Pumpkin Carving: The Horror

It’s awful! Sticky, messy, a bit gross, and a lot harder than the internet would have you believe. The Boy announced he was too tired after approximately 12 seconds and left me in a mound of pumpkin innards. A truly unpleasant experience.

What you will need:pumpkin making tools

  • A Pumpkin
  • A bin or large bag nearby
  • A very large knife
  • A craft knife
  • A massive serrated knife
  • A spoon
  • An incredibly strong arm
  • Patients of a saint!

It is worth noting, until today I had never even picked up a pumpkin (a lot lighter than I’d imagined!) and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. You see them looking lovely and intricate all the time, online guides all say its “easy”… indeed!

Firstly, I washed it. This seemed a good start! I then drew a big face on it with a marker pen. Then I cut the top off with a big knife. This was my first clue that it wasn’t going to be easy, I cut quite close to the top, so I’d have more space to design my masterpiece. It was really really hard!

I was then greeted by this disgusting mess of stringy bits and seeds, all wet and sticky, the spoon didn’t really work, so I had to get my hands in. I don’t mind mess, but I’ve got a bit of a thing about touching slimy things, it was awful!

the inside of a pumpkin

I then had this lovely idea about creating some detail, and quite a funky mouth, using a sharp craft knife. It turned out the craft knife wasn’t long enough to fit through the pumpkin, so I tried to use a big knife to scrape more out of the middle, to an extent this worked, but it was taking a really long time. So instead I decided to sacrifice detail and delicacy (as I so often do) and hacked at it with a steak knife!

This was what we were left with!



My Petit Canard

  • I’d never carved a pumpkin until last year and I can see what you mean! If it wasn’t for my partner, I’d have been in horror too with a crap looking pumpkin by the end of it (not that yours looks crap) haha. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  • Awww it looks fab. I actually looked at the pumpkins in the supermarket, picked one up, went to put it in my trolly and then decided not to bother. I’m definitely not creative enough for that. I don’t like slimy things either haha 😂

    • donna

      It was horrible!!

      • Hahaha. I’m glad I didn’t attempt one then 😂😂😂

        • donna

          I’m still not entirely sure which bit you’re supposed to eat!

          • Oh yeah. I’ve never really thought about that before.. Somebody should provide a pumpkin carving service where they do whatever design you want and then bake you something with whatever parts are edible..?!?! 😂😂😂

          • donna

            That’s a great idea! I thought you just ate the middle. Then I cut it open n the middles all just stringy crap!