Pumpkin Carving Fun – Start of a Family Tradition
I received the pumpkin carving kit from Vita for Home in exchange for writing an honest review on the blog. As always all opinion are 100% my own.
I remember carving my first pumpkin when I was in college. I was so excited because I had never even had a pumpkin before for Halloween, never mind cutting into one. Not knowing what I was doing, I took a kitchen knife and stabbed at the pumpkin, almost cutting one of my fingers off. And that was the last time I carved a pumpkin…until today.
As a mom, I feel an obligation to expose my kids to all the fun traditions of the holidays. Alex has reached an age where he has started noticing that our neighbors have carved pumpkins on their porches as well as other Halloween decorations up. Meanwhile, our porch lays bare, barren of any semblance of many kids’ favorite holiday. So, this year, I vowed to start a family tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween!
First things first – I am not going to attempt this pumpkin carving with kitchen knives again. Therefore, I got a pumpkin carving kit that contains the necessary tools to make this endeavor a success. This kit contains a small carving saw, a scoop, and an etching tool.
Then I scoured the internet for templates but could not find anything to my liking. I didn’t want to go with just a generic happy face or a spider, wolf, cat, or any other bugs/animals. After a couple of hours of brainstorming, a light went on! Why not carve something that characterizes motherhood? The idea stuck in my head and I was determined to carve the pumpkins and arrange them in a way that would represent a day in the life of…well…me!
I started with my biggest pumpkin, which is not a big pumpkin at all. It’s probably the size of a kid’s soccer ball. I drew on the pumpkin with a pencil first because I was afraid that I would mess up, and then I retraced what I drew with a permanent marker. I drew on the pumpkin before I scooped out the inside because I wanted to make sure that I liked what I drew before I made all the effort to take the inside out. Not very confident in my freehand drawing skills, for a good reason!
After making sure I was satisfied with my drawing, I drew a circle around the stem and used the carving saw to take out the top. Make sure you carve at a 45° angle so that the top can be replaced without falling into the pumpkin.
Then I used the scoop to clean out seeds and pulp. The sharp edges are great to scrape out the fibers of the pulp away from the walls, which makes it a much more efficient tool than using just a simple spoon. Alex jumped right in and tried to help scoop out the inside. However, in usual toddler fashion, he got bored after a few minutes and Zoe took over. I was happy to have them try out the scoop (with careful supervision) and get their hands dirty with this Halloween tradition. In no time, I had a hollow pumpkin to work with. Don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack!
For the eyeballs, my husband used a drill to create the holes. Then I used the carving saw to create the eyes, the mouth, and the sweat drop. The saw was easy to use, and the size of the blade allowed me to painlessly carve out even the smaller shapes like the sweat drop. I can’t imagine ever using anything else again to carve pumpkins!
After finishing the “mom” pumpkin, which now has the expression I have on my face about 80% of the day, I moved on to the smaller, “kid” pumpkins. I used these baby pumpkins for the pumpkin washing activity before, and I am glad to report that they survived and were in good enough shape to be carved. The “older brother” pumpkin that represented my son was easy to carve, though it was too small for the scoop so I had to use a spoon instead.
The “younger sister” pumpkin was tougher to work with because the type and size of the pumpkin made the wall actually thicker than the “older brother” pumpkin. Therefore, I had to use some muscles to saw through the wall. But no fear! I persevered despite the difficulties!
Voila! There you have it…my take on motherhood. If you have not read any of my #sorryzoe posts yet, check them out and you will understand why I carved the pumpkins the way I did. Let’s just say that sibling love can be…sometimes a little painful. I played with the arrangements of the pumpkins to try and get the best depiction of what siblinghood is like at my house.
In the end, the pumpkins are not carved perfectly, and there is definitely room for improvement. However, they are a perfect depiction of my imperfect life as a mom of two toddlers. What better way to kick off this pumpkin carving tradition in this family?
And now, for a healthy snack…pumpkin seeds! Yum!
Vita For Home is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest! The prize is a $200 Amazon Gift Card. To participate, follow the directions below:
- Must be a pumpkin (of course!)
- All entries must either be published to Instagram with @VitaForHome tagged and hashtags:
- OR the contestant can email their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The winner will be announced on November 20th so contestants will have time to participate even after Halloween.
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What are you doing with your pumpkins?