Today I’m actually bringing you this post in collaboration with my friend Becca (blog here). Bex is also doing a post on her pumpkins, and when we went round to her house to carve them. We also made pumpkin soup and roasted the pumpkin seeds. So if you’d like to see that make sure to go check it out once you’ve read this post!
I though’t I’d take you through my pumpkin carving process step by step, although you all probably know how to do it! This way you can at least see how I carved my pumpkins! All the photos were taken by Alex, my brother, so thank you Al.
Okay so first, here’s everything I used (minus a black binbag and some sellotape)! So i had a large pumpkin and a smaller pumpkin to carve, and I also got the carving kit from Tesco. I’d actually really recommend this because it did help me carve through the pumpkin easily and not break one of my Mum’s knives. Plus the big red spoon for scraping out the insides was great! The stencil of the ghost was printed out from google images, just search ‘pumpkin carving stencils’ and loads will come up!
I first cut all the black bits out of the ghost until it looked like this. This part was really fiddly, especially with the huge scissors I used. I’d recommend using small scissors, even like nail scissors or something for the eyes. However I did manage, and the stencil worked perfectly fine.
After this, stick your stencil onto the pumpkin with sellotape and draw it on. I used a plain biro which I wouldn’t recommend because it was really hard to get off, i had to make sure I cut onto the lines directly. Instead, use a sharpie and use hairspray/styling spray and a cotton pad to get rid of it. I found it helpful to mark the places I needed to cut out with an X so I didn’t get confused.
After this, I took the pumpkin outside and began to cut the hole in the top. I found a trick online where you cut the hole on top and a ‘door’ type thing in the back connecting to it. Not only did this make it miles easier to scrape the insides out of, it’s easier to get a tealight in there to light it up. Make sure to cut all the pumpkin gunk off the door/lid thing too. The red scoopy spoon here was amazing at removing all the gunk, because it had a serrated side and a pasta-strainer type side which was really good at ragging the seeds and stuff out. As you can see, I am very very excited about that spoon.
After all the inside gunk was out and binned, I began cutting the design out of my pumpkin. This was really easy because of the knives that came with the carving kit. They got around corners really easily and were strong and didn’t bend (until Alex viciously carved his pumpkin with them!). Plus they had a serrated edge meaning they got through hard pumpkins easily!
After this, I was finished! My pumpkin was carved and I had a cute little ghost pumpkin staring back at me. My phone died so I couldn’t force Alex to photograph me as I carved the other one, but place your bets now on what I carved into it (and whether you’re going to be able to recognise it…!)
That’s right, it is a cat! A cat and a ghost to suit all your halloweeny needs, you don’t have to thank me. Alex carved two pumpkins also, and wanted me to show you them. Here goes our little pumpkin family!!
And here they are in the dark, candles burning! However my ghost one did blow out and I couldnt be bothered to light it up again!
So, thats all for my pumpkin carving antics! Remember to check out Becca’s blog post here to see what we got up to at her house! Have you carved your pumpkins yet? Tweet me a photo @ZalfieFanatic – I’d love to see what you’re getting up to!