Who doesn’t love a spooky pumpkin casting an eerie light on Halloween? If you have always looked at those artistic endeavors in awe, this is the year to transform your pumpkin into a masterpiece.
Whether you are five or 95, we’ve got some tips to turn the average jack-o-lantern into a spooky piece of art that will thrill your neighbored and friends. Make pumpkin carving a tradition in your home this Halloween with these easy to follow tips:
Pick the Right Pumpkin
Choosing the perfect pumpkin is essential to carving. Look for offbeat sizes and shapes (it will make your masterpiece look even better!). Short round pumpkins make a nice jack-o-lantern face, but if you are looking to carve a more sophisticated design, a taller, thinner canvas will be easier to use.
Unleash Your Inner Creativity
You don’t have to be an artist to carve a good pumpkin. Heck, kids have been doing it for decades! But a little imagination can take a dull jack-o-lantern and turn it into something extra special. Not sure you have what it takes to design your own spooky art piece? Hit the internet for ideas and patterns. There are plenty of unique and interesting choices online. Or, if you want to, buy a pattern kit at your local department or craft store. The patterns there range from ultra-simplistic to the more intricate (and complicated). Plus, they give you step by step instructions. Carving free hand can be a lot of fun, but if you want to ensure a good outcome, using a pattern offers unlimited creative opportunities without the risk.
Gather the Right Tools
All you need is a kitchen knife, right? Wrong! That may be the absolute worst tool to use to carve a pumpkin — plus, it’s dangerous! Carving an award-winning (okay, well, maybe just a really good) pumpkin requires the right tools. Thankfully, they are easy to find. Stop by your local department store for an inexpensive carving kit that includes safety saw blades (designed for cutting through that thick exterior), digging tools and rounded scrapers. You’ll be amazed at how much easier and faster the job is with the right tools.
Get Down and Dirty
Carving pumpkins is yucky business. Thank goodness kids love the slimy gunk that has to be scooped out, so give this gooey job to smaller family members to enjoy! After you cut off the top and help loosen the innards, let your kids pull out all of the gunk. Be sure to get it all though! Scrape the inside clean, leaving behind no seeds or strings.
Once the inside of your pumpkin is clean, and you have drawn the design on the outside, it is time for the attack! Begin by poking small holes along the pattern line. This helps make it easier to cut the pattern into the pumpkin exterior. This technique works really well for more intricate patterns and is an easy step for kids who might otherwise find carving difficult. Once the holes have been made, use a jagged edge carving saw to cut away the flesh you don’t want. Before you know it, you will have a professionally-carved look.
Let Kids Be Kids
Your kids’ idea of what a great looking jack-o-lantern looks like may be dramatically different than your own. Remember, carving pumpkins should be a fun family affair. Let your kids be kids — no matter the mess! This isn’t the time to aim for perfection; it’s time for everyone to have fun!
After carving and decorating your porch for Halloween, why not spruce up the inside of your home too? At Wickmans Furniture, we have all the home décor and furniture you would ever need. Stop by our showroom today to start shopping!