I’m not exactly a Halloween fanatic, but I do love pumpkin carving. There’s something very satisfying about getting down, dirty, and carving shapes into a big squash. Introducing my Halloween How To – Disney Pumpkin Carving!
I have been carving slightly more extravagant pumpkins since 2014, when my friend Sophie and I went to a pumpkin carving lesson with a professional pumpkin carver (no shame!). As fancy as it sounds, it really was quite easy.
First of all, you need a stencil.
I found this stencil here and simply traced it directly from my laptop screen. You then need another piece of paper, and go find a window or something to then retrace that back (or else your pattern will be back to front on your pumpkin!). Once you’ve got your final stencil all traced out, you need to get it on your pumpkin.
You will then need to go over the lines on your pumpkin until you’re happy that you can see them. The gaps in between the lines are where you need to cut the pumpkin out.
I’m sure many of you will have carved a pumpkin before so I won’t rattle on about the boring bit too much – you need to cut a hole in the top of your pumpkin, and scoop all the seeds and gunk out of the centre. To make your pumpkin last longer, you want to get rid of as much of the darker orange pulp as you can. I keep going until l’ve taken an even layer of the lighter orange flesh out.
I cut my pumpkin using a small kitchen knife. I found with this sntecil that a lot of the lines were quite thin, and I had myself quite a thick pumpkin! To ensure my carvings were going all the way through the flesh, I got a couple of kebab/skewer sticks (you could use a cake tester or anything similar) and, with one hand on the inside and one on the outside of the pumpkin, kind of pulled the stick along each cut out.
Have you made a Disney pumpkin this year? I’d love to see them, leave me a link in the comments.
If you’re interested in a couple of my other Disney pumpkins from years gone by: