Every year I’m late with my pumpkin and autumn posts, but I like to take time to reflect! And hey, I’m not yet talking Christmas. Here’s my easy way to pimp your pumpkins and create pumpkin art with Sharpies.
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N was looking forward to having a pumpkin, so I agreed again we would carve one. We chose a medium sized one this year – much easier to lug around and it was really quick to carve out.
Last year, I bought a poundshop carving kit which was rubbish. Then I used N’s kiddycutter knife which was brilliant, except I was a little tough on it and broke it. Oops. This year I’d planned to buy a really good kit, but in the end forgot about it, so ended up buying another cheap one from Home Bargains for 89p. It was brilliant. Much better than last years. In fact I wish I’d bought a couple.
I really wanted to do a cool design on the pumpkin but N wanted a face again. I say it every year, but next year I will buy 2 pumpkins, one for him and one for me.
N drew the face he wanted – half with a smile and half an angry grimace, so we got scraping out the insides, drawing on, pricking the outline and then cutting out. While I was carving, N was enjoying separating out the seeds from the straggly insides.
Once it was done, I then couldn’t find my LED tea lights, so we didn’t actually have it lit…oh, and we carved it too early so by the 30th October it was already going furry and was turfed outside. Yuck.
Luckily, on a shopping trip, I’d let N choose a couple of munchkin pumpkins, the little mini ones. There was no way I was attempting to carve those, so N got the paints out while I got out the Sharpies.
Unfortunately, kids paints don’t really dry on pumpkins, so N decided he wanted to wipe the paint off and use my Sharpies. They’re the way to go for pumpkin decorating because they just dry there and then. And the colours still show the same. With a white pumpkin you’d have more choice of colours, but ours worked fine.
We just did random things, but next year, I shall pimp my pumpkins and plan my designs in advance.
We might not have had a lit up pumpkin this year, but our little munchkin pumpkins did the job to make it feel a bit halloween-y.
How do you decorate your pumpkins?
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