FUN Pumpkin Carving Ideas that are Kid Friendly!
Pumpkin Carving Ideas.
FUN and FRIENDLY!
It's always fun to get the kids involved in carving a pumpkin. I always get a set of tools and a fun pattern and dig in! There's something about getting messy and creating a work of art. Most importantly you're spending quality time with your kids which they'll remember their whole lives. Instead of the usual "scary" pumpkin carvings this year, try something creative, inventive, unique, fun and one of a kind!! There are tons of patterns out there and here is a good start for carving images that are rated "safe". These are especially great for little kids who don't need more scary images in their little minds. They are viewing all the scary stuff on tv, commercials, movies, books and then comes halloween. Now days it begins the first day of October.
Pick the right pumpkin!
The best pumpkin for carving is one with the flatest surface you can find. The flat part being big enough for your pattern with not too much curving.
1. Prepare your pattern
Tape your pattern to your pumpkin, making sure it's as flat as possible. Get a pin and poke holes all along the lines on your pattern.
2. Connect the Dots
Then remove the paper and connect the dots with a pen or marker. Make note which parts will be cut out and which will remain.
3. Start Carving
1 Select a fresh pumpkin. Some prefer their pumpkins low and round, while others like them tall and oval-shaped. If you already have a pattern remember it's shape when picking one out.
2 - Draw a circle or hexagon on top of the pumpkin, making an opening large enough for your hand to reach through.
3 - Cut through the stem end of the pumpkin along your outline with a sharp knife or carving tool. Use a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut through the thick skin. Remember to make it angled or the lid will fall right through.
4 - Remove the stem end, which will act as a lid, scrape off any pulp. I like to cut a small hole in the lid for heat escape.
5 - Use a large spoon to scoop out pulp from inside. Hold the spoon by its bowl to get extra leverage while scooping.
6 - Draw a pattern for the face on the clean pumpkin with a felt-tip pen, or punch dots into the skin using a sharp point or pin. Then connect the dots with a marker. Make sure shapes are large enough, it's hard to cut out tiny features. You can use transfer paper behind a pattern to draw your shape, just make sure it's transferring.
7 - Cut your pattern all the way through the skin of the pumpkin.
8 - Push the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces.
9 - Place a short candle inside the pumpkin to create a nice glow. (Or use a battery powered light.)
10 - You want to add Vaseline to preserve the pumpkin inside and out.
Little Pumpkin House
After cutting out the door and windows, we found small twigs and hot glued them together. Notice we also made a bridge to the door! My inspiration for this house comes from: tinyfroglet.
Black Cat with Ears and Tail
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Pumpkin Carving with Tools
Dremel Circles Pumpkin Carve
A painted pumpkin (pearl), dremel cut circles, sharpie marker.
Pumpkin House - Made for Fairies?
Big Pumpkin Eats Little Pumpkin
Country Living Pumpkin Decor
Drill tool can make circles, you can vary the sizes or pattern.
Various Pumpkin Patterns
Extreme Pumpkins II
Pumpkin Carving and Party 101
Free Pattern: Three Crosses
What it will look like glowing (not the actual pattern).
For more christian pumpkin patterns click: Bible Patterns. Jesus and Child; Noah's Ark; Jesus Face, Flying Dove, Christian Fish Symbol and Cross, (complicated) Last Supper, Nativity and more.
For free christian pumpkin patterns: pumpkinlady she also calls them Harvest Party patterns. Example: word "Angels" with wings, Scripture like "Isaiah 40:31", "JC", "Jesus", "John 3:16", Jonah and the Whale and so much more!! See them!
The Pumpkin Gospel - Book for Kids
"God's love is like a candle that shines from inside out. It's beaming deep within me, and so I now can shout. To glow like my big pumpkin and have a nice clean heart, ask God to please forgive you. You'll have a brand new start."
Kid Friendly Carving
Hamburger Pumpkin Seeds Fries Coke.
Besides buying some fries and an empty cup with a straw, you'll need a nice pumpkin. You just lay the pumpkin on it's side and cut into three slices, with the middle slice being around 1-2 inches thick. You may want to slice a small layer off the the bottom layer for it to sit down flat and not wobble. "Glue" a few pumpkin seeds to the top for a sesame seed bun. Get large lettuce leaves and a tomato to slice up. You could use real hamburger for meat or be creative if it must sit for a long period of time and you don't want to attract flies or animals, then get something non-edible for a replacement.
Pixar Kids Pumpkin Patterns
Variety of Pumpkin Themes (Video)
Bob the Tomato - Cute Veggie Tale Character
Fun and Unique Pumpkin Patterns
- Inspirational & Religious Halloween Pumpkin Patterns | PumpkinGlow.com
Halloween doesn't have to be scary, and you can start the trend with jack-o-lanterns that prove your faith in Jesus. Choose your design; download it as a PDF.
- Traditional Pumpkin Carving Ideas DIY Network
The experts at DIYNetwork.com share traditional and easy-to-create pumpkin carving ideas for Halloween.
- Pumpkin Carving and Patterns for Halloween
Pumpkin Carving Patterns for Halloween Jack O' Lanterns
- Basic Carving
Learn the basic carving rules
I loved these pumpkins, such great ideas! We have all the pumpkin carving tips to help you create a cool carved pumpkin to grab everyone's attention for Halloween.
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