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Kids look forward to Halloween and carving pumpkins every year. Adults do too. Even adults that don’t have kids still carve pumpkins. It is a fun art project that has no real rules. You can have pumpkins displayed on your front porch or stoop that look like a professional did it. It just takes creativity and paying careful attention to details to get it right.
Pick the Right Pumpkin
First and foremost, starting with the right pumpkin is a must. When selecting your pumpkin, look for one that has a nice flat bottom. This helps it to be stable when being carved and displayed. Unless it is part of the planned design, select a pumpkin that has a smooth surface. Some have bumps and stem-like veins going through them.
Clean the Pumpkin Well
Clean out the inside of the pumpkin very well. All of the seeds and threads should be removed. To make sure that there are no interior remnants inside, use a tablespoon to lightly scrape the edges on the inside of the pumpkin. This releases any leftover strands of “guts”.
Carve it at the Right Time
Carving a pumpkin too early gives it more time to begin rotting or withering. It is ideal to carve your pumpkin roughly 3 days before Halloween. If you use a preservative to prevent rotting, carving up to a week before Halloween is okay.
Get a Pumpkin Carving Kit
A pumpkin carving kit is available for both kids and adults. The tools in the kids’ kit are “safety tools” meaning that the blade on the knife has a sturdy handle for them to hold securely and the other tools are plastic. The adult kits are more advanced as there are tools for sculpting and removing the outer layer for a more dramatic effect.
These kits are readily available at most department store retailers and grocers.
Stencils and patterns are a great way to make a spectacular Jack-O-Lantern. Many of them can be secured right onto the pumpkin’s surface so that your lines are straight and even. Patterns can be printed from your home computer to use. With these, you can trace the outline onto the pumpkin with a knife or use a pen to puncture through the lines as a guide. This is the easiest way to make sure the designs on the pumpkin are symmetrical and properly detailed without having to draw freehand.
Use the tips above to create the best pumpkin ever. The neighbors will be jealous of your amazing creations. Even the kids will feel proud of their carved pieces. It is likely to become a tradition every year to carve a better pumpkin than the previous year.