Funny Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas: In the United States, Halloween is the biggest deal in fall season. Everything about the fall season is great; pumpkins go hand in hand with the fall holidays of Halloween but nothing like the Halloween holiday itself and to the Halloween decor. An orange fruit harvested in October as much as we love eating it, we also love using it as Halloween decor. Nothing can beat that glowing orange orb that is used to make soups, desserts and breads and decor.
Why Do We Carve Pumpkins (Jack-O’-Lanterns) on Halloween?
Traditions have always played a big part in what defines any holiday. Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns or into scary faces then lighting them is a popular Halloween tradition that just must have interesting roots. This odd kind of custom originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland.
In Ireland, folks there have a legend of a clever drunken farmer that pulls one over on the devil. This foul-mouthed drunk and disreputable miser named Stingy Jack who played tricks on everyone and even had a deal with the devil which led to him being turned back at both the gates of heaven and hell upon his death. Stingy Jack was forced to roam the darkness of purgatory as a ghost. Jack made an o’-lantern from a turnip and lump of burning coal to guide his lost soul as he walked the Earth forever.
Pumpkin Carving Tools
Once you’ve found a smooth, symmetrical pumpkin, it becomes all about the tools. Look beyond the knife drawer to implements intended for other uses — say, a melon baller or a keyhole saw. The following items will make quick work of the task at hand.
Linoleum Cutter- This item is used to carve detail into the surface of a pumpkin with great accuracy.
Flower Pattern Created Using a Linoleum Cutter
Hole Cutters- Used by potters to create holes in clay, these short metal pipes with a sharp end and a capped one will work well on pumpkins, too.
Miniature Saws- The thin, sturdy blades on these saws are perfect for carving irregular shapes.
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Here are Pumpkin carving tips – How to carve a the perfect pumpkin for Halloween in 7 easy steps;
1. Good carving starts with the right pumpkin;
Choose one that is fresh plump round shape with a rich, orange color, with a sturdy stem as this will later serve as an important design feature and no bruises-blemish-free- and that has a flat bottom so it won’t roll. But in case if you have an idea what type of faces you may be interested in carving, you may take the shape of the pumpkin into consideration; tall, triangular, flat, cone shape….
2. Cut out the Top (or Bottom);
When cutting out the top or the bottom of your pumpkin make sure you cut a simple shape… a square and it should be big enough so that you will be able to easily scoop out the guts (the seeds and membrane) of the pumpkin. Angle your carving tool or knife when cutting out the lid cut on an angle, not straight up and down so that the outside edge is a bit larger than the inside. This ensures that the lid will not fall through once it is cut out and your lid won’t drop inside! A boning knife works best for this.
3. Scooping out the pumpkin:
Use an ice cream scoop will do just fine instead buying a special “claw”. Starting at the top, scrape the seeds and membrane on the sides of the pumpkin, so the inner wall of the “face” area to 1 1/4-inch thick and the interior of the pumpkin is smooth and clean and the bottom (inside) of the pumpkin flat.
4. Designing Your Masterpiece;
If you’re going for high art, don’t start carving free-style – use a marker pen to print or draw your design onto the pumpkin first. If you want your lantern to look really professional, draw a paper template, and then tape it onto the pumpkin. Then use a sharp pointed tool to trace the design through the paper and onto the pumpkin to poke holes around the design so the paper can be removed or sketch your design directly onto the pumpkin with a dry-erase or water-based marker. Use a knife with a thin, long blade to cut out your design, starting at the center and working outwards. Take your time and be careful as you carve.
6. Keep your pumpkin last longer and fresh;
A pumpkin can last for about a week once it is carved. Spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges prolong its life a few extra days by sealing in its moisture, this works as a barrier and delays rotting.
*N.P. Petroleum jelly is flammable so wait till the petroleum jelly sets or coat the pumpkin before you place the candle inside.
7. To keep your Jack indoors;
Sprinkle a little cinnamon nutmeg and cloves inside the lid. When you light the candle, your jack-o’-lantern will smell like an autumn air freshener.
Cool Pumpkin Ideas Without Carving
If you’re sick of buying a flimsy pumpkin-carving set every year, you’ve come to the right place. Not only is the annual cost of pumpkin carving expensive, but the activity itself is also dangerous and incredibly messy. This Fall, skip the hassle of cutting up a gourd by trying something new: a no-carve pumpkin decoration.
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6 Natural Ways to Extend the Life of Your Pumpkin;
1. Clean it Well; when prepping your pumpkin for carving, be sure to scrape and discard the “pumpkin guts” as much as possible… The cleaner and drier the pumpkin interior, the slower the rotting process.
2. Peppermint dish soap; dilute one tablespoon of peppermint dish in a quart of water. Lightly spray the inside of your cleaned-out pumpkin as Peppermint is a natural anti-fungal agent and will extend the life of your pumpkin by slowing the decomposition process.
3. Consider refrigerating overnight; Depending on your local weather conditions during the month of October, a warm climate may shorten the lifespan of the carved pumpkin. Put your carved pumpkins in the fridge overnight. Spray your pumpkins with the Peppermint dish soap and wrap in a trash bag prior to placing in the fridge. This process will slow down the dehydration process of your pumpkins each night.
4- Soak it in bleach. Another way to re-hydrate your pumpkins is to fill a sink, a large bucket, bin or tub with enough cold water and bleach. Leave your pumpkin soaking for 20-30 minutes before removing. Then Wipe dry and carve. A bleach-treated jack-o’-lantern lasted for up to ten days with only minimal decay. For extra care use the water/bleach mixture to spray the open surfaces, including the inside. The bleach kills any bacteria hanging out on your pumpkin and prevents it from rotting.
5. Soak pumpkins overnight. Typically, pumpkins set out for less than a week won’t need re-hydration, especially if you live in a cool climate. If you notice yours beginning to wilt , restore them back to their original condition by soaking them in water overnight.
6. Use a fruit fly trap. Like any type of fruit left out, pumpkins attract fruit flies. Fruit Flies will not only be annoying, but speed up the decomposition. Drawn to rotting fruit and vegetables, fruit flies will expedite the process, leaving a damaged pumpkin and an infestation behind. Use Natural fruit fly solutions, like Aunt Fannie’s Fly Punch! Or this DIY mixture is a poison-free way to prevent fruit flies from settling in to do damage. They are a great natural way to keep the flies at bay. Your pumpkin lives to see another day, and your home remains free from invaders.
Skip the chemicals this season, and do Halloween the natural way!
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