Fall has just begun, and Halloween is just around the corner! You know what that means– pumpkins are going to be popping up everywhere. Some of my favorite fall pastimes are pumpkin-picking and pumpkin-carving. Social Power Hour has got you covered with all the best tips for carving your pumpkins this season!
1. Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
First things first, you’re going to have to pick the perfect pumpkin! Choose one that will be the appropriate size for your design. Bigger pumpkins obviously give you more surface area to draw and carve, but that also means more insides that you will have to scoop out. Pumpkins also come in several different colors– the options are endless!
2. Take off the Top, Back or Bottom. Remove insides.
Now, you’re going to need to remove the top, back or bottom to remove the seeds. This will prevent squirrels and other animals from destroying your beautifully carved masterpiece! Any portion of the pumpkin can be removed, depending on how you want it to look and where you are carving it. Next, scoop everything out before you start carving– it’ll be much easier to carve when there’s nothing inside the pumpkin!
3. Draw Your Design First
There is nothing worse than carving your pumpkin and making a mistake. Before you whip out the carving tools, draw the face on the pumpkin with dry erase markers– you can always wipe the marker off, and it will be much easier to carve along a drawn line!
4. Use a Serrated or Pumpkin-Carving Knife
You can’t deny that a pumpkin’s flesh is thick, and difficult to cut through. Invest in a serrated knife, a pumpkin-carving knife, or a small saw to optimize your pumpkin-carving. Take your time when cutting and carving and use a sawing motion!
5. Add Props
The best part about carving pumpkins is that you can literally add any props you want! My favorite props for pumpkins are different candies for facial features and pipe-cleaners for hair. The crazier the props, the better the pumpkin!
6. Polish Your Pumpkin
Unfortunately, your perfect pumpkin will start to rot. To preserve your pumpkin for a little longer, spray it with a bathroom cleaner that has bleach in it. This will not only keep the mold away, but it will prevent the bugs and animals from getting to it!
7. Light up Your Pumpkin
Once you’ve carved your pumpkin, put a candle in it! For a safer option, use a battery-operated flameless candle. For real candles, make sure the top of the pumpkin is cut off to prevent any fire hazards.
Have any more pumpkin-carving tips? Share them in the comments section below!