DIY Project – Pumpkin Carving

This afternoon’s post is a project. One that I hope you’re all going to have a lot of fun doing!

Yesterday, I asked you what your Halloweens consisted of. Mine were always the same. We used to carve the pumpkin, then do apple bobbing, usually whilst wearing witches hats and cackling a lot. You know, it’s the small things, right?! 😉

However, one Christmas, I got sent a pumpkin carving kit from some relatives in America. It contained a little saw and scoop and several patterns to use like a stencil. The results were impressive and pumpkins have never been the same since! Although I’ve long since lost the kit I decided to try and recreate the effect myself this year with stuff I had at home and a pumpkin carving download.

You can find some pumpkin carving freebies herehere and here. I chose a bat silhouetted against the moon.

Now let’s get started!

What you will need…
A pumpkin – mine was £2.50 for a large one from Morrisons. (You need a decent sized one or the stencil won’t fit – it might be an idea to take your print out shopping and check!)
A big metal spoon to scoop out the insides and a big spoon (I used a serving spoon)
Your stencil, (see above.)
Something sharp to poke holes through the stencil – a cocktail stick worked for me but I eventually used a handle for corn on the cob. An olive pick would be just as good or skewer.
A small sharp knife, (take care!)
Pins or sellotape.

Preparing your pumpkin…
First off, cut a lid out of the tip of your pumpkin. I made mine zig-zaggy, but it can be any shape, just try to angle the incision rather than poking the knife in at 90 degrees, because then you create a lip for the lid to sit on too.

Ease the lid off after cutting through thoroughly and start scraping the contents off the lid and then from inside the pumpkin. Tip them out and keep going until the inside is smooth and flat with no dangling bits.

Starting your carving…
Pin your stencil flat to the best side of the pumpkin, (usually a flatter area is easier to do.) You may need to make cuts in the corners of the stencil and overlap the pieces to make it ‘wrap’ around the pumpkin.
Now using your sharp implement, poke holes along the lines of your stencil outline. Work your way around slowly, taking care not to miss any bits.

Now remove the stencil and you will see the pattern marked in dots to guide your cutting.
Very carefully start cutting the pattern out, following the dots. This gets more difficult in corners and curved areas so take care not to cut yourself, or a vital piece of the pattern!
I tend to push the pieces out a bit at a time, or push them back in to the pumpkin.
You might want to tidy the pieces up or straighten the angle you have cut the pieces out at, once you have finished.

All you have to do now, is add a tea light, pop the lid on, light it and enjoy!

Et Voila! A very grown up and stylish bit of Halloween fun!

Now you know there’s more to pumpkins than triangle eyes and zig zag mouths, have we inspired you to try something more adventurous? Drop me a comment if it’s a yes and tweet a picture of your creations to @florencefinds or pop a link on Florence’s Facebook page!


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