Halloween has been my favorite holiday ever since I can remember. I usually spend the whole month decorating, watching scary movies, and doing Halloween- esque activities to get me in the spirit. One thing I can’t believe I haven’t done since grade school is carve a pumpkin! So when I saw carving pumpkins on sale for $5 at my local grocery store, I decided to give it a whirl, and it actually wasn’t as bad as I remember from all those years ago.
Hi. I’m Blonde Side Style and I am a DIY-ing, Halloween, and cat enthusiast.
Not too shabby, eh? Ok so let me break it down for you guys.
A carving pumpkin
A knife with a serrated edge (that seems to work best!)
A big spoon (for scooping out the “guts”)
Ruler (optional, but for perfectionists like me, necessary)
I started by outlining the top so I could cut it out. You should cut around the top with the knife at an angle so that the top won’t fall straight through when you put it back on. Once the top is removed you can take a large spoon, or your hands if you would rather to remove the guts (seeds, stringy matter) from the pumpkin.
You will get a big pile of mush like so, and if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can clean the pumpkin seeds and drizzle olive oil and salt over them and bake in the oven…I however, was not feeling that adventurous. If you’re into gardening, you can also try planting leftover seeds.
I free handed my cat design, but you can buy/print stencils and get as creative as you want. I drew the design on with permanent market and cut along the outlines to get my finished pumpkin.
I popped a battery operated tea light in mine, instead of a candle to light it up at night.
Now I’m ready for Halloween!