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Butternut Squash Carving Ideas

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carving butternut squashButternut squash carving is moderately difficult but interesting. Butternut squashes have a good amount of soft juice yellow colored flesh and are ideal for carving. However, one can find it difficult to carve a butternut squash because of its round structure. I had always liked butternut squash for its color, texture and amazing taste, but had never thought that carving butternut squash would be so interesting.

In this article, I will share two different carving ideas with you-

  1. Butternut Squash Carving to Make a Floral Centerpiece


Things Needed:

Medium Butternut squash

Paring knife

Cutting board


Simple Butternut Squash Carving Ideas:

  • Hold the butternut squash upright with its neck on the top.
  • Now, with the help of a paring knife, peel the skin of butternut squash from the top in six sections. These sections should be about 1/8” thick. Peel the skin in such a way that you get the bulb of the squash and peels hang down.
  • Now, it is the time to make a second layer of petals. Again, by using a paring knife, make the peels again. However, this time make it in such a way that it comes in the center of previously made peels. The peels will be shorter this time.
  • Carve butternut squash by making a third layer of petals similarly.
  • After you have carved the third layer, the center of the squash will become small. If you think that you can make on more layer of the petals, peel it off.
  • A flower carving looks beautiful with many layers.
  • After you are done with the layers, cut the center flesh part into a short base and make it rounded.
  • A beautiful flower centerpiece made by carving butternut squash is ready to be displayed.



  1. Butternut Squash Carving for Halloween


Things Needed:

  • A tall and skinny squash                       
  • Knife
  • Plastic scraper
  • Spoon


Simple Butternut Squash Carving Ideas:

  1. Take a tall and skinny squash.
  2. Slightly cut the top and the bottom of the squash.
  3. With the help of a spoon, scoop out the flesh.
  4. Take a plastic scraper, and scoop out two round parts from the long neck section.
  5. Similarly, with a plastic scraper, Cut out one circle from the wider section.
  6. Carve the features smoothly with the help of a small knife.
  7. Replace the top.
  8. Carved butternut squash for Halloween decoration is ready.


These were just two carving ideas… Which one would you try out? You can experiment and explore many other ways to for butternut squash carving. Refer to the video on “butternut squash carving" for more ideas. 


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Butternut Squash Carving Ideas