Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful
Thanksgiving Football shopping pumpkin pie fall leaves turkey dinner Family pilgrims blessings cornucopia peace love thankful

One empowered woman's struggle against the world
Saturday December 15th 2018

Let’s Get To Carving – A Pumpkin That Is

Carved pumpkinCarving a pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern is a Halloween tradition.  Today, already carved pumpkins can purchased at the store but where is the fun in that.  Jack-O-Lanterns are easy and fun to make for both adults and kids.  Decide on a face, pick the pumpkin, prep the pumpkin, carve the face and light it up.  A good Jack-O-Lantern only last for a few days so best to make them right before Halloween to avoid a squishy Jack-O-Lantern when all the ghost and goblins come by.

Decide on a Face

The first step to creating a Jack-O-Lantern is to decide what kind of face you want the Jack-O-Lantern to have.  Faces can be made in any shape or size, happy or scary, short or tall and simple or complicated.  The traditional Jack-O-Lantern has the triangle eyes and nose and a basic mouth.  As more and more people have found you can carve anything you want.  No longer are people tied to the traditional face.  Cats, bats, ghost, words and even detailed replications of people, places and things are common to see on Jack-O-Lanterns.

Stencil or freehand?  The face of a Jack-O-Lantern doesn’t have to be perfect.  Using a marker to outline the face and then carving it out is perfectly acceptable.  The more creative the face or picture, the more complicated it becomes and stencils are best to use.  If you want you can make your own stencils, purchase stencils or download stencils from the internet.

BHG.com (Better Homes and Gardens) has a free easy to use custom pumpkin stencil maker. You do have to register with your email address but it is well worth it.  The custom pumpkin stencil maker asks 6 questions about you to determine your pumpkin stencil style, level of ability and amount of time you wish to put into the project.  Once you answer the question it recommends some custom stencils that can be printed out and used.  It is definitely worth checking out.

If you want to create your own pumpkin face, BHG.com is also running a virtual pumpkin carving contest.  You create your own face with a step by step easy to use program and at the end, enter it in the contest.  Printing the stencil for your very own creation is also available.  This is a fun way to let kids design their own pumpkin face stencil.

Once you decide on a face or picture for your Jack-O-Lantern you are ready for the next step.  Whether you make your own stencil, print one out from the internet or decide to do it freehand you are ready.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.