Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Custom Pumpkin Carving

So Last month (exactly actually) I posted a tutorial on how to make your own custom pumpkin carving template, using any of your own personal photos or what ever your imagination could come up with. :)
Well I finally got time to carve my pumpkins! So here is a little mini tutorial and mostly show off of my pumpkins.. though they are not the greatest, this being my first time actually attempting my idea! Maybe next year will be better! Anywho... they still look cool, and are fun and a little bit creepy (according to the hubs) but it is for Halloween... so I guess it works! :)

 1. Pumpkins (as many as you plan on carving)
2. Your Custom Templates printed out (I printed mine 5x7 size)
3. Carving tools
4. Scissors 
5. Tape
6. Tac or Needle

I actually bought some craft pumpkins at Micheal's
(These things are kind of expensive! Good thing I got them on sale for only $4 each!)
I knew that if I did a good job on these I would get all sentimental and hate throwing them away.. but also who wants to keep a rotting pumpkin, right! SO yeah.. had to get these carve-able craft pumpkins!
 So Just like you would do for a regular pumpkin, you carve a hole in the top
(or bottom as some people prefer, but I prefer top!)
Cut at an angle, to make sure that once cut it wont fall through, but stay on top like a lid. :)
 Separate :)
 Now you will take your template, paper, and you will want to make a few cuts around it, so that when youre adjusting it onto your pumpkin it will wrap around as smooth as possible.
 Of course.. it still wont be THAT smooth.. but the slits help!
 Once youre template is affixed to your pumpkin, then start stabbing around the black parts with your thumb tac.

 Little Mister, excited to see his face on the pumpkin! :)
 Now I have completely stabbed my way around all of the black parts of the template. And you can see I exaggerated his eyes a little. I did that because I knew it would be a little tough to carve out.
 Carefully pull the tape and template away.. its nice if you keep it in tact.. so that you can look at it for reference as you are carving! :) Now you can see the dotted outline of your picture.
 Carefully start carving..(there are instructions on the tool package if youre new to this and need tips)
make sure to push your scraps inward inside the pumpkin. Do this until you have completely carved out all the dotted lines.
 And here is my first one completed. Bruce Jr:
 Second completed, Zander:
 And lastly, Kiah:
 I do recomend, that if you are doing several pumpkins, you give yourself a good long break in between! I carved these one after another.. and my hard/wrist was very sore. Made it a little harder to do the smaller details.. and I had a hard time and messed up on Kiahs eyes. :( 
But all in all, im happy with them. It was neat for my first time doing this.  Here they are all together:
 And with a little light shining through. I will buy some electric tea lights from the dollar tree tomorrow to put in them. And I know they will look great all glowing!
 And here they are by our fire place, where Im pretty sure they will stay. I dont want to risk them getting messed up outside! And besides.. we dont usually get trick or treat-ers since we live way off road and no one really knows there is a house here. LOL So they will look great inside for my fall decor, and for family and friends and other visitors to enjoy.

*hehe* They make me smile. Im very happy with how they turned out! What do you think? And did any of you try out your own custom pumpkin? If so please leave a link, Id love to see how yours turned out!! 

Definitely gonna be linking up... so be sure to check out these great parties!



  1. Those are really cool! My kids would love to see their faces on a pumpkin. Thanks for linking up to TOO Cute Tuesday!

  2. Maria these are so awesome you did an excellent job i love it. Im so glad you did the ones you can keep. I bet the kids are proud and excited!!! love ya Mom

  3. NO WAY!!! What a cool idea and they turned out fabulous!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Your blog and your kiddos are adorable :)

    xoxo -ashley


  5. This is a great idea. I love personalized projects

  6. LOVE THIS!!! I am featuring it on Thrilling Thursday this week. Feel free to stop by and grab an "I Thrilled on Thursday" button if you would like :) Hope to see you again at the party this week!

    ~ Lori S.

  7. I tried it and I loved it! look how cool it turned out!

  8. I read your post on how to create a template and loved it and was so glad to see a link to the finished ones! I think it is such a great idea to use fake pumpkins so you can keep them! So cute! I am a new follower!

  9. This is awesome. I am featuring this at Grab my "featured" button.

  10. Hahaha I enjoyed browsing for these awesome Pumpkin Carving Ideas. I hope it’s fine with you that I could pin them on my Pinterest board. I’m so sure my followers would be happy to see these interesting photos. Keep sharing! :D


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