If you haven’t already, it’s time to bring out those pumpkins and start working on your carving skills! Besides Halloween, pumpkin carving is one of my favorite activities to do this time of season. As much as I love the old fashion pumpkin jack-o’-lantern, I can’t help but to carve something new and out of the ordinary.
This year I carved our Fireside Logo which took a lot of patience in order to get it pretty close. With detailed designs, the most important thing you can do is carve very slowly and not rush the carving process. There are many tips and tricks you can do to carve your perfect pumpkin – whatever it may be. Here are some tricks I used to make the perfect Fireside pumpkin.
Step 1 – Gather all your materials – Pumpkin, sharp, straight-edged knife, if the kiddos are getting involved – serrated metal saws are a safer alternative, trash bags, washable markers, stencil designs and some snacks!
Step 2 – Draw your design with washable markers – mistakes are easily erased with a wet towel.
Step 3 – Cut out the top of the pumpkin to get all the gooey stuff out! (My favorite part)
Step 4 – Start carving and use slow steady saw strokes. Make sure to never hold your knife in a stabbing position.
Step 5 – When carving out your design, you want to start with the features closest to the center and then work your way outward. This will give your pumpkin design steadiness and avoid from falling apart.
Step 6 – For detailed features, you can use a potato peeler or a sharp blade.
Step 7 – Put in your candle toward the center inside of the pumpkin and make sure it’s not too close to the top.
VOILA! YOU ARE NOW A PUMPKIN EXPERT! Take pictures right away to show off your skills, or you can put some vegetable oil around the pumpkin so it won’t rot so quickly. Share with us what kind of cool pumpkin designs you came up with – we’d love to see them!