Ghosts, vampires, witches, pumpkins and other spooky costumes will all be out for Halloween on October 31st. The opportunity to decorate your interior with (fake) cobwebs, cauldrons filled with candy, dripping candles and, above all, candle-filled pumpkins, the famous “jack-o’-lanterns”. To carve a pumpkin like an expert, follow our typically Anglo-Saxon DIY, to make in two strokes of a pot spoon to amaze young and old.
Cutting a pumpkin: the right utensils
We choose a pumpkin if we want a small round candle holder, a pumpkin if we prefer classic lanterns, or a butternut squash if originality is our credo. But apart from a beautiful squash and a good knife, the most important thing when you want to make this mythical candle holder is to be patient. Yes, a beautiful pumpkin does not empty in the blink of an eye!
Steps to carving a pumpkin
After having cut a nice cover on the top of his squash, we dig the flesh with a spoon and we scoop until the edge of the squash is of a uniform thickness. That’s most of the work! Then next step, we draw on the pumpkin the design we want to achieve. Everything is allowed here: a grin worthy of a Tim Burton movie or the cat from “Alice in Wonderland”; a friendly face so as not to frighten children who have come to claim their “trick or treat” (“a candy or a sort” in French); dripping teeth or a gaping hole to make room for vampire dentures, etc. We can also get around the tradition and simply draw a ghost or a bat. Then, we dig with a knife following the drawing. With a big black marker, you can improve your creation and add details that are too delicate to dig, such as eyelashes, a spider’s web, a skull … Good to know: it is better to cut large enough holes , so that the light diffuses properly and that the candle has enough air to burn. When everything is ready, we slip a candle inside. To avoid accidents and have an original rendering, we replace the classic candle by an electric candle which changes color automatically. We finish by replacing the cover in its place. Happy Halloween!
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