Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween! (or, Gaspar's first Jack-o-Lantern) +DIY

Happy Halloween!

Amazing, right? I could not believe it when Gaspar told me this was the first Jack-o-lantern he has ever had and made, for that matter. We decided not to buy any kits or patterns and use tools lying around the house to carve our cute little pumpkin. It did take a bit longer, but we weren't in any rush after all. It was not only the end result that mattered, it was also a lot of fun making it!

I believe there is no right or wrong way of doing the carving, you just have to find the methods that work best for you. We didn't want to spend on kits and special tools or patterns, so we used Gaspar's penknife (which is quite sharp), but you can use any kind of sharp knife you have lying around in your kitchen drawer, a spoon, a washable marker, a thick sewing needle and a precision knife.

1. Cut the "cap" off , inserting the knife in a 45 degree angle.
2. Take the cap off.
3. Clean the cap off and take out all the seeds from the inside of your pumpkin.
4. You should now have and empty pumpkin with a lid.
5. Draw your pumpkin-face with the marker. If you don't know what to draw, just google jack-o-lanterns, that should do it! You will see really artistic designs (some really blew me away!), but there is plenty of simple inspiration as well.
6. With a thick and long needle start punching your drawing out along the lines. This will make it easier to cut the parts out.
7. And lastly, take your precision cutter and start connecting the dots made with the needle in the previous step. When you are done cutting, carefully push out each part. You could even work in sections (this is what I did, when cutting the mouth), that should make it easier and you won't have to worry about missing a tooth in the end :)

(Gaspi pretending to be a pumpkin head. Yeah! I know!)

And yesterday, when the electricity went out in the house, and it got darker outside as well as inside, we just lit Bob (because that is the name Gaspar gave to our pumpkin) and a couple of other candles and enjoyed the calm and silent time until the UK electrics arrived and fixed the fuse. :)

Have you carved any pumpkins this year? I would love to see them!

Happy Halloween!
Trick or treat?


1 comment:

  1. I love the photo of Gaspar being a pumpkin head. I like the idea of cutting the top off at a 45 degree angle. It looks much cleaner, and the top wouldn't sink into the pumpkin. Glad you had a fun time!


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