My Attempt At Pumpkin Carving!

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Not long until Halloween and I  couldn’t wait to pick up some pumpkins and get pumpkin carving! I would love to have picked some out at a pumpkin patch but not having one near by meant I went to the next best place…my local garden centre!

I chose three pumpkins and planned to carve a different design into each one. After searching online for templates I found a cat one I liked and also one with the words ‘Happy Halloween’. For the final pumpkin I decided to make  a traditional one using the shape cutters that came with a pumpkin carving kit I bought off eBay. The kit also contained a carving knife and a scoop that were bound to  come in very handy!

I’m definitely a  beginner at pumpkin carving and things didn’t quite go to plan!  It started with the setup. I put down lots of newspaper, had a glass bowl to put the inside of the pumpkin in and my carving kit was at the ready along with the templates I had printed out. I also bought a cute little pumpkin tin to put the contents of the carving kit in.

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The first step was to remove the top of the pumpkin. The knife that came with the kit broke within seconds so I ended up using a normal knife. Once the lid was off I scooped out the inside using the scooper. My bowl was soon filled with pumpkin and seeds, it seemed a shame for it to all go to waste. Next year when I carve pumpkins again I will use it to bake pumpkin flavoured everything! I’ve always wondered what it tastes like because I’ve never  tried pumpkin before which seems strange to say considering I buy one every year.

Once the inside was all scooped out it was a relief that the lid  fitted back on top and  it was now time to carve the design. I decided to use the shape cutters for my first one with the aim of it to look like a traditional jack-o-lantern. The idea is you push the cutters into the pumpkin and it makes an indent that you can then carve out.  Mine didn’t make much of a mark so I ended up carving out what I thought it should look like and hoping for the best!

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For my second pumpkin the plan was to use the cat template but the design was to big for the pumpkin I had so I drew it freehand . Then it was time to carve the final one and how the others turned out made me realise my plan to carve ‘Happy Halloween’  may have been slightly ambitious so I went for the simpler option of carving out my initials instead!

For the lights to go inside I went for LED tea lights. I wasn’t sure if they would be strong enough to make a good enough effect but I put my pumpkins outside and waited for darkness to find out.

 

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I was so surprised how much they lit up! They glowed brightly and the LED lights flickered making it seem like there was a real candle inside!

So there you have it these are this year’s pumpkins.They’re very basic but I’m a beginner so fingers crossed they’ll be a bit more advanced next year!

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