It is this time of year we are allowed to play with our food! And what better way than to make a scary carved pumpkin head. Its roots are said to be Irish and began with turnips, follow the tutorial to help keep the ghosts and Stingy Jack away!

To Make:

  • 1 Large Pumpkin
  • Download pumpkin face template pumpkin face 1 pumpkin face 2 pumpkin face 3
  • Printer (to print out your downloaded template)
  • Scissors
  • Large Pins
  • Felt pen
  • 1 Sharp paring knife
  • 1 Tablespoon
  • Containers (one for pumpkin seeds / one for pumpkin flesh)

Pumpkin head carving

Carving the pumpkin:

  • The first step is to choose the right pumpkin, choose the biggest one as it is easier to carve a face onto a bigger surface.
  • The large pumpkin will also supply more pumpkin flesh for your halloween pumpkin soup.
  • Like the soup tutorial the important items you will need are a sharp paring knife and strong tablespoon.
  • The knife is to cut the top off the pumpkin. This must be done  slowly and carefully, working your way around, making sure you are cutting away from your fingers.
  • Once the top is off, use the spoon to scrap out the seeds and the loose fibres until you can feel the flesh of the pumpkin.
  • I always use the spoon to scrap away the flesh, never use a knife inside the pumpkin as it may slip. A spoon will never cut your finger!
  • Keep scraping until you get down to about 1.5 cm from the outside, this will give a good width for your pumpkin carving.
  • Remember to make sure you have a flat bottom inside the pumpkin to hold the candles steady.

Pumpkin head carving

Carving the face:

  • Choose which face you want and print it out on A4, reduce the scale if you have chosen a smaller pumpkin.
  • After you have printed your chosen face you will need a pair of scissors to cut out the face features from the paper.
  • Pin the face features onto the pumpkin.
  • Draw around the printed features and remove the template.
  • With your sharp paring knife slowly cut around the outlines, always keep your fingers behind the knife blade.

Tip: you don’t need to cut the whole way through on the first round, cut half way and then right through on the second or third time around.

  • Don’t worry if the outline is not straight, you can clean up the lines after the shape has been removed.
  • Add one or two tea lights depending on how bright you want the light to be, wait until dark, light the candles and enjoy keeping those ghosts away!

Scary pumpkin carving

Tina & Missy

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