Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cookie Cutter Jack O Lantern {Easy Pumpkin Carving}

I'm awful at carving pumpkins, so I'm really excited at how great this project turned out. When it comes to pumpkin carving I really can't do anything freestyle.

All I can say is thank goodness they have Pumpkin Carving Kit's & Patterns. If my kids depended on me to draw something boy are they in for a surprise. 

This year instead of carving a ordinary pumpkin I wanted to try something a little different. A couple months back I saw a idea on Pinterest that looked really cool.  


 You take metal cookie cutters and hammer them into a pumpkin to make a Cookie Cutter Jack O Lantern.  A pretty clever idea if you ask me.
 

So, when Walmart asked us to share some of our pumpkin carving idea's, I knew just what I wanted to do.  
The kids and I headed to our local Walmart and purchased everything we needed. When the kids were choosing a pumpkin I was glad to see that Walmart carried locally grown pumpkins.
 
 The kids picked out two pretty good sized pumpkins for $3.88 each. This is so much cheaper than if we bought them at a Pumpkin Patch.  

We grabbed a Pumpkin Carving Kit priced at $5.97. It came with all the tools needed as well as a variety of pumpkin patterns if you wanted to do that instead. 

This project requires metal cookie cutters, so I picked up a Wilton 3 pack of Halloween Cookie Cutters for $3.97.

I found the cookie cutters in the holiday isle where the party supplies are found. As soon as we got  home the kids and I got started.


First carefully cut out a circle at the bottom of the pumpkin. Lift out the bottom and using the scraping tool remove all the seeds from the inside. (Save the seeds for roasting or planting).

Place a cookie cutter on any part of the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet. Keep tapping all around the cookie cutter until half of it has pierced the pumpkin's shell.
Using needle nose pliers remove the cookie cutter. It will take a couple times of pulling and wiggling to get the cookie cutter removed. 
 
Using the serrated saw from the pumpkin carving kit, follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, making sure to cut all the way through. I poked mine up and down all the way around the shape.

From the outside of the pumpkin, push in the pumpkin piece and discard. If the shell is really thick you may need to use a regular hammer to gently hammer the shape through. We chose a pumpkin, cat, skull and cross bones and a fall leaf. 

Continue hammering the cookie cutter shapes through the pumpkin until you have the desired amount of shapes. 

Place a candle inside of the pumpkin and display at dark. If you have some metal cookie cutters collecting dust, it's time to break them out for this fun project.

For more great pumpkin carving ideas check out my fellow Walmart Moms and their ideas.



Cookie Cutter Jack O Lantern

1 - Large Pumpkin
Assorted Metal Cookie Cutters

Rubber Mallet
Needle-nose pliers
 

Serrated saw tool & scraper from pumpkin carving kit
Candle


To start carefully cut out a circle at the bottom of your pumpkin. Lift out the bottom and using the scraping tool remove the seeds from the inside the pumpkin. (Save the seeds for roasting or planting)

Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet until half of the cookie cutter has pierced the pumpkin's shell.

Using needle nose pliers remove the cookie cutter. It will take a couple times of pulling to get the cutter out. 
 
Using the serrated saw from a pumpkin carving kit, follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, make sure to cut all the way through. I poked mine up and down around the shape.

From the outside of the pumpkin, push in the pumpkin piece and discard. If the shell is thick you may need to use a regular hammer to gently hammer the piece through. 

Place a candle inside your pumpkin and display at dark. 

Source:  Fresh Home Ideas




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