Halloween Decorations 10 Pumpkin Decorating Tips

Halloween Decorations 10 Pumpkin Decorating Tips



Halloween Decorations: 10 Pumpkin​ Decorating Tips
One of​ the most popular images around Halloween time is​ the colorful orange Jack-o-Lantern face .​
There are endless possibilities when designing a​ Jack-o-Lantern .​
They can be scary, happy, sad, weird, angry, silly, human or​ animal like .​
People love looking at​ carved pumpkins, and​ they are often the centerpiece of​ outside Halloween decorations.
While carving a​ pumpkin​ is​ relatively simple, there are a​ few things to​ keep in​ mind while you​ are hunting for​ that perfect pumpkin​ for​ your​ display.
1) Look for​ carvable pumpkins that have a​ strong stem that is​ firmly attached .​
To check for​ ripeness, pick up the pumpkin​ and​ thump it​ a​ few times .​
you​ should hear a​ hollow sound, which lets you​ know this​ pumpkin​ will be easy to​ scoop out .​
The pumpkin’s surface should be smooth and​ free of​ blemishes and​ discolorations.
2) Be sure to​ always carry your​ pumpkin​ from the bottom .​
DO NOT carry it​ by the stem, because the stem may snap, which speeds up rotting.
3) Store your​ pumpkins in​ a​ cool, dry place .​
Heat and​ light speeds up rotting.
4) Before carving your​ pumpkin, wash it​ in​ a​ solution​ of​ 1 teaspoon​ of​ chlorine bleach and​ 1 gallon​ of​ water .​
this​ prevents mold.
5) Draw your​ pumpkin​ pattern on​ a​ piece of​ paper first, that way you​ can make easy revisions without damaging your​ prize pumpkin​ .​
if​ you​ can’t come up with your​ own design idea, you​ can always use ready made stencils or​ templates (these can be found online or​ inside a​ pumpkin​ carving kit) .​
Cut the pattern out and​ secure it​ on​ the pumpkin​ surface with masking tape .​
Use a​ carving knife (or poking tool) to​ create pinpricks, or​ marks, to​ score the design for​ you​ to​ use as​ a​ guide.
6) To cut the actual design out of​ the pumpkin, use a​ small serrated saw for​ best results .​
Carve with a​ back and​ forth sawing motion​ .​
Go slow .​
NEVER use a​ straight-edge razor, because this​ can damage the pumpkin​ and​ cause possible injuries.
7) Consider buying a​ pumpkin​ carving kit to​ save time .​
Pumpkin​ carving kits contain​ all the tools you’ll need to​ create great looking Jack-o-Lantern faces.
8) if​ the thought of​ carving a​ real pumpkin​ sounds messy or​ like too much of​ a​ hassle, you​ can opt to​ buy an​ acrylic craft pumpkin​ .​
These look pretty real and​ are easy to​ carve too .​
Best thing about these acrylic pumpkins is​ that you​ can reuse them year after year!
9) Once you’ve carved your​ traditional pumpkin​ face, think about mixing things up a​ little with some other interesting designs like: black cats, witches, ghosts, moon​ and​ stars, popular movie characters, or​ drilling holes in​ your​ pumpkin​ that form an​ unexpected pattern.
10) While one pumpkin​ on​ the porch or​ front yard is​ great, imagine how it​ will look if​ you​ use several small to​ medium sized pumpkins .​
Displaying several pumpkins together creates more drama for​ neighbors and​ trick-or-treaters.




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