step 11. Create a chimney.

First, leave the lid on for a few minutes while the candle burns. Then make a small hole where the lid has blackened.

Step 12. Sprinkle cinnamon inside the lid.

That way, when you light the candle, your jack-o'-lantern will smell like a pumpkin pie. Yum.

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12 Pumpkin Carving Tips to Help You Create the Perfect Jack O' Lanterns for Halloween

While spooky decor and classic costumes are the usual symbols of Halloween, you can't forget about the iconic jack-o'-lantern. Picking out pumpkins and deciding how to decorate them is one of the most enjoyable traditions of the Halloween season. That's why we're sharing our best pumpkin carving tips from the pros to help you and your family create your own All Hallows' Eve staple.

Carving a pumpkin is a lot harder than it looks — no matter how much of a beginner or skilled crafter you may be. So we gathered insight from experts to find out their go-to carving tips to bring your creepy creations to life — from the standard triangular eyes and toothy grin to a glittery masterpiece and carved-out black cat. And if you want to stray from the traditional route, check out these no-carve pumpkins and painted pumpkin ideas instead.

Step 1. Begin with the right pumpkin.

Choose one that's fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises and a flat bottom so it won't roll while you carve.

how to carve a pumpkin

Step 2. Start cutting from the bottom, not the top.

Michael Natiello, pumpkin carving pro and creative director for The Great Jack-o'-Lantern Blaze, says cutting your "lid" from the bottom of the pumpkin helps prevent the sides from caving in later.

Step 3. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.

This way it won't drop inside the pumpkin when you put it back on top, like it would with a straight up-and-down cut. A boning knife should work well for this.

Step 4. Scoop out all the pulp (and then some).

You can buy a special "claw" for pumpkin gutting, but an ice cream scoop will do just fine. Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

Step 5. Sketch out your design on paper first.

If you draw your jack-o'-lantern face to size, Natiello says you can use it as a pattern: Just tape it to the front of your pumpkin and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines you want to carve. (Or save yourself from creative blocks by getting a pumpkin carving kit, complete with a marker, scraper, cutting tools and pre-made patterns.)

Step 6. Hold the pumpkin in your lap.

It's easier to create features when the face is gazing up at you. Natiello suggests using a serrated kitchen knife or an X-Acto knife for carving, but to make intricate designs, you could try using a small saw. Just don't cut on a slant — clean up-and-down slices look best.

how to carve a pumpkin

Step 7. Start by making simple rough cuts.

If you get the big pieces of pumpkin out of the way first, you can go back and clean up the edges of your design later.

Step 8. Use your scraps creatively.

Make a tongue, pipe or hair accessories out of a discarded piece of pumpkin shell, for example.

pumpkin carving tips carved face

Step 9. Keep your pumpkin fresh.

Natiello recommends spreading petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, you can revive it with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

Step 10. Light it up.

Place your candle (or candles) into your pumpkin before lighting. If you don't want to use votives, try Christmas lights, especially those that blink for a spooky appearance. Or, save yourself the stress and go with battery-operated votives instead.

Step 11. Create a chimney.

First, leave the lid on for a few minutes while the candle burns. Then make a small hole where the lid has blackened.

Step 12. Sprinkle cinnamon inside the lid.

That way, when you light the candle, your jack-o'-lantern will smell like a pumpkin pie. Yum.

Read more