30 10 / 2011
It’s not quite fall unless you carve a pumpkin. This year I enlisted the help of Charlie and Max to join the pumpkin carving activities. The boys decided to both carve a design that truly meant something special them. Naturally that meant that they were inspired to carve their favorite football team. I on the other hand went for a nautical theme and carved an anchor with twist on the average pumpkin lid.
- Pumpkin (obviously)
- Carving knife
- Push pin
- Fake candle
The first step in carving a professional pumpkin is picking some design or pattern you want to use. Once you have selected a stencil, tape the stencil on the front side of the pumpkin. Or if you’re daring like Max and Charlie you can use a pen and free hand your design on the pumpkin.
Then use a thumbtack to poke holes in the outline of the pattern; this will make the cutting easier.
Once you’re done poking holes around the whole design, start carving around the stem of the pumpkin so you can remove the lid and scoop out all of the seeds and goopy guts of the pumpkin. I decided to carry out the theme of nautical and made my lid into a ship’s wheel.
Once all the pumpkin guts are removed now you can start carving out the design. Once your all done place a fake candle in the bottom and BOO you have carved a perfect pumpkin. What did you carve on your pumpkin?? Happy Halloween!