I needed something to do tonight with Lillian. We had exhausted books, toys, crafts, and it is super
chilly outside. I looked around for something to do, and could find nothing. Then I talked to my dad, who asked if I had carved a pumpkin yet with Lillian. Why no, Dad, I haven’t. Stop making me feel bad, Super Dad!
Then it dawned on me- a pumpkin! Hey, I had one of those. I keenly remember asking my husband at the line in Whole Foods if I could “pretty please get a pumpkin?” He was trying to be smart, knowing from past experience the pumpkin would probably get neglected and then turn to mush. Well, he was wrong this time. I pulled out that pumpkin and decided to make craft time out of it.
I remember seeing on Pinterest a pumpkin that had been carved with a power tool. Easy enough. It was pretty, and I liked how simple it was.
I put a large trash bag on the floor and scooped out all of the seeds out of the pumpkin. I used a serrated and sharp knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin. It worked the best of all the knives. Then I tried multiple utensils to scoop out the messy inside. What worked best? The ice cream scoop!
A few minutes in, we had TONS of pumpkin innards on the trash bag. Lillian went crazy with them. I should have stopped her from sampling them, but instead I took pictures of her sour puss face. I couldn’t resist.
I recommend scooping out so much of the inside that the walls of the pumpkin get very thin. This ensure the light will come through well.
Then I pulled out our trusting power drill. I simply drilled holes where I pleased. It was EASY. You can do flowers, chevron, stripes, or bubbles.
I then took a tea light candle and put it inside. Lillian gasped and said, “oh wow”, when we lit it up and turned out the lights. It turned out very pretty, and I put almost no thought into it. If you actually try and make yours look nice, it should turn out better than this!
Plus, the men in your life will think you are pretty creative by using the power drill.