October 18, 2012

How To Etch A Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I love everything about it, including pumpkin carving.  An alternative to carving is etching.  It's not as messy and your pumpkins will last longer.  Etching a  pumpkin also leaves you with a limitless choice of designs.

Halloween etched pumpkin

You can buy special tools to etch your pumpkin, or you can use the tip of a vegetable peeler, screwdriver, drill bit, nails and etc.  These are the basic steps to etching your Halloween pumpkin.
  1. Make sure your pumpkin is clean and dry.
  2. Decide on a design pattern.  Depending on your artistic abilities, you can freehand draw the pattern on your pumpkin  or use a stencil and trace it.
  3. Following your lines carve a trench 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch deep.
  4. After all is etched, wipe away any excess skin.
Check out the video below for further instructions.

Spiderman pumpkin
marthastewart.com via Deb on Pinterest

If you are really creative, you can do a combination of carving and etching. The traditional triangle eyes and one tooth grin carvings are a way of the past.

 We are going to the pumpkin patch this weekend.  We'll see what creations I come up with.  I'm sure I will post some pictures of the finished masterpiece.

Do you decorate a pumpkin for Halloween?   Please share your pumpkin ideas and tips in the comments.  Please decorate safely, you don't want to lose a finger.



Unknown said...

VERY cool! :) Love this post! We are so creatively challenged in our house. Lol!!

Unknown said...

Thanks Katie.

Kelly said...

Thank you for the post, it is wonderful.

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