Hello friends! As promised last week in part one of How to Carve Awesome Pumpkins, I am back with details of how we carved our awesome pumpkins. I was a bit nervous, because my beloved printer crapped out on me. There was a rumor that Target had HP printers on clearance, but I found no such printers. I was pretty bummed, until my husband Brian had a pretty ingenious idea!
How we carve our awesome pumpkins…part two
Brian has to do presentations from time to time so he has a projector. He found free images online of what we were thinking, and then projected them onto the pumpkin we would be carving on. Now for the fun part. My hands are a bit more steady, so I chose to outline the lines from the projector onto the pumpkin. I wish I had been able to get pictures of me contorting myself around this pumpkin. It’s imperative that you don’t block the light or smudge the lines. I’m a lefty, so I’m used to having to think outside the box as my right-handed husband tried making suggestions. LOL!! I do regret not wiping down the table first, since we had pancakes for breakfast….
Once I finished outlining the projected “stencil”, I handed off that bad boy to Brian. He used my handy little X-ACTO knife, and cut into the lines I had drawn. We have this nifty little lantern/flashlight that he put inside each pumpkin he carved so he could see how the light was coming through. We had some leftover pumpkin carving tools, so he solely used those to carve out the first pumpkin. They worked really well because a lot of the lines were close together and smaller, any mistake would be very noticeable.
On the second and third pumpkins, Brian used a Dremel to help smooth the lines. These stencils had thicker lines and were a bit less intricate. He was also able to make different sized holes that look like stars or pixie dust, which I love.
Things to remember:
- Try to use something to light the inside of your pumpkin while you carve, but I wouldn’t suggest a lit candle
- Start working from left to right. You will be less likely to smudge any lines holding the pumpkin still with your free hand.
- Using the X-ACTO to trace the lines is always a good idea so you know where your permanent cuts will be.
- Work in an area that’s a bit darker than usual, but not so dark that you will strain your eyes.
- Lastly, have fun. Watch tutorials, get inspiration, do settle on the same boring designs because you can do it!!
I never would have imagined that we would have these awesome looking pumpkins. I always have grand ideas, but making them happen sometimes falls short. Take a risk and try something new, you might surprise yourself!! I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of all three pumpkins lit up in the dark. Carving ran right through bedtime, so I was in too much of a rush. But I will get those shots tonight and update this post, promise!!
What did your pumpkins look like this year?? Leave me pics or a comment, I’d love to hear from you!!