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Pumpkin Carving

I thought I would blog about pumpkin carving today. I’ve already bought my first pumpkin of the season. Yippeee! I love pumpkins and I buy numerous pumpkins during September and October. Sometimes you can pick them up ridiculously cheap on November 1 which is great if you love freshly roasted pumpkin seeds.

I use a mixture of the tools included with the store-bought pumpkin carving kits and kitchen items I already have. The Internet has a plethora of free patterns for pumpkin carving and the kits contain a book with several free patterns. Pumpkin Carving 101 has a great article with pictures about using stencil pattens to carve a pumpkin.

For lighting the pumpkin, I use glow sticks so I don’t have to worry about having an open flame outside. Plus, who doesn’t like shaking up a glow stick and cracking it to make it glow?

I stick to medium to large size pumpkins. You have to be careful with some of the larger pumpkins. They often have thick skin which makes carving the pumpkin more difficult and/or time-consuming. I think my two favorite pumpkins I carved last year were Hello Kitty and a skull. I couldn’t find my picture of the Hello Kitty pumpkin lit.

I’m looking forward to carving pumpkins this year. I should also add that Rob carves pumpkins too. I don’t hog all the pumpkin carving fun, although I do try to hog all the roasted pumpkin seeds. πŸ˜€

Skull Pumpkin:

Skull Pumpkin

Skull Pumpkin Lit:

Skull Pumpkin Lit

Hello Kitty Pumpkin:

Hello Kitty Pumpkin

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  • rachel September 8, 2006, 9:48 am

    so cute! I love them both!

  • K September 8, 2006, 10:20 am

    Love the ‘kins Emmy! I am not adept with the carving knife but i have an uncle who is and i marvel at the artistry. Such talent you have!

    I have an affinity for pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pulp and pumpkin filling (tho not a pie fan, per se). YUMMY!

    And regarding the glow sticks. CRAAAAACK! Hee hee.

  • Too Fond of Books September 8, 2006, 11:26 am

    Found your blog via VegChic. Your pumpkins are adorable, and they actually make me look forward to fall instead of dreading the end of summer!

  • Crystal September 8, 2006, 5:52 pm

    Those look so cool!! What a great idea to use glow sticks too. I’ll try that.

    What do you do to keep the pumpkin from rotting or slumping? I’ve heard vaseline works and I’m sure I have that in a cupboard somewhere from other pumpkin carving projects – any tips?

    Can’t wait to host the annual pumpkin carving night at our house again this year. I have the little little kids paint instead of carve, but it’s fun all around.

  • Dori September 8, 2006, 9:55 pm

    Today i have seen my very first hello kitty pumpkin ever. πŸ™‚

  • Vivacious Vegan September 9, 2006, 12:32 am

    There was a website I saw a couple of years back that had some of the most incredible pumpkins carved (like faces of celebrities). They were truly pieces of work. Your skull is pretty darn cool – especially all lit up. I think, in our new home, this will be the first time we actually have a whole bunch of trick-or-treaters. I’m excited because I like seeing all the cute kids in their costumes.

  • vegandiva September 9, 2006, 12:11 pm

    Thanks for all the compliments everyone πŸ˜€

    Crystal, I do use the generic equivalent of Vaseline to keep the pumpkin from rotting quickly. Just put a thin layer inside and also along the cut/exposed edges of the design. I’ve also read that some people use bleach to prevent mold from growing. I’ve never used bleach though. The pumpkins usually keep for a few days.

    Last year, I also saw some LED battery powered pumpkin lights and a few even changed colors. I may have to try that this year as well. I really like using the glow sticks inside just because I don’t have to worry about it. The orange and green glow sticks both give off eerie glows.

    VV, I’ve seen those sites too where they carve images of famous people. It’s amazing what some people can carve into a pumpkin!!

  • Melissa West September 9, 2006, 9:05 pm

    Love the hello kitty pumpkin. How did you do that?

  • vegandiva September 9, 2006, 11:21 pm

    Melissa, I used a pattern I found online last year. I tried to find it again this year but haven’t had any luck googling for it. Have you seen those pumpkin carving kits in the store? Well you tape the pattern to the pumpkin. Those kits come with this little tool you can use to poke the design onto the pumpkin. Then using a knife or the other tools in the kit, you carve the design following the poke marks. If you try it, my best advice is to start out with a really simple design the first time so you get used to the whole process πŸ™‚

  • Jenni September 11, 2006, 1:40 pm

    I love the Hello Kitty pumpkin! You’ve inspired me to try a Badtz Maru pumpkin this year. Cartoon characters are probably not terribly hard since they have simple line designs, anyway. Thanks for reminding me of the fun that fall brings!

  • peabody September 15, 2006, 11:46 pm

    I love your Hello Kitty pumpkin!

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