Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

I was browsing around online looking for some new ideas for Halloween costumes and decorations for around the house when I came across these pumpkin carving ideas  on the Country Living Magazine website.  They have 29 pages with great ideas.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

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How clever are these lantern pumpkins with a lantern painted on the outside and cutouts to show the glow of the candle?  And I love the Trick or Treat display complete with cornstalks and crows.  I had a terrible time finding cornstalks last year.  Hope I get lucky finding them this year. 

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Now this pumpkin looks like someone used an etching tool on it.    I love the crescent moon on the second pumpkin here.  I think it would take a hammer and maybe a thin metal tube or pipe to make this one after tracing the shape of a crescent moon onto the pumpkin.

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Now I wonder how they secured these pumpkins to the tree branches?  And I still like the idea of painting a pumpkin white and then painting a scary silhouette on it.   The spider web with a spider is a cute idea.  Not really into zebra though.

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I love how they did the tree silhouette through the bookshelves on this one.   And they recommended this “Speedball” Linoleum Cutter set for all your carving and pumpkin etching needs.  I have never heard of a tool like this but the best thing about it is the price.  They said it sells for around $10.00.  I’ll be looking for it next time I hit Home Depot or Lowe’s .

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And finally, how creepy is this?!  Is this putting you in the mood for Halloween?    I held off posting this till today.  I mean it is October 1st and all.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I am already thinking up ideas for this year’s costume party.  How about you?  Do you dress up?  What was your favorite costume?

7 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

I would love to see Halloween at your house. You would definitely put me to shame. The best I did was carve jack-o-lanterns when the kids were little. These ideas are great and your photos are wonderful!

Sewconsult said...

What great ideas. I would only be able to do something like that if I had a stencil or something to trace. I had to have a Speedball set in college (40 yrs ago) for an art ed class. We had to carve our own linoleum tile stamp. It was a pain and I was afraid that I would gouge myself before the project was over. Wonder if I still have the set?
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

simplysandi said...

I love all these ideas !

Lori said...

Country Living had some cute pumpkins that were modpaged with scrapbook paper (I think) to look like wallpaper...I didn't get to read the article (waiting room magazine) I am going to have to buy the magazine. I love Fall!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Those were fun to look at! If you haven't seen Debbie's (confessionsofaplatedddict@blogspot.com) take on Country Living pumpkins, you might enjoy that, too. Linda

Susan said...

These pictures are gorgeous!! That's it, I'm off to get some pumpkins today!

marilyn scott said...

Awww these pumpkins look so wonderful! I wish I could carve and create something like those... I'd love to feature these creations in my list of pumpkin carving ideas if you won't mind?

Cheers