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How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween planning skills that are second nature to our friends in America are ones we have to learn over here in Oz. Halloween is relatively newly popular in Australia, so we wanted to give you some of the basics for creating your own piece of Halloween at your home this October right here at Pink Frosting Parties.
Here are our basic tips on carving your own Halloween Pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern.
- Source the right pumpkins - look for orange skinned pumpkins that have a flat bottom. Other features that will help you create a better carved pumpkin include smooth contours in the skin and healthy stems.
- Source the right pumpkin carving tools - the items you'll want to have on hand to carve your own Jack-O-Lantern are newspapers or other materials to cover the surface you will carve on, a large bowl for the scraps and seeds, several knives that are sharp in different sizes, spoons and ladels in different sizes. Many people like using a keyhole saw or even an electric carving knife to cut through the skin.
- Completely clean the outside of the pumpkin - using soap and water, thoroughly clean the skin and stem of the pumpkin and let it dry before you move on to carving.
- Make the base level before you start - if you have a wonky pumpkin, slice the base evenly so it stands still and stable.
- Cut the lid - the basic rule is to slice at an angle so the outside of the lid is bigger than the inside. This way the lid will simply snug on top rather than slipping inside the pumpkin.
- Clean out the pumpkin's inside - using sturdy spoons and ladle the remnants into a large bowl. You want to keep cleaning until the border right around the pumpkin is about 3cm thick.
- Cut the design into the pumpkin - now is the time to get creative! Start with a basic face design which includes two eyes, a nose and mouth and you might like to graduate to making different face expressions and including smaller features such as eyebrows in your pumpkins. Just remember to leave room between the features so the pumpkin is still sturdy and held together. You don't want your work of art to collapse!
- Once completed, oil the pumpkin - to help protect the pumpkin from wrinkling and sagging with age (don't we all), coast the cut surfaces and inside with a thin layer or oil or Vaseline.
- Insert tealight candles, small votives or LED lights inside - to light your pumpkins, simply add a candle to the inside, light and close the lid. You might like to use an LED instead of a naked flame if you have small children at your party or if you are concerned about flammability of the candles.
- Display your pumpkins in the dark - they look amazing lighting the path to your Halloween party or around the perimeter of your venue.
Australia's leading online party shop has a fun range of Halloween party supplies, decorations and invitations to help you create your very own Halloween party right here in Australia.
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