How To: Carve Yo Gabba Gabba Pumpkins for Halloween!
Jenn, from JustJenn Designs, has been carving specialty pumpkins for years! Today she shares with us her tips on carving gorgeous Yo Gabba Gabba pumpkins for you to try this Halloween!
We noticed that Jenn doesn't carve all the way through the pumpkin rind, and the picture actually shows up more brilliantly!
Every year I do an elaborate pumpkin. First I pick a design, print out or draw a shaded version, black and white. I specifically go out and look for a pumpkin that will fit the design I am going for.
For Yo Gabba Gabba designs, these coloring pages on Nick Jr. work perfectly.
1.Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, hollow out all the innards, seeds, etc. I also scrape down the insides so that I can get a thin wall. This will allow the light to brighten up the design a lot better.
2. Tape your printed out image to the pumpkin, and with a push pin, I 'trace' the image onto the pumpkin by punching hole into the surface. Then I use a marker to fill in any gaps.
3. Using only an xacto knife, I carve the shape onto the pumpkin. I find that xacto knives give me the best lines as far as cutting is concerned. I've also been using them daily for about 20 years, so I'm used to handling it better than any other specialty pumpkin knife. I rarely puncture the skin, I like the glowing effect of just cutting the top layer of pumpkin off, it makes it glow and showcases the image much better.
You can see the glowing effect in this example of a Batman pumpkin:
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