I’ve always been rather curious about pumpkin carving but we never really got around doing it, especially since we don’t celebrate Halloween :P

This year, a few weeks ago we actually checked out a pumpkin patch and acquired a couple pumpkins ^^

Pumpkins sat around for a few weeks before we finally decided that I should carve it before it gets too close to our actual move ^^;

Bought the last pumpkin carving kit from Micheal’s craft store… (Lucky!)

Was somewhat on schedule :P had a few ideas but settled on this impromptu one, started with the smaller pumpkin (which I picked) Husband actually picked one about the same size as mine at first, but he changed his mind and went for a bigger one ^^;

Got Mokotan’s assistance here and there ;P Decided to open the top for this one…

Eek! This part I was on my own ^^;

Scoop the goop, used hands at some point in time ^^; quite messy business this is…

Mokotan inspects…

Paste my design on…

Fast forward… No hands to help me take the actual process of carving lol!

Otsukaresama!

Was almost gonna wait another time to do the 2nd one, but decided to just do it ^^; When else can I continue if I don’t do it this weekend ^^;

Yes, very important to have a doll around lol!

Tried to open the bottom this time ^^

Even more to scoop ^^; but since this is a bigger pumpkin it was easier to stick hand and scrapping tool into the pumpkin this time ^^

Paste on the design you intend to carve on the pumpkin.

Mark the design ^^

Used some flour on the dotted markings ^^; still kinda hard to see ;_;

By the time I’m done, it was already dusk — just in time to light some candles in the pumpkins!

The finer carving didn’t show up as well, probably should try to carve it a bit deeper? I left the top part open so that smoke can escape :3

Who’s following Mirai chan in the dark?!

Ah luckily it’s friendlies :P

I was initially trying to carve a happier mouth shape but it didn’t work out so I shaped it into the “o” shape, probably more fitting for Halloween? :)

Together ^o^/

The Pumpkin carving kit came with a booklet with a bunch of patterns (which I did not use) and a booklet which included tips on how to carve and on pumpkin care, along with a pumpkin pie recipe ^^ I’ll be wrapping these 2 in saran wrap and leaving them in the fridge when it’s not being lit ;)

ETA: thanks Danny for the hijack :)

Do you carve pumpkins for Halloween? Any photos or tips to share? :3 My hands smell like pumpkin now ^^;

51 Responses to Pumpkin carving

  1. happy ninja says:

    That is very cool. Nice work!

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    chun Reply:

    thank you! :D

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  2. YuKi-To says:

    that’s so coool! moe pumpkins!!! :3
    oh, you can do the nice boat one too =P

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    chun Reply:

    LOL @ nice boat one :P maybe next year LOL

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  3. dans says:

    very nice, chun. love the detail on the pumpkins ! :3

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    chun Reply:

    thankq!

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  4. Kesenaitsumi says:

    LOL.. Halloween is fun if we all can do this. ^^
    Will be try out next year when I’m not in exam year…

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    chun Reply:

    good luck with exam!

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  5. Ieronymus says:

    Mirai chan is one of the finest pumpkin carvings I’ve ever seen! :D

    The other one with the two friends though is completely charming, I love it!

    Tip: For making small holes (in eyes for example), use a thin walled metal tube. You can buy lengths of aluminum tubing at the hobby shop, copper tubing at the hardware shop. You could even use the casing from a ball point pen!

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    chun Reply:

    We need more anime style pumpkin carvings out there! and thanks for sharing the tips! :D

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  6. 2nihon says:

    Wow, very nice! Might try my hand at one.

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    chun Reply:

    good luck! look forward to see it ^^

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  7. wormgear says:

    Well done Chun!! I am impressed. These are without a doubt the world’s cutest pumpkins (“jack-o-lanterns”).

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    chun Reply:

    Domo arigato~!

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  8. paiki says:

    Nice work Chun. I went to Italy last 15 days, and there, they are all hiped for the Hallowen selling. Rarely you can find some Hallowen stuff in Brazil =(

    Hope find some pumpkin for my first attempt.

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    chun Reply:

    Aw! Good luck with pumpkin hunt!

