For parents and kids, pumpkin carving templates can take the load off the guess-work, and mess from creating a prize-winning jack-o-lantern for Halloween. Â Many activities get in full-swing during the holiday season, and pumpkins are a big part of it. Â But how does one begin, locate an award-winning pumpkin, and find the necessary templates and stencils this Halloween season?
The following will provide tips on how to begin, work safely, and a link on where to find free pumpkin carving templates and stencils.
Pumpkin carving: Â Step-by-step for beginners by Lima Ohio:
- Buy a pumpkin: Â Try your local farmer's market as they tend to have the best prices this season. Â Another option is to find an organic market such as Whole Foods Market. Â There, you can get free pumpkin carving templates and buy a jack-o-lantern of various species, and growers that offer sustainable products.
- Using a Dremel Tool, a hand saw, or steak knife, carefully cut out the lid, and include a little hole or notch in the lid. Â This ensures that the lid goes back the same way.
- Remove the core of the pumpkin: Â Using a thin big metal spoon, scoop out the insides, including the seeds. Â You may want to retain the seeds for dry-roasting for inclusion in your favorite recipe or as a snack like sun-flower seeds.
- Using a pumpkin carving template, trace your desired pattern. Â Here are some great ideas and stencils from Better Homes and Garden. Â You can use a pen or pencil to trace your pumpkin carving template, or use a tool that allows you to create dots for a connect-the-dots project.
- Begin the carving, again, using a small power tool like the Dremel type, a compact hand saw, or steak knife. Â The idea is to do it safely using gloves, if necessary and a pair of safety glasses or goggles.
- Dress up your pumpkin using your own creative imagination.
- Have fun this Halloween.
Halloween can be a very festive time of the year even before trick-or-treating begins. The free pumpkin carving templates at the above link are sure to usher in the season, and you may even be the big prize-winner on your block or in the competition.
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