Note: Due to our Blog Hop scheduled for Friday, Oct 15, Ask Maria is appearing on Thursday this week. It will be back to its regularly scheduled Friday time slot next week.
My daughter wants to make a Jack ‘O Lantern this year. Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated.
I thought you might like this Pumpkin Patch Card from FaveCrafts.com to get you in the mood for pumpkin carving! As you wander the pumpkin patch, keep in mind what you want to carve (or paint, decoupage, etc.) on the pumpkin–is it a big design, does the design wrap all the way around, does your pumpkin need to be tall and narrow or short and round to work with your idea? Go with a plan in mind, but be willing to change it up–you might find a pumpkin you can’t leave behind!
You want a nice bright orange pumpkin with no soft spots. Go as large as you can afford or find. Check for bruises, mold, rot.
Experts recommend that beginners use a bold, simple pattern/design. If you are carving, cover your work area and use a sharp paring knife. When carving or cutting, angle the knife at a 45 degree angle. Cut out an opening at the top, scoop out all the inside guts, and do not let the outer shell of your pumpkin get wet! You can draw out your face first, then slowly and carefully start to cut out the design. Here are some sites that have inspiration for carving: Family Fun, Pumpkin Lady, and About.
Keep in mind you don’t have to carve a Jack ‘O Lantern! You can paint a pumpkin too! No surface prep is needed–all you have to do is sketch out a pattern or design and paint away! Check out this site for ideas!
And FaveCrafts.com has lots of tips and ideas for Jack ‘O Lanterns and Halloween with some great free-to-download e-books!