Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pumpkin Carving and Decorating



These are the pumpkins that the kids and I made today. We discussed what they each wanted to do and looked up ideas prior to starting. The above picture is the final project. I can't wait to see how they look all lit up.


My son helped me pick out pumpkins and of course he picked the biggest ones he could find. If you scroll down to the last picture you can see how big these pumpkins are compared to my mosaic pumpkin.


This was their project and I wanted them to complete as much of it as was safe for them to do and had the attention span to do. This was the first year my daughter did the carving on her own using a pumpkin knife. I did the carving for my son. Before they carved I had them draw the jack'o'lantern features on the pumpkin with a permanent marker. Then I know exactly what they want and where they want it (less arguments!)



They normally like to do all of their projects on their own and do not want help from each other, but they each wanted to stick in toothpicks and hammer in nails, so they agreed to work together. Hooray for woring together!


There is something therapeutic of hammering nails in to a pumpkin. It goes in smoothly and kids can hammer it easily.


The top one is my son's design. He wanted a carrot nose and glasses (we bought a pair of sunglasses from the dollar store) and a mouth full of toothpick teeth. I have to say - making toothpick teeth is so much easier than carving out teeth.

The bottom one is my daughter's design. She thought it looked even creepier if she used the lenses from the sunglasses used for my son's jack'o'lantern in place of just carved out eyes. She wanted to use a bunch of different kinds of nails (she asked daddy what he had leftover he didn't need) and used staples as stitches.



Below you can see just how big of pumpkins that my son picked out compared to the mosaic pumpkin I made. Too learn how I made the mosaic pumpkin and see all the other crafts I made using black spray paint, read my post on Northern Cheapskate "Creative Halloween Crafts on the Cheap".





9 comments:

Growing Up Madison said...

Very creative! I like your daughter's especially with the staples. Seeing all the Halloween crafts has put me in the spirit of Halloween. Thanks for sharing. :)

Melinda Dunne said...

Oh my those are great jack o lanterns! I have to say I LOVE your daughter's what a great idea to use different nail and sunglass lenses. How do they look lit up?

GreenOrganic Mamas said...

Pumpkin carving is so fun and we love to use the innards for pies and bake the seeds. Looks like they had a great time.

Shanna said...

These are so cute! I love the snowman/scarecrow one!

Renee King said...

Those are some creative and scarey pumpkins. I am sure they will look very cool with a candle in them. Great way to think outside of the box.

Jamie Knupp said...

Awesome Jack-O-Lanterns!

Ria C said...

Awesome and very, very creative I should say! :) That other pumpkin with the nails on it reminds me of a horror flick in the 90s. :)

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

OMGosh those are great, tell them they did a good job!

Julie said...

Such clever ideas. I love them.