After I put a picture of this years pumpkin up on Snapchat and Facebook, a few people asked me to do a blog post explaining how to do it. I didn't take step-by-step pictures, but hopefully you'll be able to follow this.
First, a look at pumpkins from last year and the year before:
Last year, I did Zero (the dog) from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
In 2013, I attempted The Joker:
I wanted to do something for the kids this year - eldest still hasn't decided what he wants, but I went with Mickey and Minnie Mouse for the twins.
I was inspired by Corrina (she of CherrySue, Doin' The Do fame) to really try harder this year, she does amazing pumpkins (you can see them on her facebook page here). I googled and found a picture I liked, then printed it.
- Find a picture you like and print it out.
- Cut the top off your pumpkin and scoop out the middle.
- Wash and dry your pumpkin.
- Tape your picture to the pumpkin using strong tape (I used duct tape - is it duct tape or duck tape?! The silver one!)
- Take a tiny pumpkin carving tool and begin to 'trace' your picture. With this, I just went over every single bit of the picture with the smallest tool in a cheap pumpkin carving set. I've seen them in Dealz, Tesco, and most Euro shops.
- After that, it's a game of patience - just go slowly, apply more tape if you need to so that your design doesn't move, and take your time. I screwed up Minnie's mouth by going too fast!
- When your design is done, start to lift the skin off the areas where you want the light to shine through. Don't poke through to the inside.
- When you're done, test it with a tealight (I use a small LED torch from Dealz, it's safer around children). If the light's not coming through, gently pare away at the bare areas until you can see the light shine through.
It's painstaking if you're doing a large detailed design but it's so effective and it's not hard, it's just time consuming.
I wouldn't fancy trying to do it with a turnip, mind.
Have you carved a pumpkin yet? I love seeing what other people are doing, pumpkins are one of my favourite parts of Halloween.