Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Let's Carve a Pumpkin!

Okay, so if you are a parent, then you probably know that pumpkin carving just comes with the territory when Halloween comes around. I always thought it was a fun thing we did with my Mom so I wanted to be sure to keep the tradition with my kids. Right now, they're still a bit small for the actual carving part. My two oldest princesses are pretty good artists for their age so I have them draw the face of their pumpkin and I do my best to carve it for them. My youngest princess LOVES Mickey and Minnie Mouse so I decided to look for a pattern for them. I found these free patterns online. There are quite a few Disney patterns to choose from. I didn't feel like printing it up so I free handed it while looking at the picture. You can't tell here but I drew on the pumpkin with a pencil, then drew over it with marker. The only thing is, with the marker, it's hard to not have any marker showing when you are finished.

First, use a serrated knife to cut the top off the pumpkin and scoop out the insides. Using a pumpkin carving kit was much easier because it had a bunch of good tools to use including a scraper. Scrape the insides of the pumpkin.

Here's my Mickey with the Sharpie.

 My Princess7 and Princess5 helping scoop out thre pumpkin guts.

It helped using this tool with my pumpkin carving kit to poke holes along the drawn lines to help with the carving process.

Us the pumpkin knife and cut out the smaller sections first. Be careful and aware during the entire process because if you put too much pressure on a section you've already carved it may break off.
Also, when you finish a section, gently push it out from the inside. For some reason, my knife always goes at an angle so I end up trimming the inside of the pumpkin after I take the pieces out just so it looks right.

Finished Mickey.

This is Princess5's pumpkin face. Now I have to figure out how the heck to carve it. ???

Princess5 is exactly that...a princess. So here's me scooping out the insides for her because she didn't want to touch it. And she wanted to take a picture of me doing it.

Scooping it out...she's still taking pictures...

Here's my Mickey and Minnie Mouse pumpkins. I probably could've worked on Mickey's mouth a little more.

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