After some trial and error, we came up with some tips that will help you with your pumpkin carving. Choose which ones work best for you and your family!
Tip 1: Use a disposable tablecloth.
Go to the dollar store and purchase one (or two). For $1-$2 you can keep your table, floor and chairs mess free. It is super simple to clean up too. When children are helping to scoop out the insides but decide that the floor is more suitable than the bowl you have provided for it's final resting place, all you have to do is fold up the tablecloth and you have a clean floor!
Tip 2: Use the Pumpkin Masters scooper.
"This thing is pretty sweet," says my husband as we are cleaning out the pumpkin guts. In the past we have used a spoon. That didn't work out so well because the larger the spoon, the longer the handle so the harder it was to scoop from the inside. This time we tried this small scooper and it worked amazingly! And for a guy who likes his tools, this is a pretty high honor.
Tip 3: Use stickers or contact paper as your cutting guide.
If you have a stencil you love, or find online, trace it onto contact paper and cut it out. Then stick the contact paper to your pumpkin and carve.
If you want to try something new, use the Pumpkin Masters Kids Quick Sticker & Carve. That is what we used. There were different options for eyes, noses and mouths which allowed us to design our own creation. We went through the book and let our daughter choose which eyes, nose and mouth our pumpkin would have. Our daughter was even able to help us put them onto the pumpkin. This allowed her to have an active part in our pumpkin carving.
Tip 4: Use the Pumpkin Masters Kid-kit knife.
We have used the Pumpkin Masters knives in the past. They are great because they are so much safer than using a kitchen knife. But this one that came in the Kid Sticker & Carve Kit was a new level of awesome. It was longer than others so even an adult hand fit better on it. This made cutting with it so much easier.
Tip 5: Use stickers to decorate your pumpkins.
This year, no carve pumpkins are all the rage. Why not let your little one create their own masterpiece with stickers. We used the Pumpkin Masters Kids Sticker Kit. She picked out which ones she wanted, we started peeling the sticker, she peeled the rest and placed her stickers. The only ones we showed her where to place were the hands. And we have so many more stickers for her to use. You could even use them for carving!
One thing that we realized is that we could use these stickers to decorate the back of the pumpkin! We stick our pumpkins on the windowsill in our kitchen and this is a great way to have a decorated pumpkin on our side, while still having the pumpkin carving facing the street.
Bonus Tip: Use electric tea lights.
Whether you buy some at the dollar store or get these Pumpkin Masters Flickering Lights, it is way safer than a candle. Especially if you are like us and keep the pumpkins in the house on a window sill.
I was going to have a great picture for you with the tealight flickering inside of our awesomely carved pumpkins. But not so funny story: I went to open our pumpkin to put the tealights inside and we had a not so awesome science experiment growing inside. At first I thought it was a giant spider web - boy was I wrong. After only 2 days of a fall heat wave, our pumpkins were full of disgusting mold! And from reading at My Science Project, there really is no great way to preserve pumpkins. Thankfully, we have tons more stencil stickers and our handy dandy scooper and knife to try again with more pumpkins - just not more than 1-2 days before Halloween.
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Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post by Pumpkin Masters. All opinions, tips and designs are my own.