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!

  2. YuKi-To says:

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

  3. dans says:

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

  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…

  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!

  6. 2nihon says:

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

  7. wormgear says:

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

  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.

  9. radiant says:

    very very awesome, Chun!

  10. Micchi says:

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

  11. Miette-chan says:

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

  12. chun says:

    LOL @ nice boat one :P maybe next year LOL

  13. chun says:

    good luck with exam!

  14. chun says:

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

  15. chun says:

    good luck! look forward to see it ^^

  16. chun says:

    Aw! Good luck with pumpkin hunt!

  17. chun says:

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

  18. chun says:

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

  19. 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. ^-^;;

  20. 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.

  21. 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/

  22. NaKAhi70 says:

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

  23. Gunstray says:

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

  24. 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

  25. chun says:

    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 ^^;

  26. chun says:

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

  27. chun says:

    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

  28. chun says:

    lol! I dare you! :P

  29. chun says:

    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

  30. Ederuferuto says:

    Pumpkin carving sure looks fun!

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

  31. Tommy says:

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

  32. chun says:

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

  33. chun says:

    I need to get a doll size camera o_o!

  34. Wolfheinrich says:

    That’s pretty impressive carving!

  35. mai says:

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

  36. 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.

  37. JIYkp says:

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

  38. chun says:

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

  39. chun says:

    Mai lol probably a once a year type gig LOL

  40. chun says:

    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)

  41. chun says:

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

  42. Rhibops says:

    great job! amazingly detailed!

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  44. chun says:

    Thank you Avan XD

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