Every holiday comes too fast for me. I feel like I never get to do all that I want with the girls before it is over. This year I wanted to let them choose what they wanted on their pumpkins.
I picked up some pretty good pumpkins at our grocery store (Harris Teeter). They were pretty big and they were 2/$10.00 – I didn’t have to pay by the pound.
We let the girls pick what they wanted on their pumpkin. My five month old obviously couldn’t pick, so husband just drew and carved (see middle pumpkin). My four year old wanted Hello Kitty and my two year old wanted Dora. I’d say they turned out pretty good.
In case you’re wondering, we did the obvious (obvious that we never thought to do before) and googled “Dora pumpkin stencil”. It took my husband to the Nick Jr. site that has a TON of characters. He also just googled “Hello Kitty pumpkin stencil” and Ella chose the one she liked best.
Here’s Ella with her stencil:
What you need for the stencil is:
- pumpkin carver, my neighbor let us borrow her electric one.
- Big spoon for all the guts
- stencil of your choice
- lots of tape
- candle (I used votive ones)
After we carved them, we noticed a lot of light wasn’t shining through, so I had to go back and kind of thin out the inside lining of the pumpkin and make the lines a little wider. I’m not sure if all pumpkins are really thick, but ours seemed to be.
I will say that it was pretty tedious, but I was really happy with how cute they turned out. In the end, husband and I did all the work, while these two ran around and looked cute.
This was a no brainer pic.
Here’s a close-up!
About Dana Patterson
I'm an energetic SAHM of two fun little girls! It's never a dull moment with kids 21 months apart. I love life and enjoy cooking, working out and just hanging with my family.