I have never carved a pumpkin before. I have never decorated for Halloween before.
In the Netherlands we didn't celebrate Halloween, so i didn't grow up with the festivities. And even though i've now been living in New York for over 7 years, i haven't once put up a pumpkin or any scary type skeletons, ghosts or other monsters as fall decorations.
What's happening now must be some kind of nesting syndrome. This year i found myself grabbing a few mini pumpkins at the farmers market. I recently had a baby, and my husband and i purchased our first home. Naturally i must nest and decorate.
Loving pumpkin soup, i do know how to pick a good pumpkin. It needs to look healthy, no bruises and have a sturdy stem on top. Push on the stem. If you can push it up and down in the pumpkin, leave it, it's not fresh anymore. When choosing a pumpkin to decorate with, it makes sense to pick one with a nice shape. I tapped the shells a little, listening, thinking if it sounded a bit hollow the walls probably wouldn't be as thick. But these are mini pumpkins, how thick would the walls really be?
I'm not the first one to come up with the idea to use a drill to decorate a pumpkin, but this is the first time that i, me personally, am actually "carving" a pumpkin. They might not be perfect, but i like them well enough to share with you how i did it.
How to carve mini pumpkins with a drill
You will need:
- Mini Pumpkins
- Washi Tape (or painters tape) (optional)
- Sharpie marker (optional)
- (Dremel) Drill and drill bits
- Sharp Knife and Spoon
- (LED) votive candle.
I started by marking dots on a pumpkin using a Sharpie. Almost stopped after this step, since i kinda liked the look of them already. In an understated kind of way.
But no, i was planning on doing some pumpkin carving, so i would carve. Or better said drill.
You could skip this step and freestyle your way through the drilling part.
Washi tape comes in handy when dots need to placed along a straight line. Easy to stick on, easy to remove.
Next, carve the lids off with a sharp knife and scoop out the insides. I kept the seeds to toast, and the flesh for Baby O. He loves his pumpkin!
Now get the powertools out! Or in my case my Dremel drill. Place the drill bit against the side of the pumpkin over your marked dot and drill through to the inside of the pumpkin.
Use different sized drill bits for a variation of hole sizes.
Wipe the pumpkin clean with a tissue. And your work area. And your face.
Yes, be warned, there will be some pumpkin debris flying around.
Put the stem lids back on to display as they are, or put in a (LED) votive candle to have them light up in all their dotted pumpkin glory!