When I was a kid, our mother took a gigantic butcher knife and carved two triangles for eyes, a round nose and a mouth and that was your Halloween pumpkin.
There were no cute pumpkin carving kits with tiny saws that even kids can use without losing a limb. I didn’t know anyone using drill bits to delicately carve into the pumpkin pulp without busting through the pumpkin wall or anyone using stencils or templates to create fancy characters or designs. I am fascinated by all these pumpkin carving “advances.”
Last year I tried using a template of Minnie Mouse on our pumpkin. It turned out OK. I had a hard time differentiating between her ears and the big bow. I’m pretty sure though nobody who came to our house could have guessed who it was supposed to be.
The best luck we’ve ever had with pumpkins was painting them and using props on them. One year we did a pumpkin for each family member. Michael’s had glasses and we used a real pacifier in the mouth of a little pumpkin to make it look like a baby.
There are tons of links on the Internet with carving ideas. Here are a few I liked:
Filed under “stuff even I can make!”
What kind of carver are you? Do you use the little carving kits? Do you use the templates? Have you ever used drill bits to carve out just parts of the pumpkin? Do you have a plan for what you will carve this year?
Our 5-year anniversary Momania flashback will pop up at 1 p.m. today. But you can see more Momania Flashbacks here.