Witchy Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin carving is a big thing at our house. We have a plastic bin of pumpkin carving tools, patterns, scrapers, information about carving techniques and mallets for putting in light spikes.

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The first step is to buy your pumpkin.


Next pick out a pattern or template for tracing onto the pumpkin. Using a copier, adjust the size of the template by enlarging or reducing to better fit the size of your pumpkin.


Tape the template to your pumpkin and use a puncture tool to mark the lines to make a guide for cutting or scraping the design.


When the outlining is finished, take off the template and use the scraping or cutting tool to achieve the design. Some designs require cutting out chunks of the pumpkin and some designs are more subtle and only require scraping the outer dark part of the rind down ¼ to ½ an inch from the surface.


Test out the look of the pumpkin by placing a light inside to see if you get the desired look. We tend to use battery powered lights to reduce fire hazard–especially if you have pets or small children in the home.


Same Witch, but with a Green Eye…I think it is better.


Have a Happy Halloween!!




Patriotic Banner

I call this an up-cycle project. Sometimes, you buy something that works okay, but could be better. This is one of those circumstances. I found a really cute Patriotic Pennant made out of burlap with embroidered letters that spelled out “AMERICA”.

1-Start the banner

It was a little too small for the space I intended to hang it, and a little too rustic for my home. It had an unhemmed edge so the burlap had kind of a shaggy look to it.

2-closeup of A

I don’t have a working sewing machine at this moment. So I had to think of a way to fabricate the border without sewing. I decided to add a 2 inch border all the way around each pennant that would take care of the raw edge that I dislike. I also liked the idea of using a variety of patriotic prints to add some color and interest. So I purchased some fabric and double-sided fusible product (stitch witchery) to use in place of sewing.

3-before and after

This worked really well under the circumstances. All you need is the pennant pieces, fabric, fusible, and an iron. I spent a lot of time lining up the patterns. And I think the final product looks pretty nice.

4-banner done needs stringing

You can see in this view the variety of patriotic fabrics used. Each one is different. But you really do have to see it hanging to get the full impact.

5-finished hanging banner