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  9. radiant says:

    very very awesome, Chun!

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    chun Reply:

    thanksu!

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  10. Micchi says:

    Wow, I really love the detail on the Mirai one. Very very good job!

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    chun Reply:

    Thanks! I was glad I could somehow pull it off :)

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  11. Miette-chan says:

    That’s pretty cool, I think this beats that Mario pumpkin I saw as the coolest jack o lantern ever.

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    chun Reply:

    I hope we’ll see more anime-ish characters on pumpkins this year ;)!

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  12. moelitist says:

    How exactly did you get the stencil (or make) for Mirai? It looks great! I’m going to be trying a couple anime designs, but need a templates, not so good at freehand carving lol. ^-^;;

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    chun Reply:

    oh I kinda took bits from an old fan art of Mirai I did from way back, edited it a bit and print it out lol! but it was hard to trace it on, to be honest ^^; I have to have the paper handy and refer to it for details ^^;

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  13. chibinezumi says:

    amazing work! love the bat mouse he is so cute! we used to get these mammoth pumpkins that were 100-130 pounds for the family pumpkin party, the kids had to guess the weight and the closest won and got to carve it! lots of fun.

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    chun Reply:

    Thanks! I wonder what can we carve on mammoth pumpkins XD *rubs chin*

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  14. nanu says:

    I recalled you had carved these cutesome designs fairly early, so wanted to give a heads up on what I saw today (though unsure if it’s too late or not) :J
    http://lifehacker.com/5389590/

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    chun Reply:

    thanks for the link to the tip! :D I am keeping the pumpkin in the fridge for now, supposed to help? lol :) I’ll be counting down to how long it lasts tho :3

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  15. NaKAhi70 says:

    Damn Chun you’re talented!! I want one now!! >:D I shall come steal it

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    chun Reply:

    lol! I dare you! :P

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  16. Gunstray says:

    Thats it, Im going to vancouver to stalk you, and by that I meant the pumpkin^^;

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    chun Reply:

    ^^;;;;;;;;;

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  17. Koharu says:

    Ohh my gosh you’re such a pro at it! You even have the different tones of orange in Mirai’s face, amazing~!
    If I have time and a spare pumpkin I might try a Kagami pumpkin hehe xD

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    chun Reply:

    It’s actually nice to carve, but a bit tedious? I recalled seeing pumpkins with just the top part of the skin removed, so I decided to use that for her skin :) Please do try to make and share it! :D

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  18. Ederuferuto says:

    Pumpkin carving sure looks fun!

    I wonder if I can find anything like that around here.. Highly doubt so. XD

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    chun Reply:

    aw! I guess it’s harder when the pumpkin needs to be imported before becoming available?

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  19. Tommy says:

    Mokotan didn’t take pictures for you when you were carving? :O

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    chun Reply:

    I need to get a doll size camera o_o!

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  20. Wolfheinrich says:

    That’s pretty impressive carving!

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    chun Reply:

    Thanks! :D I was glad it worked out somehow! :)

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  21. mai says:

    WOWZAAAA!!!! That is so amazing!!!! I think you should switch your career to Professional Pumpkin carver XD!

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    chun Reply:

    Mai lol probably a once a year type gig LOL

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  22. Orcinus says:

    Cool, you posted your pumpkin on figure.fm too. By the way, who is the bunny and that bear? On another note, I like how Mirai came out cleanly on the pumpkin. Much better technique you guys have got there for doing layers.

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    chun Reply:

    actually the “bunny and bear” is actually a puppy and a mouse — my mascot and my drawing of a representation of my husband (he is born in year of the rat in the chinese horoscope :P)

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  23. JIYkp says:

    Wow! The Mirai carving is amazing!
    How did you do that?

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    chun Reply:

    unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures of how I did it when I was carving :P maybe next year haha!

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  24. Rhibops says:

    great job! amazingly detailed!

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  26. Avan says:

    awesome~!

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    chun Reply:

    Thank you Avan XD

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  27. […] first started to carve a pumpkin in 2009, Mirai was also one of my inspirations :3 I also carved a smaller one with puppy and mouse […]

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