ComingHalloween, most of us bust out our art skills and try to carve our pumpkin masterpiece. And it is not easy. These expert carving tips can have your gourds looking andsmelling good the entire trick-or-treating season. If you are in need of some inspiration, take a look at ourbest pumpkin carving ideas.
Carving Halloween pumpkins is not as difficult as you think. Just reference how to carve a pumpkin and some of the following samples you can get impressive decorations for this year’s Halloween season.
To carve a pumpkin, choose a perfect pumpkin. About the round shape, long, big, small is depending on the model you want to create, but generally should choose fruit with smooth skin, bright orange, not too old to get a thin crust, easy to engrave. Avoid choosing soft, bruised zucchini, or surfaces that are too hard.
In addition to pumpkin, you also need to prepare pencils, pins, knives of all kinds, small handsaw, printed patterns, candles.
Soak in pumpkin skin
After selecting the desired pumpkin, wash through water, rub the dish surface with a dishwasher, and let the pumpkin soak in water for several hours. This step will help clean the dirt while helping the skin absorb water to soften the surface. The engraving process will be more straightforward.
If desired, add a small amount of bleach to the water to prevent mold from growing. Note, to prevent pumpkins from floating in the gut. You should use a heavy object to immobilize the pumpkin in water.
Clean the pumpkin
Remove the pumpkin and dry it, draw a sketch on the head, then use a sharp knife to cut the pumpkin head, spoon, or hand out the pumpkin. Scrape off the fibers and intestines out of the pumpkin wall so that they can be easily carved.
Select a template
Draw the shape to carve a pumpkin. Or choose the picture you intend to engrave as a black cat, skull, leaf flower, castle, and print out the paper with the same size as the shape carved on the pumpkin surface. Use a pin to fix a flat piece of paper to the surface of the pumpkin. You can also get scissors to cut out the excess on the design before attaching.
Before attaching the needle, you should follow the details of the sample on the pumpkin to collect them. When carving pumpkins, start with the smallest details of the design. Although the first step is a bit difficult, this step will make the following steps easier.
If you are left-handed, start on the right and vice versa. Initially, you should only use a small knife to trim the surface to get an idea of the design. When you see that everything is fine, you have to cut or use a serrated, chiseled knife to create a deep image inside to create holes for light to enter.
If you accidentally lose essential design details, you can carve out the missing part and reattach it with a toothpick.
Take out the leftovers
If you have difficulty pulling out the excess of the pumpkin, you can use a drill or a sharp knife, plugin, and pull out the pumpkin pieces.
Wipe off squash
After carving, you take a damp towel to wipe all surfaces, especially the bottom of the pumpkin, then wipe off with a towel.
Soften the engraving edge
Rub vaseline on all sides, just carved edges to help pumpkins from drying out too quickly.
Add a candle to the pumpkin. If you don’t have a flat surface for the candle, you can attach a paper clip to the pumpkin flesh, then stick the bottom of the candle with the paper clip. The paper clip will hold the candle in place.
If your pumpkin starts to dry, turn off the candle and soak the pumpkin in water for a few hours, then you wipe it off with a clean towel.
To create an intense aroma for pumpkins, you can apply a little cinnamon powder, lavender, rose on the pumpkin cover, or use scented candles with any favorite scent. This way, when you light the candle inside the pumpkin and close the lid, the candle will make your house smell great!
We have some styles for carving your pumpkin well:
Stenciling a Pumpkin
Step 1:You should decide which patterns you want to use and trace the design onto tracing paper.
Step 2: Then, tape the patterns to the pumpkin. You also need to be careful with this step.
Step 3:To transfer well the patterns to the pumpkin, you should use a corsage pin, pushpin, or the tip of the poker tool to poke holes through the paper and into the pumpkin along the design lines 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch apart. We should make sure that all of the tracks have been transferred. You remove the paper and use a pen or dull-point pencil to connect the dots. You save the paper patterns to refer to while carving.
Step 4:You cradle the pumpkin in your lap. You keep the pumpkin saw or small paring knife at a 90-degree angle to the pumpkin while carving. You carve from dot to dot to cut out the pattern shapes. And, if an older child wants to help, the saw is quite much safer than a knife but still requires adult supervision. Also, you push the cut pieces into the pumpkin with your fingers. If a meaningful bit becomes wedged, cut it into smaller pieces.
Step 5:If you still happen to cut through a pumpkin section by mistake, reattach the pieces with straight pins or toothpicks.
Step 6: You rub all cut pumpkin edges with petroleum jelly to keep it fresh longer. Be more careful!
Step 7:Embed a short column candle, votive, or battery-operated light in the pumpkin. If the candle is not in a holder, you form a holder from aluminum foil. And you secure the candle with a few drops of melted wax.
Step 8:If candle smoke blackens the lid, you should cut a chimney hole in the lid top to vent the smoke, and preserve your design.
Drilling a Pumpkin
Step 1:You should mark a dot design using a template or straight edge.
Step 2: You drill dot holes with an electric screwdriver. Or you cut out design with a knife.
Step 3:Place a candle inside the pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.
Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Carving
Before you do begin, carefully cut a circle around the pumpkin stem, lift off the lid and remove the seeds from the top and inside the pumpkin.
Step 1:You place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet until at least half of the cutter has pierced the pumpkin’s shell.
Step 2: Remove the cookie cutter, using needle-nose pliers if needed. This is quite important to carve a pumpkin well.
Step 3:With a small serrated knife, follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, and making sure to cut through the shell.
Step 4: With one hand inside the pumpkin, you should push out the cookie-cutter image from the pumpkin and discard it. You need to be careful with this step.
Step 5:Place a candle inside the pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.
Once carved, pumpkins will last up for three to 5 days — or up to 2 weeks if you live in a colder climate or keep it in the fridge between uses.
After this time, it will start to show signs of decay and will brown.
Some people opt to paint their pumpkins instead of carving them, to ensure their pumpkin lasts for the duration of the spooky period.
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