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:
|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.
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!