Carving a Jack-o-lantern isn’t an easy task. But every year you get better at it, and besides it’s a wonderful way to unleash your scary, creative side.
The past few years, I’ve resisted carving the now readily available faux pumpkins, as I couldn’t see the value. Well, last year our daughter carved the most fabulous pumpkin, but it was gone after a few short days. So the light bulb went on and I made a mental note to try a faux pumpkin this year, mainly because it could last forever and it allows you to work on your carving masterpiece over a period of days, not minutes, AND it is mess free.
I did some research on Google and decided on the “hot knife” method and ordered a Walnut Hollow Professional Hot Knife on-line for roughly $10.00.
Here are the few, very simple steps to carve your Jack-o-lantern masterpiece.
- Choose your theme, idea and stencil.
- Tape the stencil to the pumpkin, I use a heavy duty packaging tape, then using a sharpie, trace the outline of your stencil.
- While you’re doing the above steps, make sure your hot knife is heating up as the hotter the knife the better.
- Very slowly, start cutting. Don’t apply any pressure; just let the knife do the cutting.
- Embellish as you wish!