Halloween is only a few weeks away…pop into Bridgford Garden Centre near the end of the month and grab yourself a perfect pumpkin!
Here are a few hints on choosing your perfect pumpkin:
- Most pumpkins are suitable for carving, but we recommend that you choose one that’s evenly round, as this means you can be more flexible with your design.
- Choose a pumpkin with smooth skin and with few blemishes.
How to carve a pumpkin:
- Using a black marker, draw a circle that is 10 cm in diameter with the pumpkin stem in the middle.
- Using a sharp knife, cut out the circle and then gently pull away the top of the pumpkin – leave to one side as you’ll need later.
- Using a large spoon, remove all seeds and flesh (including any stringier bits).
- Once you have done this, scoop out any ragged parts of the pumpkin, making sure it is evenly hollow and the base is flat for any candles.
Carving out your design:
- Draw your design on A4 paper and place it over the front of the pumpkin to make sure it is the right size and you are happy with it.
- Cut out the paper shapes and stick them where you want them.
- Using your knife, make small cuts around the outside of the paper shapes.
- Start carving out your shapes, taking your time to cut out each shape.
- Once you are happy with your work, add you tea-lights, put the top back on (make sure all seeds are removed from this part) and enjoy your spooky jack ‘o lanterns.
We would love to see your scary pumpkins! Upload them onto our Facebook page and we’ll share them with all our followers!