Pumpkin carving can be one of the best social activities during this time of year, as long as you’re not competitive when it comes to designing them. While I stick to the normal triangle eyes and nose, and a zig zag smile, some of my friends can get pretty creative. They’ve been known to create goblins, extravagant tree scenes and more. Here are the top nine designs to consider practicing this year, at least in my opinion. I thought I’d share them with you in case you needed inspiration for this year. Just click the links for photos!
- Starry Night. Someone submitted a pumpkin that aimed for the stars to Southern Living. Their inspiration was “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh.
- Use More than One Pumpkin. I don’t know why, but I never thought to use two pumpkins. Jack looks a little more intimidating if you do use more than one pumpkin.
- It’s quilly out there. Get your holiday lights out from their storage containers. On Martha Stewart’s website, someone suggested the great idea of a pumpkin porcupine using the holiday lights. It’s pretty neat.
- Make a witch’s landing pad. Where do witches live? On boo avenue. Check out this great idea from bhg.com.
- The headless horseman. Guess what? There’s even a template on this design from hgtv.com, so try it out yourself!
- Carve a sculpture on a giant pumpkin. Each year, Salem County in New Jersey holds a Giant Pumpkin Carve. Some of the designs got a little extravagant.
- Favorite movie characters. This Old House hosts a Pumpkin Carving contest too. Check out some of the editors’ favorite designs throughout the years, including one of Dorothy, Toto and the Wicked Witch.
- Pumpkin version of angry birds. While Good Housekeeping had several unique ideas for pumpkin designs, one of my favorites was a pair of birds.
- Create a fiery feel. Country Living had a great idea if you have a fireplace. Check out this photo of the “flaming pumpkins” and step-by-step directions.
As a bonus, below are some pumpkins picking and storage tips to hopefully make your jack-o-lantern last a little bit longer:
- Choose a clean, no soft-spotted pumpkin.
- The richer the color the better.
- Hold the pumpkin in your hand to make sure it feels heavy and the weight is pretty evenly distributed. If it feels slightly hollow, choose a different pumpkin.
- You might be tempted to place your pumpkins in a storage container if you plan to keep them for next Halloween, but really all you need to do is store them in a cool, dry place.
- Try to avoid direct sunlight.
- Use lemon juice and water to coat the cuts in your pumpkin, which will help ward off mold.
- Petroleum jelly can also be used to coat the cuts.