DIY

Fun New Way To Carve A Pumpkin

IMG_6745It’s almost the scariest time of the year, which means it’s also almost time to carve a pumpkin with that perfect seasonal glow.  There are a few traditional ways to cut and carve a pumpkin, but here’s a unique new way to create some extra style on your door step this fall.

(H A P P Y   H A L L O W E E N)

Here’s what you will need:
One medium to large sized pumpkin
A carving or serrated knife
An electric screwdriver
3-4 drill bits with varying sizesIMG_6701
A spoon
A black marker
A large bowl
Cleaning towels (we recommend Pureclean™ Multipurpose Cloths)
A candle or tealight and lighter

Step 1: Prepare your space. Place a few Pureclean™ Multipurpose Cloths on the surface you plan to work on so that you can contain any fallen seeds, drippings or dropped pieces of pumpkin.

Step 2: Clean Your Pumpkin. Using your cloths, clean the outside of the pumpkin to make sure you have a clean and clear surface to work on.

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Step 3:  Cut off the crown. Cut a circular ring around the stem of the pumpkin, making sure that you cut through to the hollow center.   Sometimes, a serrated knife works best. Once the ring is complete, you should easily be able to remove the top of the pumpkin.   You can clean the top crown of the pumpkin off with a spoon, or by cutting off about 3/4 of an inch of the fruit’s meat and fibers.

6315E4DD-BCD7-4000-8303-8EC091B18E0CStep 4: Hollow out the pumpkin. Scoop out the seeds and interior pulp fibers of the pumpkin and place them in your bowl (later to be discarded).  You may want to also remove some of the interior flesh. Clearing out some of the interior wall will help to make your designs really glow once you add the lighting.

Step 5: Wash out your pumpkin. Now that the pumpkin is cleaned out, you can run the pumpkin under water to get any loose seeds or pulp strains out of the pumpkin.  Simply wipe off the outside of the pumpkin with your cloth when complete, as you will need a dry outside surface for the next step.

C87AE310-A9E6-4E47-8212-C688F20C980EStep 6: Choose your design.  Using a black marker, draw dots where you would like the pumpkin to show light.  Use those markers as a guideline to drill holes into the pumpkin. Be sure to drill all the way through to the hollow portion of the pumpkin so that light can shine through.  Get creative and choose different patterns and alternate different drill bit sizes for smaller or larger illumination holes.

Step 7: Final clean up. Drilling holes in the pumpkin can create a little bit of a mess.  Once you are finished, wash off your pumpkin again and dry it off completely.  You can also use your Pureclean™ Multipurpose Cloths to clean your drill bits.  When you are all done, wrap up the pumpkin IMG_6736debris in your cloths, and shake them out into a garbage bag. You can then toss all your Pureclean™ Multipurpose Cloths in the wash, as they are machine washer safe and reusable.

Step 8: Enjoy! Place your pumpkin outside, add a small candle or tealight inside of the pumpkin, light and replace the crown back on top of your masterpiece.  You can now enjoy your new stylish outdoor decor for Halloween.

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*Pureclean™ Multipurpose Cloths are the first multipurpose cleaning cloths with the bulk and softness of terry towels, yet with the hygienic level cleaning efficiency of enhanced microfiber. They can be found at most major retailers.

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