Five on Friday: Jack-o-Lantern

Happy almost Halloween!  This weekend Greg and I have plans to carve our pumpkins which has become a tradition with us (five years strong!) and it got me thinking about ideas for this year’s pumpkin.  Traditionally Greg does something elaborate which has a 50/50 success rate and I carve something in about 30 minutes because I’m tired of having my hands in all the pumpkin guts.

As much fun as it is to pick out a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, we’ve learned its much cheaper to get a pumpkin at the grocery store.  This week I bought two 25 pound pumpkins for $10.  Unlike last year’s $20 cinderalla pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.


So today’s Five on Friday are pumpkin carving tips and tricks . . . enjoy!


1. Puppy Templates


Our wonderful wedding photographer (and pet photographer) sent me this link of dog breed pumpkin carving templates and about 30 seconds after seeing it, Greg printed it out and declared it his pumpkin design.  If you dog mad like my hubster, go find your breed and have fun.

2. More Templates


Now if puppy’s aren’t your thing, this site offers a ton of different templates for you to choose from.  I just might have to go with a Disney template.

3. Cookie Cutter


Or maybe you want to use something from the kitchen like a cookie cutter.  Here are some instructions for using a cookie cutter to decorate your pumpkin.  Plus you get to use tools!

4. Pumpkin Carving Tips


Let’s face it, there is always room for improvement with carving pumpkins and this site offers some nifty tips to all you carvers.  Did you know that spraying the inside with hair spray helps increase it’s life?

5. Now go have fun!



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