Its that time of year again, Halloween! Everyone is out enjoy the fall colors, hot apple cider, and pumpkin patches. My wonderful boyfriend Trevor took me to the pumpkin patch not once, but twice! I love doing all the cliche holiday activities, this particular holiday involved attending the pumpkin patch, making our own cider (oh yes we did!), hay bale rides, and hale bale mazes!
So first thing in finding the perfect carving pumpkin is finding one that is 1/5th your size. Just kidding! Find one with a nice looking side that the stencil will sit nicely on. Now, if you’re like me, then you probably pick the pumpkin 1/5th your size instead of the nice looking, easy-to-apply-the-stencil-pumpkin. Not to worry, I have a solution for that and its coming right up!
Now my favorite part is scooping out the guts of the pumpkin and saving the seeds to roast later. The recipe will follow in a later post, it is compliments of Trevor’s momma! Here is my partially gutted and cut open pumpkin. Yours should look similar at this point too!
It was a pretty chilly Montana evening so we put gym towels and trash bags down on the kitchen floor to catch the mess. It worked out quite well! I began the task of attempting to attach a few stencils that came with our carving kit but none of them sat flat enough on my pumpkin to make it an easy task. Not only that, but who wants to saw away at a design with an itty-bitty pumpkin saw all night? Not this girl! Enter in my Ryobi 12 V drill and drill bit set. **You know you are a DIY country girl when your daddy buys you a drill for your 21st birthday a few years back ;)**
Unfortunately I cannot remember where I saw this trick, but I know its out there! (Maybe a magazine?) When the stencils were not fitting and causing me problems I decided to take matters into my own hands and use a power tool to carve, or drill, out my pumpkin while my poor man sat with a little pumpkin saw all night. For the vertical lines and larger flower designs I used a 3/16 drill bit, which is the largest one in my case. Next I when through and added smaller flowers in with the 1/8 drill bit.
Sadly I was having so much fun that by this point I forgot all about photographing my pumpkin and just kept drilling and drilling. BUT we do have the final project pictures and they are glowing beautifully on my deck! Since I have a wooden deck, and the wind likes to blow around in these parts, I opted to use battery operated tea lights versus real candle tea lights. The final touches on my pumpkin consisted of drilling in a “W” and a “’14” to remember this year.
Here are the two final pumpkins! I’m sure you can guess whose pumpkin is whose!
Can you spot the “W” and the “14” on my pumpkin?
And that is all she wrote about pumpkin drilling from 2014.