Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

Last night, we hosted our annual pumpkin carving party.   We thought it would be fun to have everyone over to carve pumpkins, now it has turned into a Halloween tradition. 

doom and gloom pumpkins
This year for some reason, my 2 and 5 year old were into skeletons.   Here I wanted to make, happy, cute jack o'lanterns and they are all doom and gloom.  

After carving the designs they selected, I made my own cute, happy, hearts and rainbows jack o'lantern.    Ok, maybe not all that, but it was something less menacing.  

I thought I would share some of my favorite pumpkin carving webites and some tips.  

Pumpkin Carving Tips:
Look for pumpkin carving pattern books and tools on clearance after Halloween.   Stock up for the next year.

If you decide to draw your design on the pumpkin use a water-based marker. Mistakes are erased easily with a damp sponge. 

Scoop out seeds and stringy flesh with a large spoon,  ice cream scooper, or scooping tool.

If you open your pumpkin from the bottom, it makes it easier to sit over a candle or other light source.  

To prolong the life of the jack-o'-lantern, seal in moisture by coating all cut surfaces with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil, or cover it with a damp towel when not on display.

This pumpkin just had too much fun
You can check out Pumpkin Masters.  This  is a great website to visit for tips and free down loadable patterns. Zombie Pumpkins also has some great information and patterns.  


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