Pumpkin carving has been around for years. Seriously. Like….over 50 or something. Are you still cutting out two dimensional pumpkin designs? Do your carvings still have simple geometric shapes for features? Are you still under the impression that you’re doing this to frighten away evil spirits? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, ancient European civilization just called. They want their superstitions back….and they would like borrow a cup of mercury to make some cough medicine, too.

If you’re in the mood for something different this year, maybe you’d enjoy doing a little three dimensional pumpkin carving. But you may not be ready to dive in right way. There are a few things to consider first. Hopefully, this online tutorial will put you on the right path.