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DIY: How to Make a Carved Pumpkin

It’s that time of the year again! The trees are getting (or are) yellow and orange, the days are getting shorter and you can once again see your breath in front of you. And that means it’s also time for Halloween and, with that, for carved pumpkins!
And, because I managed to get my hands on a pumpkin for a ridiculously small amount of money, I figured I’d show you how to get from this:
to this:

 

Let’s get started!

1. First step: get cutting! You want to get a circular shape on the top of your pumpkin (or, in my case, because I have next to no artistic talent, something between a triangular and a square). The easiest way is to just take a sharp kitchen knife, and push it into your pumpkin on the top.

You should notice that first you have to press quite hard, and then suddenly you seem to go through it really fast. The ‘fast part’ is where you’ve gone through the flesh and have reached the stringy bit. It does help to cut downwards slightly towards the middle, so the hat of the pumpkin can sit on the empty pumpkin, as so:

 

Once you can pull the ‘hat’ off of the rest of the pumpkin, take a spoon. I’ve been told that you should use an ice scoop, but seeing how as I don’t actually have one, I used a spoon, and it went perfectly.
There’s basically three kinds of things inside of a pumpkin: the flesh (upper left), the seeds (upper right) and the stringy bits, which are attached to the flesh and in which the seeds are hiding. If you’re wondering what you should do with these, be sure to check back next week, when I’ll post the recipes of what I did with this pumpkin!

 

 Once your pumpkin is completely empty, it should look a little something like this:
I don’t know what was up with the lighting when I took this, but apparently my skin is now so white it’s literally blue?

You’ll know you’ve taken out enough of the flesh once you can start to see the outside light through the sides – and now you can get carving!

I carved both sides, and I decided to start with a pretty simple one: I just cut out two triangles high on the side, and then cut a straight line towards the bottom of my pumpkin, about 1cm beyond the eyes on each side

I then continued to make smaller cuts, dead straight on the horizontal lines. If you then cut from the upper right to the lower left and from the upper left to the lower right corner, you can easily get these sharp teeth, and make them all about the same size.

Once I finished the upper teeth, I just gave my pumpkin two fangs, and that’s the first side done!
For the second side, I figured I’d go a bit more dramatic, so I started by making a bow (or attempted to – again, my ‘artistic talents’ are somewhat lacking). I then just cut up from the two lowest points to about a quarter of the length of the bow, creating the two big fangs. To finish the mouth, I then just made two (approximately) equal triangles, to have some more sharp teeth.

The eyes are just two triangles again, but then I added some (angry) eyebrows – this much I do know: sad eyebrows go down towards the outside, angry eyebrows go down inwards – and down these go:

And that’s it! You’ve just cut your pumpkin! Some last hints: if you want your pumpkin to last longer, spray some hairspray on there, it helps conserve it just a bit longer.
If you do want to light an actual candle in there (do it! that looks amazing!) make sure that, when your emptying your pumpkin, you leave the bottom flat, or you can even create a little ‘dent’ to set it in!

Do you guys carve your pumpkins as well? What other Halloween traditions do you have? Let me know below!

-Saar

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