2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Do you have a special way to carve a pumpkin?
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2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby shanda » Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:55 pm

I need some new ideas for pumpkins. I have had vomiting pumpkins, pumpkins giving birth, pumpkins with tragic head injuries, and random faces. I need some new ideas.

My favorite from 2008 was a mouse house. My dd carved a door and a window. We made doors and shutters form sticks glued together. We found little felt mice to position in the doorway and on top. Great end result. She won $20 in a contest with it.

If you know of any good sites please post & share!!!
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby jadewik » Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:56 pm

Sounds like you do less traditional pumpkins...
Last year, someone at work did one that was a farting scarecrow.

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Unfortunately, that's all the non-traditional ideas I have. I do a lot of sculpting with pumpkins... but I don't even have any ideas for what to carve this year... not yet, anyway.

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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby shanda » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:15 am

I have never been able to sculpt a pumpkin. Yours looks great! What tool do you use? I can never get mine to look good with a light inside. They are always too thick. I am not able to get the demension in the faces either. I need more practice I think. The scarecrow is a fun idea. I have a 13 year old son who will think it is perfect!!! Thanks!
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby jadewik » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:47 pm

My husband bought me some wood carving chisels at a hobby store. You could use any sort of wood gouge and it'd work. I've also seen a lot of professionals use the speedball tile cutters or clay sculpting tools.

I use the Pumpkin Masters scoopers to scrape the insides thinner AFTER sculpting a pumpkin. Just have-at the thicker areas and leave the thinner ones alone. You should go no more than 1/4" thick. I wouldn't do less than that or you risk breaking through.

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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby shanda » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:55 am

Thanks!! I planted a small pumpkin patch in my back yard so I hope to have a few of my own to cut. I have one about 12'' now. We have had so much rain here, that I don't know if they will make it.
I have a little electric saw that I love. I can't cut the small details with it though. I need to practice more at the sculpting. I love the demension and depth. I like to see people who see a Jack o' lantern as more than a smile with a candle.
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby Samhain » Fri Jul 17, 2009 7:25 am

Jackolanterns are one of the most important parts of Halloween.
Unfortunately, I suck at carving them.
That might be overstating things a bit, but I'm definitely no artist.
My brother, however, is great at growing pumpkins.
Check this out.
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby jadewik » Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:20 pm

Nice!

I don't know what I'd do with that much pumpkin-- it'd take me FOREVER to carve! But that's so awesome!

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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby Samhain » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:18 am

jadewik wrote:Nice!

I don't know what I'd do with that much pumpkin-- it'd take me FOREVER to carve! But that's so awesome!

Yeah, I've never tried to carve on of those. I'd need a chainsaw. My brother enters contests with them in early October, though. After that, he lets me use them as outdoor decorations in my front yard.
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby shanda » Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:19 pm

That is great. I only have one pumpkin on my vine and it is about 12'' across now. We have had so much rain here it prob won't make it.

I was given a pumpkin that big one year. I painted a cool face on it because I didn't want it to rot to quickly. It was stolen off of my porch a couple of days before Halloween. Criminals!!!

I found a few great ideas on extremepumpkins.com. They have the best ideas. Very creative!!!
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby NeverMore » Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:12 pm

Here are some I carved a few years back for the entrance to our party.
They were supposed to be stacked together in a scene but by the time
I showed up to the party in costume I just said whatever.


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Got this idea from a magazine.
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Nobody ever said you could only carve pumpkins! Throw a few gourds in.
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Here they are at the party site. Should have been stacked together.
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby adrian » Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:50 pm

this year i'm going to try and cut out good ole michael myers into one of my large pumpkins
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby BlkAsH » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:37 am

Very cool idea NeverMore. I hadn't thought to carve out several pumpkins for a Halloween "party is here" sign. I might try to borrow this for mine this year if I have enough time to make them. I'd like to do some kind of version of the flaming pumpkins one year as well.


Here are a couple of the better one's I've carved in previous years.
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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby spooktacular » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:10 am

I'm thinking about carving the Gosselins this year - lol

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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby Andybev01 » Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:28 pm

spooktacular wrote:I'm thinking about carving the Gosselins this year - lol



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Re: 2009 Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Postby adrian » Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:55 am

BlkAsH wrote:Very cool idea NeverMore. I hadn't thought to carve out several pumpkins for a Halloween "party is here" sign. I might try to borrow this for mine this year if I have enough time to make them. I'd like to do some kind of version of the flaming pumpkins one year as well.


Here are a couple of the better one's I've carved in previous years.
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i love these :) the top one is my favorite :)
Last night 'twas witching Hallowe'en
Dearest; an apple russet- brown
I pared, and thrice above my crown
Whirled the long skin; they watched in keen;
I flung it far; they laughed and cried me shame
Dearest, there lay the letter of your name!


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