Earlier this week I posted a picture of my Lion King pumpkin on instagram @avdoeswhat and I promised to put the directions up so here they are! You can create your own design the possibilities are endless!
1) Clean out your pumpkin: cut a hole in the bottom f the flesh inside is very thick, gently cut or scrape away any excess to about a 1-inch thickness.
You can use the contents for a healthy snack!
2) Get your supplies a pumpkin, a design, tape, dry erase markers, and carving tools I used wood carving tools and a hot knife but there are pumpkin carving kits available at your local craft store.
I use a measuring tape to create a “window” so I knew how much space I wanted to use for my scene this prevents me from creating a design to big or small.
You can also choose to draw directly on the pumpkin with dry erase markers to save time.
Using a thumbtack, straight pin, or wooden pick, poke holes about every 1/8; to ¼ inch along design lines on the edge you are supposed to cut. I used push pins to frame my window. Also, the design is color coded so I know what needs to be cut out.
Cut away the negative space along pierced lines. Cut in small pieces vs big chunks.
*Tip* Push your cut pieces “out” of the pumpkin vs “in” it helps perserve the structure of the pumpkin.
Everything doesn’t have to be cut out use your tool to scrape the pumpkin in the areas you want certain details to show. This technique creates different levels of light to shine through, pretty awesome.
If you are using a real candle to light your Jack O’ lantern some “chimney holes” at the top are a good idea.
Once you are done check out your handiwork and let your neighbors ooh and ahh when you put it outside.
If you are short on time you can paint your pumpkin and it can still be beautiful! No mess. I used this technique as well here are some pictures below.
Still using “The Lion King” theme.
Rub a coating of petroleum jelly on cut edges to hold in the moisture from soaking.
Doesn’t matter what you decide, carve or paint just have fun!