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Halloween Style

At Spring Rose Cottage we love Fall colors and decorating, especially when it comes to Halloween. This is the first year we have done any decorations on the house since we moved back in. Because of work commitments this year, the decorating fell to the kids.

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First they strung color lights on the porch posts. The left side post is covered in purple lights and the right side is covered in Candy Corn painted lights.

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Then they placed the pumpkins that they had carved on the porch. The two pumpkins closest to the posts were connected into the post lights, so there is no need for a bunch of cords draped across the porch.

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This Witch pumpkin wasn’t cut all the way through, but the design was scraped and carved to show when lit by a big bundle of string lights that is placed inside.

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This Cat pumpkin is a great example of a design that is cut all the way through the pumpkin rind. It is lit by candle placed inside the pumpkin.

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This Spider pumpkin is scraped (not cut out) and the spider has multiple red eyes.

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This Bat pumpkin is cut through and is candle lit.  The lid started to burn, so they removed the lid to allow the heat to escape. The kids enjoyed making the pumpkin designs, decorating, and giving out candy to Trick-or-Treaters. They are already planning what to do for next year.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Have a Happy Halloween!!