October 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
- Cover your work space and wipe down the outside of the pumpkin. I usually use old newspaper to cover our table.
- Cut a hole at the top of the pumpkin to access the inside with your knife at an angle so the top can be replaced without falling through.
- Start scooping. If you plan on baking the seeds, seperate from the guts. There is a great seed roasting tutorial here.
- Clean up the inside by scraping to smooth it out.
- Pick out a design and either drawn or tape onto the pumpkin
- Make a dot to dot pattern to transfer the design onto the pumpkin and then use a knife to cut along the dots.
- Light it up! It’s so great that there are battery operated lights for pumpkins instead of worrying about candles.
Need a design idea?
Some people like to use the traditional Jack O’Lantern face, but others are more adventurous. If you are a carving expert, check out these Disney carving templates. This Cookie Monster pumpkin is adorable too and doesn’t involve much carving. Or you can use this amazing site and the 305 stencil links it contains. With everything from Star Wars to a kid’s collection you have to find one you love!
Want your pumpkins to last?
To keep your carved pumpkins from rotting give them a simple bath. Use a large plastic tub and add one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. Soak the pumpkin for 4-6 hours. Make sure to turn the pumpkin several times so all sides are immerse. This will make it last for several days. You can also spritz the pumpkins inside and out every couple days with the bleach water solution to ensure your pumpkins last as long as possible.
How do you like to carve your pumpkins?
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.