Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Carving - Stencil Style

When I was younger, we have to carve pumpkins using only our imaginations. If we were smart, we used a pencil to draw the face we wanted to carve on the pumpkin. Those days are over.

For less than $5 I picked up a Sesame Street carving kit at Target. I am sure you could find free stencils on the internet, but I like to have the special tools. Here are the steps we followed:
1) Pick your stencil and tape it to the pumpkin. I always cut the paper to help round it to the pumpkin.
2) Transfer the outline of the stencil onto the pumpkin. I like to use a "poker" tool to do this. I actually think this is the hardest part because it is so tedious.
3) Remove paper and start carving.
4) Touch up any areas you may have made errors.

I think each pumpkin took 45 minutes to an hour total. Not bad at all in my opinion. And I think these look so cool all lit up. I used two tea lights in each one. I used a different camera than before to take the last picture and I think it turned out great.





And you may wonder why my husband is in every picture and not me. Well, it is because he is a good sport and does not mind posing for my pictures at all. I actually think he likes it.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, those turned out great Jennifer!

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  2. OMG...I love these. Too cute!!

    Okay...blonde moment...I always wondered how people got such cute pumpkins and mine were ugly! Now I know how...watch out next Halloween~we are going to kick ass!!!

    Thanks Jen!! :D

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  3. I may need stenciling for carving as B wants me to do a pumpkin. I am going to have to go shopping.

    jlynn - that is hilarious!

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  4. J'lynn, I am cracking up! You are going to have awesome pumpkins from now on!!!

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