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Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Pumpkin Carving Tips
Where to find free pumpkin carving patterns
Pumpkin carving is a great Halloween activity for children and adults alike. Carvings can range from simple jack o' lanterns to intricately detailed faces and images.
Many sites that offer pumpkin carving patterns and stencils try to entice you with one or two free patterns, and then want you to pay to purchase additional patterns or subscribe to a membership in order to gain access to more stencils. But there are still many websites that offer a decent amount of pumpkin carving stencils for free and immediate download.
The Pumpkin Lady—http://www.pumpkinlady.com
The Pumpkin Lady website offers numerous pumpkin carving stencils for free, ranging from traditional Halloween patterns to more whimsical or alternative patterns, such as animals and seashells. The patterns here of a more basic nature, and should be rather easy for children or novices. The Pumpkin Lady website also offers helpful tips on cleaning and carving your pumpkin, and if you feel so inclined, you can purchase software for your PC that will allow you to create your own Jack O' Lantern patterns.
The Pumpkin Wizard—http://www.carvingpumpkins.com/
For pumpkin carving stencils that are more advanced, you'll want to visit The Pumpkin Wizard. Offering a large selection of free patterns in categories such as Halloween, Patriotic, Sports, Celebrities, and more, The Pumpkin Wizard is a great resource for pumpkin carving tools and kits as well. Additionally, on The Pumpkin Wizard website, you'll find a wealth of information on how to carve and light your pumpkin, and information on making your own patterns.
You'll find another large selection of pumpkin carving patterns available for free download, in categories such as Animals, Cartoons, Special Occasions, and much more. The patterns here range from basic to advanced. You can also purchase additional accessories, such as a book entitled Secrets of Creative Pumpkin and Watermelon Carving, and pumpkin carving tools.
Pumpkin Carving 101—http://www.pumpkincarving101.com/
Head here for a comprehensive pumpkin carving site that offers a lot of detailed information, as well as some free pumpkin carving stencils. You'll find information on the history of pumpkin carving, carving tips and tricks, methods of lighting your pumpkin, and much more. This is a very useful site for any pumpkin carving enthusiast.
Carve Pumpkins Like a Professional!
Product Review: The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit
During the Halloween holiday season, you can find a large number of pumpkin carving kits and tools available in stores and online. But my recent purchase of the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit and my subsequent tryout of the product has led me to believe that it is the best pumpkin carving kit currently on the market.
The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit is the perfect item for novices or professional pumpkin carvers, as the product is nicely compact, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. Most retail stores carry the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit for about $25-30.
Pros of the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit
- 6-volt tool runs on 4 AA batteries
- Capable of operating at two speeds; 7,000RPM and 14,000RPM
- Packaged with an 1/8" diameter high-speed cutter
This cutter and the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit differs from typical pumpkin carving tools in that it is designed not to cut all the way through the pumpkin, but rather to strip away layers of pumpkin flesh in order to allow varying degrees of light to shine through the pumpkin, creating a more beautiful presentation and a professional look. A wrench is also included.
The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit also comes with an assortment of 10 pumpkin carving patterns and templates, and detailed instructions.
Cons of the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit
- The higher speed was too fast for a soft pumpkin
- This is not a tool for very fine detail work.
- It would have been nice if other tools or attachments were included with the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit
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How to Preserve a Carved Pumpkin
It is a shame that many carved pumpkins must be thrown out shortly after the carving has been completed. The reason for this is because the moisture that helps to preserve the pumpkins in their natural state has dried up, and depending upon your environment, your carved pumpkins usually can only last anywhere from a day to a week after a carving.
But with these tips and ideas on how to preserve your pumpkins so that they last much longer, you'll be able to proudly point to your pumpkin with a smile on your face, perhaps mimicking the leering grin of your pumpkin smiling back.
1. Petroleum Jelly—The first and most common way you can preserve your carved pumpkin is to use petroleum jelly to rub the insides and the carved section of your pumpkin. Vegetable oil can also be substituted for petroleum jelly. Make sure to wipe away any excess if you plan on placing a candle into the pumpkin.
The petroleum jelly helps to seal in the pumpkin's moisture, thus retaining its shape and preventing the onset of mold and decay. Additionally, try to keep your carved pumpkins out of the sunlight, and in a relatively dry place.
2. Pumpkin Bath—Another method is to preserve your pumpkins in what is called a pumpkin bath. By soaking your pumpkins in a container of water each day or night, you can extend the life of your carved pumpkins.
3. Pumpkin Fresh—This liquid comes in a spray bottle for easy application to pumpkins. Guaranteed to combat mold and decay, Pumpkin Fresh is non-toxic and biodegradable. The spray should be applied daily in order to give your pumpkins maximum life expectancy, approximately two weeks, depending on their environment.