Pumpkin Carving Ideas
It has come to my attention that I have had a very limited view of pumpkin carving. I have always gone the traditional route, using a kitchen knife and a large spoon for all my jack-o-lantern jobs. I have since done some research and discovered that there are a great many more ways to not only carve a pumpkin but to light a pumpkin. While the classic glowing grin from a pumpkin is great, it might be fun to try something new and completely out of the box this year.
Consider, if you will the possibility of using an X-Acto precision knife to add finer details into whatever design you are creating. With such a tool you could carve intricate, three-dimensional images into the flesh of the pumpkin. Don’t forget to scrape off the interior layer of the pumpkin to allow more light to shine through and show the details of your carving.
If you can’t draw a straight line to save yourself, try using cookie cutters like a heart or a bat shape, to make an out-of-the-box jack-o-lantern. Another tool you might try, a hand drill. Perhaps this sounds like overkill to you, but think about the time you could save yourself. Drill a pattern into the pumpkin and light it up.
To light your pumpkin, you can also go outside the typical options by using a battery powered tealight candle or a glow-stick. These both work well if you are at all worried about fire hazards. In conjunction with the drill idea, try sticking twinkle lights in the holes you’ve drilled in your pumpkin. Make sure to create a hole large enough to put the plug through at the bottom of the pumpkin. This way you don’t ruin the effect with a cord sticking out of the lid.
Better Homes and Gardens has a marvelous variety of carving ideas that will get your pumpkin carving creativity going. If you need a pattern to follow, check out the HGTV’s free pumpkin carving patterns. Hint: use a pin or thumbtack to create the outline of the pattern on the pumpkin.
No Carving Required
If you would like to avoid the mess of carving and pumpkin guts, Better Homes and Gardens also has some great, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. You and your kids may find more creative satisfaction in this alternative pumpkin tradition.
While you are decorating your pumpkins, you should to know about the Teal Pumpkin Project. Read up and help kids with food allergies to have a great Halloween this year.
There you have it, a selection of awesome alternative pumpkin carving ideas. I hope one of these strike your fancy. Have a fun a safe Halloween!
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Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Get your home ready with these spooky Halloween decoration ideas
One of the funnest holidays of the year, Halloween is not just a time to collect candy and dress up in costume. This is an occasion to turn your home into a setting that’s perfect for the holiday. The decorations on the outside of your home will set the stage for your Halloween and make your home unique and exciting.
Classic Outdoor Halloween Decorations To Create a Fun Atmosphere
Whether you would like to go ‘all-out creepy mode’ with ghosts, zombies and grave dwellers or create a more ‘classic Halloween décor’ with witches, pumpkin and bats, we have put together some ideas that are sure to make your Halloween the talk of the town.
Spooky Lighted Halloween Signs
Nothing says, “The best Halloween is going on in here” like a big, lit-up, spooky Halloween sign! The wicked, evil looking sign is a Halloween decoration that is sure to set the scene that this house know how to do Halloween right. To magnify the effect, add in some creepy looking birds and a fog light and you’ll get the ultimate ‘wicked’ Halloween look for your home this year.
Set up a Halloween Graveyard
Setting up a graveyard is one of the best ways to create the classic Halloween effect. Pieces of Styrofoam can be used to create tombstones. For a creepier look, carve RIP and write names into each tombstone.
Additional effects can be created by spotlights. To make the graves look fresh, take some dirt and shape it in the form of a grave that looks fresh. Arrange some fake bones and leaves and you’ve got yourself a real looking graveyard.
The Trees and ghosts with glowing eyes
Do you have trees in your backyard? If yes, you can kick up the spooky factor a bit by dressing up your trees making use of mannequin heads and ropes. To create the creepy effect, you can use the sheets to cover the mannequin heads and hoist the ghosts up the tree. To create glowing eyes, take a fluorescent paper, cut it in the form of eyes and paste these onto the white sheets.
The Walkway – Light it up!
If you have a long walkway to the front door, you can light up the space with creative, lighted Halloween signs and pumpkins. The look is simple to create. Take some plain paper bags, write some scary Halloween sayings on these bags and add a light inside the bag to intensify the effect. Or keep it simple and light the walkway with orange mini LED lights.
Don’t forget the door. A simple flower wreath with dried or black flowers can be used to decorate the door. Add some fake spiders on the door knob and give your entry the abandoned house look.
Bottom Line – Turn your home into a setting perfect for the holiday
The ideas discussed in the article are not only going to add a fun element to your home, they are going to make your Halloween a little more entertaining, and thus, unforgettable – a unique and offbeat idea can offer an interesting atmosphere and loads of fun.
Perhaps nothing says “Halloween” better than the season’s iconic pumpkin. Jack-o-lantern carvings have long adorned the front porches of neighborhood homes across the country, but the traditional crescent smiles and triangle eyes of years gone by are now being upgraded for more festive displays.
Spice up your Halloween with some of this season’s most creative pumpkin ideas!
1) Painted Pumpkin
2) Monogrammed Pumpkin
4) Sour Pumpkin
5) Pumpkin in Fishnets
6) It-grew-legs! Pumpkin
7) Twirly-eyed Pumpkin
9) Topiary House Number Pumpkins
10) Bedazzled Pumpkins
12) Shake-the-glitter Pumpkins
Lights on Halloween night are vital for attracting Trick or Treators. While leaving on the porch light works well enough, you can add character and flair to your yard with these lighting ideas. They are sure to conjure the Halloween spirit and turn your house into a beacon for candy seeking ghosts and ghouls.
- Cute Halloween Lights: You can make these yourself using white Holiday Lights, small paper cups, and scrapbook paper.
Use strands of orange and purple lights to make “Witchy Broomstick” decorations. Here’s a video on how:
- Don’t forget about Jack O’ Lanterns! If you don’t want to risk a fire hazard by lighting candles, you can use battery illuminated “candles” as a safe alternative (plus, they won’t go out!)
- Black lights coupled with a smoke machine and creepy music will turn walking across your yard into an adventure. Be sure to complement your lighting with decorations such as fake spider webs, plastic skeletons, and tombstones to really give your visitors goose bumps.
- Halloween lights shaped like pumpkins, ghosts, and spiders can be easily found at Halloween stores or on-line. Hang strands of these on your porch, wrap them around trees, or use them to line your walkway.
- Texture projectors will cast everything they illuminate in an eerie glow. Like the black lights, this will greatly enhance the scare factor of your Halloween props.
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