Now I am all about decorating my yard and house from September 15 to the end of the year. Beginning of course with Autumn and ending with Christmas. But, there is just something special about being able to bring out all of the oranges, browns and yellows from September until Thanksgiving- I mean look how long you can leave it out and all you have to do is switch out a few carved faces of the jack o' lanterns for a few human ones of the Pilgrims and a few black cats for turkeys!
If the flesh inside is very thick, gently cut or scrape away any excess to about a 1-inch thickness.
Templates use negative space to create designs. You will cut away the dark areas.
Tape desired template to the "front" of your upright pumpkin. If you have trouble making it fit, cut small slits in edges of template paper to ease it around the curved surface.
Using a thumbtack, straight pin, or wooden pick, poke holes about every 1/8; to ¼ inch along design lines on the edge you are supposed to cut.
Carefully remove template. Save the pattern to use as a guide.
Cut away the negative space along pierced lines.
If a piece breaks or is cut in error, use wooden picks to secure it back into the design.
To preserve a cut pumpkin, place "front" side down in a tub of cold water. Let pumpkin float and slowly fill with water. Soak up to 8 hours or overnight. You may add a tiny bit of liquid bleach to water to prevent mold. Immediately dry pumpkin when removed from water.
Rub a coating of petroleum jelly on cut edges to hold in the moisture from soaking.
And for the ones who don't want to get their hands all ooey and gooey like Mrs. Priss, check out these easy no-carve pumpkins at Real Simple-these are simply amazing!
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