Don’t you hate when you say, “Let’s carve a pumpkin!” The kids are excited, but by the end you are the only one scooping out entrails and wielding knives? I wanted to find a kid-friendly pumpkin carving method that my kids could actually accomplish (nearly alone).
I tested two “Pinterest” ways to carve a pumpkin.
Source: LifeHacker.com & Craft By Photo
Pumpkin Carving Pinterest Fail
One looked easy…but failed in real life application.
My nine-year-old struggled with hammering the cookie cutter in straight and eventually bent the flimsy metal.
Then, the cookie cutter got stuck because the skin of the pumpkin was thicker than the cookie cutter. I had to cut a piece out to “free” the cookie cutter.
I mean…I guess this isn’t a total failure but it was a lot harder than it looked on Pinterest (but isn’t everything?).
Even a 2-year-old can carve a pumpkin
So we opted for another Pinterest method which worked great and even the two-year-old could do it!
Tools for Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Carving
We used a drill and these lovely ladies below: (Pumpkin scooper and knife at Wal-Mart for .98 cents. Watch out! They have a kit for $3.98 and $5.98… but you don’t need it for basic carving)
Then we found the perfect pumpkin…no you won’t find one as nice as this. I had to move many pumpkins for this baby.
Preparation for Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Carving
We scooped out the “bird poop” as Naomi calls is. She wanted nothing to do with it. Look at her face!
We made sure there was no more grossness left.
Go to Work for Pumpkin Carving the Kid-Friendly WAY
Then, we went a-drilling!
Clean Off Pumpkin Carving Junk
Once it was all said and done, we washed that sucker clean.
Then, we dried it to shiny perfection.
Light it Up
After my house fire, we don’t do candles. So, we grabbed some Christmas Lights. And stuffed them inside.
Tip: Notice the hole we cut is on the bottom side. This is my favorite way to do it so that you don’t have that “lid” falling into the pumpkin scenario.
Enjoy Your Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Carving Masterpiece
Plug the lights in. Turn the porch light off. And voila!
Easy Clean-Up Tips for Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Carving
Don’t forget clean up. The drill was a bit dirty!
Tip: I used the bottom part of the baby bottle brush (the part used for cleaning the nipples) for cleaning the inside part of my drill. Worked perfect!