I bought 4 pumpkins this year envisioning how cute all of them would be sitting on our front porch, all-lite up with their cute triangle eyes and nose. That missing-lots-of-teeth sweet smile. Maybe I’d get super creative and use a stencil! Oh and of course I wouldn’t want to let all those pumpkin seeds go to waste. I would roast them! So I got to carving. But as I’m carving all I keep thinking is, “Wow, this is a lot harder than I remember” and “why does my wrist hurt so bad?” “How do I separate the seeds from this stringy mess?” “I have to carve 3 more of these!?”
Well needless to say I carved one without visiting the emergency room, as I was sure I might cut my hand open in the process. Oh and I threw away the seeds too. Who has the time!? Clearly not me or the patience. I have to reserve all that for my kids!
So the other three will not be getting carved this year. But that doesn’t mean I still can’t decorate them. I created an Anti-Carve Pinterest board . There’s a lot of great (and easier) options that don’t require too much exertion. In fact, you just might have what you need at home or in your craft kit .
Well needless to say I carved one without visiting the emergency room...
Washable markers or paint is a fun way to get the kids involved. If they don’t love their masterpiece or want to start fresh just wipe or wash the pumpkin and voila, they have a clean canvas.
Kitchen twine or yarn is great to make a fun looking spider web pumpkin. Mabel is in a Spiderman phase so she loved this one! I found these plastic spiders in the Halloween favor section of Party City.
In your first aid kit you might have some gauze . Just mummify your pumpkin. I added some googly eyes, painted on a smile and who doesn’t love eye brows?! And there you have it…
Are you carving this year or trying the anti-carve method? Is there a trick to carving pumpkins that I’m missing?
Hi Emma – just a quick note… We don’t celebrate Halloween anywhere near the extent that you do in the US (although I did buy some candy just in case someone knocked on our door) so I just wanted to say Happy Halloween – hope the girls have a great time – your anti-carve pumpkins look awesome! Wendy xx
Thank you!! Did you have to eat the candy or did you get some trick or treaters?
I’m doing the no carve idea from here on out!!