We’re so fly here at Ruby Makes, that Ruby has emailed in this week’s make from her half term break with her cousins! So, staying on topic with our Halloween themed month, we present…
Ruby and Amy used a pumpkin carving kit, that came with carving tools and templates for pumpkin faces. If you can’t get hold of one of these, fret not,
You Will Need:
A tealight or small candle
- First cut a lid out of the top part of your pumpkin and put it to one side.
- Scoop out the seeds and flesh with a spoon.
- If you are using a template, secure it firmly to the pumpkin and use a tool or skewer or the tip of a knife to prick along the lines of the template. If you are going free hand, simply draw your design directly on to the pumpkin with a pen.
- Then, again using a tool or a knife, cut out your shapes.
- When you’ve finished carving, put your lit candle or tealight inside and replace the lid. Congratulations, you’re done!
As a rule, we only trick or treat on people who have pumpkins or Halloween decorations on display. Carved pumpkins were originally used for Harvest celebrations before they became a Halloween icon. In England, Scotland and Ireland vegetables like turnips and swedes were used, but immigrants to North America found the pumpkin more suitable and available. The first recorded use of a carved pumpkin lantern for Halloween is 1866.
We’d love to see how your pumpkins turn out!