How to Carve the Perfect Pumpkin
Or rather, maybe..how not to? I must admit, I’ve never carved a pumpkin before. But getting into the spirit of all things autumnal, we decided we would give carving a go. After all, how hard could it be? Read that as, very. I was a little surprised by how much time and effort carving actually takes, so be prepared. There were some disasters, and mainly laughter. Even if they don’t quite work out how you planned your perfect carved pumpkin to be, it’s still all good fun.
We decided to buy a relatively large pumpkin each to give us a good surface area to work on. This meant that if we made mistakes (we did) they would be easier to correct than on something small. Or if like me you cut out the bit that you’re actually supposed to be keeping in, maybe not.
Pumpkin Carving Inspiration
I’m going to justify this by saying actually, Luke’s pumpkin was really good. Annoyingly so. Mine, not so much. But had I done things properly – here’s what I would have done. Start by picking out your perfect pumpkin. You can find them in almost every major supermarket these days, or if you’re close enough – why not make an afternoon of it and take yourself to a picking patch? The price for large pumpkins seemed to vary between £2-£4 depending on their size. Once you’ve picked out your pumpkin it’s time for some pre-carving preparation.
Decide on what you’re going to carve. I found Pinterest to be full of inspiration, or maybe other ones you’ve seen previously online. Once you’ve chosen what you’d like to carve, it might be handy to print it off to use as reference, or even as a template. This can be stuck onto the flat surface side with some sellotape to make it easy to cut around.
How We Should Have Carved a Pumpkin
Once you’re ready to carve begin by cutting angular down on the top to form a lid. This needs to be big enough for you to get the lid on and of, and a simple enough shape to cut from. After you’ve removed the lid you can begin to clean the insides. Get out any seeds and stringy-bits from inside to prevent any leakage when you’re carving.
You can choose to carve with any knifes or cutting tools you find best. Some tutorials even suggest the likes of power tools and drills, but I decided it was best to stay away with my previous fails there! Don’t rush things – it will only end badly. You’ll most likely end up cutting away the wrong pieces, like I did! If all else fails, make something else up as you go along, but just have fun with it. Find a tea light to light your pumpkin lantern and you’re all set! Happy Halloween.
Did you carve a pumpkin this year? Watch my vlog from our carving below to see where mine went so disastrously wrong!