Our family isn’t big on “doing Halloween,” but there are a few Halloween-esque traditions we enjoy, and pumpkin carving is one of them! This year, we got several pumpkin carving kits from Pumpkin Masters to try to take our pumpkin carving to “the next level.”
In the past, we’ve managed fairly crude (and non-kid friendly) pumpkin carvings thanks to the help of our handy-dandy kitchen knife. This year, however, the kids were able to get in on the fun (somewhat) thanks to the easier and safer pumpkin carving option of kid-friendly pumpkin carving kits from Pumpkin Masters.
David’s Pumpkin: kid-friendly carving kit
David chose a skeleton/pirate head for his pumpkin. We taped on the design, and he helped me trace it with the crayon provided in the kit (I loved that Pumpkin Masters included the crayon!). After his design was traced onto his pumpkin, David was able to use the carving tool to carve along the dotted lines.
After a few tries, he decided that Mommy was better at carving and handing it over to me to finish.
Even though he didn’t carve his pumpkin all by himself, he was pretty proud of the finished product and couldn’t wait to put in the Pumpkin Masters’ strobe LED light when it finally got dark!
Jenny’s Pumpkin: surface carving kit
Jenny decided she wanted to try out surface carving this year, so she selected a “Kitty” pattern from the Pumpkin Masters Surface Carving Kit. We taped on the pattern and used the perforation tool to trace the design onto the pumpkin. Once we had the design outlined, Jenny was able to use the surface carving tool to follow the dotted lines and carve her design.
We were a little bit bummed that the pumpkin she chose was too thick for the surface carving to allow light to show through, but she was still pretty pleased with the finished design that could be seen during daylight hours.
My Pumpkin: punches carving kit
I had never seen a punching carving kit before, so I was excited to try it out. I loved being able to create my own unique design or have the choice to follow a pattern provided by Pumpkin Masters. Being a “creative type,” I opted for creating my own design, and I went to work on a flower garden.
Unfortunately, like Jenny, I had chosen a pumpkin that was too thick, and the punching process was difficult, even if the final result was really neat looking!
Watch us carve pumpkins
We did mini-video updates throughout the entire Pumpkin Masters pumpkin carving process. Both of the kids even took a turn shooting some video of our pumpkin carving fun!
[if you can’t see the video, click here: Pumpkin Carving with Pumpkin Masters]
Are you carving pumpkins this year?
We definitely recommend buying Pumpkin Masters carving kits (available at your local grocery, drug, or craft store, and nationally at Target and Walmart) – and buying pumpkins grown specifically for carving!
Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.