Did you know the U.S. produces 1.5 billion pounds of
pumpkins each year? While some of them have likely been stymied by summer
rains, there’s still tons of pumpkins to pluck from grocery stores, farmer’s
markets and nurseries this time of year. When it comes to selecting a stellar
squash, it’s time to get picky.
Carve it up!
A classic jack-o-lantern is a hand-carved masterpiece. For
this crafty endeavor, you’ll want to first consider your ideal outcome. Do you
wanna carve a face or a more complex pattern? Pick a pumpkin that suits the
size of the pattern you have in mind. You’ll want one that has at least one
smooth (for a squash) surface that’ll make carving a li’l bit easier.
If you’re getting creative, expand your search to deformed
gourds and more peculiar pumpkins with bumps and bruises. Lay them on their
sides and have them “vomit” pumpkin seeds, or go for an original concept.
Paint on parade
If you’re gonna be snagging a painter’s palette when you get
this sucker home, be on the lookout for shape and texture. The more bumps and
grooves your pumpkin has, the more difficult it will be to paint. For a
traditional look, go for a uniformly round one that has a flat surface on the
bottom so it will sit straight. If you wanna go more out of the box, take bumps
into consideration and work them into your design. Also think about the color
of your pumpkin: some are darker orange while others approach a ghostly white.
Give the pumpkin a good scrubbing before you paint, and dry
the skin completely. Acrylic paints will adhere the best.
On itty bitties
Is there anything cuter than a teeny pumpkin? You can carve
or paint them in a jiffy, illuminating them with a tiny votive candle or a
gargantuan grin. Grab a few to brighten up your bedroom and leave them plain if
you like, or pretty them up with a dunk in glitter or glow-in-the-dark paint.
How are you decorating your pumpkin this year, girlies?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN halloween, boredom buster, get outside, fall, fall fun, pick the perfect pumpkin