Reach that pumpkin carving sensation by using these steps, tips, and tricks! Doing a pumpkin can make a person happy. And when you’re happy, everyone’s happy. Simply follow these tips to better satisfy your pumpkin carving urge.
Size does matter! Is the pumpkin big or medium, and do you have the right knife length? A big or medium pumpkin takes time to prepare. Why not a small pumpkin? It’s harder to do a good job with a tiny pumpkin.
Find that spot. You have to begin somewhere. So, where is first base? The top. You’ll want to carve the top first in a round sphere around the stem so that you can eventually take the top off. Once you have carved all the way from one point back to that point, which would be a couple inches from the stem, take a large flat knife and push the top off ever-so-easy. You don’t want to break the pumpkin’s body.
Tip: Don’t forget, the pumpkin has a backside to work with.
Spoon that pumpkin! Take a large spoon and gently scrape the inside of the pumpkin. Get out all the seeds and juicy strands. Your pumpkin should be hallow. Hence, Halloween. Use the knife on the bottom portion of the top area so nothing drips down on the lit candle (if using). That could put the fire out!
Have an edge. This is where your paring knife steps in. A paring knife is small which offers more stability when puncturing and etching areas.
Here comes the pumpkin carving! Never use marker or ink, only pencil if you must at all. Most pumpkin carvers make happy mistakes that lead them to their own satisfaction. Prepare for brownie points when doing a work-related pumpkin. And expect to be the talk of the neighborhood when displaying that sexy pumpkin.
The Great Pumpkin! We all want a great pumpkin. The kind of pumpkin to enjoy at night. The one that stands out from the rest.
Tip: Spread Vaseline on the outside and inside to better preserve the pumpkin. Once the pumpkin juice starts flowing, mold begins to take over.
Time to dim the lights. I use a Block Lite. They are 9 volt batteries with only a connecting end that works like a mini-flashlight of full glow. They can get bright. Use that or a small scented candle (or unscented). Open your pumpkin’s top so that you can see everything on the inside. Lay a small plate down (center it). Place either the Block Lite (can be purchased at select stores) or the candle on the center of the plate. Now go turn it on! Or start that fire. Cozy close to your pumpkin at night and get lost in the ambiance of the moment.
What’s my trick that offers this viewing treat?
I did a work-related pumpkin (photo). It took an hour of spooning, slow cutting and a little creativity. I also work at a fitness center, besides as a writer, that has racquetball courts. So, I started a racquet with my large pumpkin. Problem? I wasn’t sure if the little squares I carved would remain intact. I decided to transform part of it into a sexy vine. But where’s the balls? One ball was all I needed. On the top of the pumpkin where both sides meet (slit area) I carved a round opening to resemble the shape of a ball. Then came the work logo.
Intricate portion? I used the racquet in a merged design. When you are carving an object into the pumpkin it doesn’t hurt to try a little M.C. Escher twist. You know, where the design is somewhat of a puzzle yet fits together nicely. Mapping out a design first helps. Because you don’t want to spend time with your pumpkin without knowing what you’re getting into.
Was I personally satisfied? Best pumpkin I ever had! I highly suggest carving a pumpkin.
I have done a lot of pumpkins in my life. So many, I can’t count them all. But they were good. I do remember, however, some of them were much better than others. Here’s more pumpkin design ideas.
Cinderella. As in the fairy tale, Cinderella rode in a pumpkin carriage. So, I hot glued vines leading from bottom after carving. I created a window opening (cut). I used a Cinderella doll, put her in until she was peeking from the inside. Then I painted the entire carriage and dressed it with glitter attached by glue.
Pinocchio. Use the long stem as a nose and cut out eyes above the stem, mouth below the stem, as if the face is actually on the top of the pumpkin. Dress with a hat like the one worn by Pinocchio.
After I grew up, I started doing lazy pumpkins.
Grape. Paint the pumpkin purple and toss on eyes, nose and mouth then hot glue a twirly small vine on the top next to the stem. Five minutes later, you’re done.
Grumpy old man. Cut slits everywhere. Take a black marker and draw two lines for the eyes and a not-so-happy mouth (another slit that ‘falls’ on the sides like a sad smile). You may not want to do a grumpy old man. Unless you have a lack of confidence and respect when doing pumpkins at all.
Tip: Never do a pumpkin when you’re drunk. They just don’t look the same when you wake up.
Once your done with your pumpkin put it on a shelf away from the hands of others. Reward yourself. Good job!