October 6, 2009

TOTBT Day 6: PUMPKINS

Hey Girls! So today is all about pumpkins! One of my favorite Hallowen Activities is carving Pumpkins. Now i was going to do a step by step , but then i decided most of you already know how to carve a pumkin. So here are some great tips...

• Draw your design on the pumpkin with a water-based marker beforehand. Mistakes are erased easily with a damp sponge.

-Dip your pattern in Oil or water to make the pattern curve to the pumpkin for easy carving.

• Cut the lid at an angle so the outside diameter is larger than the inside.This prevents the top from falling into the pumpkin when it shrinks.

• Scoop out seeds and stringy flesh with an ice cream scooper.

• Use an X-Acto knife for details and the tip of a potato peeler to make small circles and curves.

• Reattach a section that is accidentally removed by using a toothpick to pin it back in place.

• 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.

I hope those tips will help you in your future pumpkin carvings! I know now i will for sure use toothpicks to re-attach!(i always mess mine up) Also i am always looking for free stencils online,so i thought i would share some of my favorites with you! Most of them are disney, but some are scary!

http://www.hersheys.com/trickortreats/activities/stencils.asp





I hope this helped! Good luck and Happy Pumpkin carving!

2 comments:

Believer in Balance said...

Playsational has some great free pumpkin carving stencils. Here are some good ones.

Disney Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Scary Pumpkin Stencils

Sunkissed said...

Thanks Believer in Balance- i will have to check those out!