After today’s Mizzou game, we decided to carve a couple of the pumpkins that we had been using as decor outside our front door. Well, that is until the squirrels started eating them.
Apparently in Ohio, squirrels eat pumpkins. I mean, all out eating huge holes to the center, eating. The most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. I honestly didn’t believe our neighbor when she said that they would eat our pumpkins and later learned she covered hers with Vaseline to keep the bushy tailed crazies away.
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Two of our five pumpkins hadn’t been nibbled so we rescued them for our impromptu carving party. I had several Pumpkin Masters carving kits out for the girls to be able to pick out their own design. I had seen the kits at several stores in the last few weeks and was excited to finally put them to use. But first…
The seeds had to come out! Definitely daddy’s job every year, although this year, I suggested we approach things a bit differently after seeing it on the back of one of the carving kits. Instead of cutting around the stem and the top of the pumpkin to remove the seeds, we cut a hole in the bottom. Genius! I would also like to note that this was the only carving that we did that utilized a kitchen knife.
I loved the idea of this kit – instead of cutting to the center of the pumpkin to create your design, you carve only the surface. Clever! Although the directions didn’t note to remove the seeds, we decided to go ahead and do it so that we were able to illuminate our complete design.
Everything you need comes in the kit. I tore out Camryn’s desired design – not shocking it was an owl – and used some washi tape from my scrapbooking stash to tape it to the pumpkin.
Andy then used a rotary tool to trace the outlines of the design. This was something that I would’ve felt comfortable with Camryn attempting as well as there are were no sharp tools involved.
After some surface carving with the enclosed tool of the kit, this was the end result. Love it! This is where I’ll also admit that any designs requiring intricate work are always for Daddy to help with. I’ve found that when you’re a surgeon, you tend to be a better pumpkin carver.
Leighton chose this kitty design from another kit. Much more my speed. It’s not that I’m a horrible pumpkin carver, it’s that I’m a perfectionist and pumpkin carving usually frustrates me to no end.
This kit made it easy! After tearing the page out of the kit, I taped it to Leighton’s pumpkin with washi tape.
She then used the included crayon to color in the dots of the design to transfer it to the pumpkin. The perfect job for a three year old.
This kit was marketed as a Children’s Kit and was perfect as the designs also had coordinating eyes to make the design even more appealing. How cute is our kitty?
The carved pumpkins look great but then with the addition of the Xtreme Strobe lights they looked amazing! The lights are battery operated and so much safer than using candles. I love this option so that we can leave our pumpkins “on” when we go trick-or-treating but don’t have to worry about fire safety.
So glad that Andy and Camryn removed the seeds to put a light inside of their surface carved design as well. I put the multi-colored Xtreme Strobe light in this one and it gave it such a spooky glow!
We had such a great time together this afternoon making our designs come to life. I have plenty of other designs in our kits and two additional pumpkins calling my name to transform them into something spectacular! Maybe tomorrow?
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.