Carve a Cool Pumpkin this Halloween!
Craft Project Directions:
How to Carve a Pumpkin!To make a cool carved pumpkin this Halloween you will need a pumpkin (evenly shaped and medium size), a design to carve, tape, a nail, a potato peeler, a paring knife, a larger knife, newspaper, and a solid large spoon. You will also need an adult to help you with the carving.
To begin, wash your pumpkin with a little soap and water and then pat it dry. Next spread out a lot of newspapers covering your whole pumpkin carving area.
The first thing you want to do is to take the top of the pumpkin off. Take your larger knife, insert it in the top of the pumpkin with a slight angle towards the center, and cut around the stem. Cutting the top this way you will have a top piece which is wider at the top then the bottom and won't fall in. Next scrape out the insides of the pumpkin with your solid large spoon. Be sure to get all the strings and seeds out, and scrape the walls of the pumpkin so they are thinner, rather than thicker.
Now take your design and transfer it to your pumpkin. If you have the design on paper, tape it to the pumpkin. Then take a nail and poke holes through the paper into the pumpkin to create the design on the surface of the pumpkin. Once you have finished doing this, take your paring knife and connect the dots!
Now you are ready to carve your pumpkin. Be sure to have an adult do this part! and always have them carve the pumpkin with the knife cutting away from themselves! Start carving your pumpkin by carving in the middle of each feature and then pushing the carved pieces into the pumpkin and then removing them.
Once you are finished carving, you can also add some fun props to your pumpkin! Consider adding hats, scarves, painted features, etc. Have Fun! Enjoy Crafting! Happy Halloween!