Pumpkin Carving 2010

Over the weekend, we had a small pumpkin carving party, resulting in some awesome creations.  Wanna see?  Of course you do. 

The B monogram is for Bowe.  The faced pumpkins were created by my sister-in-law.  On the left, we have a mean, scary large pumpkin eating a smaller pumpkin.  Next to him, a frightened pumpkin vomiting at the cannibalistic tendencies of his neighbor. 

Next up, I created a few Martha-inspired pumpkins.  A very large (we’re talking 30 pounds!) pumpkin sports a wise owl against a full moon.

Another small pumpkin is rockin’ the faux bois. 

This is the first time I’ve tried scraping part of the front off, rather than carving completely through.  I’ve got to say, I like it.  We used wood carving tools and it was much easier than I anticipated. 

Now, on to the sad news.  We carved our pumpkins waaaaay too early.  They’re definitely looking sad.  I’ve had to skewer the B and the owl to prevent complete and total failure.  Curse you cold Montana weather!  Here they are in the daylight.

Yep, my poor owl has a skewer through his big brain. 

The B is leaning and floppy.  On the bright side, the faux bois pumpkin is still completely in tact.  So, that’s what we did this weekend.  Lesson learned the hard way, don’t carve pumpkins when cold weather is coming.  What are your favorite carved pumpkin designs?

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5 thoughts on “Pumpkin Carving 2010

  1. Here are some great tips for making your pumpkins last longer

    After you finish slicing your pumpkin, soak it for a few hours in a water and bleach bath. One teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. This will help firm the pumpkin and prevent mold.

    To stop your pumpkin from shriveling, dry it and then thoroughly apply vegetable oil or petroleum jelly to the inside of your carving.

    If your pumpkin does begin to shrivel, you can put it back into the water and bleach solution until it firms up again.

  2. Warm weather is worse- then they start to rot! We have had unseasonably warm weather lately and I am glad we didn’t get around to carving any of our pumpkins and that we didn’t buy them too early, because a lot of my neighbors’ pumpkins are rotting!

    1. Carolyn,

      Yeah, ours aren’t rotting, they’re just shriveling away to nothing. Shriveling like the B is non existent. Yeah, disappointment. Oh well. Next year we’ll carve two days before…

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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