Fall is officially here and with it comes the changing of the leaves, sunny autumn days, and most importantly Halloween! Below are some tips for fun and safe pumpkin carving.
- Draw your design on the pumpkin with a water-based marker beforehand. Mistakes are easily erased with a damp sponge.
- Cut the top and any large areas with a sharp, straight-edged knife. A dull blade is not a safe alternative.
- Carve away from yourself and remember – children should carve only under adult supervision.
- Cut the lid at an angle so the outside diameter is larger than the inside. This prevents the top from falling into the pumpkin when it shrinks.
- Scoop out the seeds and stringy flesh with a large spoon or ice cream scooper. Remember to save the seeds! Wash them, then toast them in the oven for a delicious, healthy snack!
- Carve the facial features closest to the center first and work outward. Cut out the larger features in sections.
- Use an X-Acto knife for details and utilize the tip of a potato peeler to make small circles and curves.
- Reattach a section that is accidentally removed by using a toothpick to pin it back in place.
- Flatten a spot in the base of the pumpkin for the candle but avoid digging too deep because the pumpkin becomes prone to rot.
- To prolong the life of your new Jack-O-Lantern, seal in moisture by coating all the surfaces with a petroleum jelly or vegetable oil, or cover it with a damp towel when not on display.
You can find more fun craft-type ideas and tips at Disney’s Family Fun web site, including some great design ideas for your next Jack-O-Latern project.
Until next time, Peace!