Posted by Eileen
Ash and I decided to be a little more creative with our pumpkin carving this year, bringing a few new accessories to the carving table: his drill AND my cookie cutters. And they made for some cute pumpkins. :)
Our son loves playing with my cookie cutters - digging through the boxes, guessing the shapes, imagining his own shapes, and stealing a few for use in his play-doh. He has difficulties with eating, so I’m always looking for new distractions to get us through each meal - and my never-ending cookie cutter collection has been working like a charm lately.
All of this time spent digging through cookie cutters sparked an idea - we could probably use cookie cutters to punch out shapes in our pumpkins. I googled it - and realized it was a thing, and then picked out a few cookie cutters to get us started.
As for the drill, Ash is rarely apart from his tools, and he figured that drilling holes into the pumpkins would be fun to make some cool designs.
The first thing I did was cover our table with a plastic, disposable tablecloth. I usually pick these up at the dollar store - this one happened to be Easter themed:) We probably should have worked outside, but it was much easier to push my son's high chair up to the table inside.
Here were our materials, plus the drill. We also found that a mallet worked better than a hammer, so we swapped that out after doing the first pumpkin.
After cutting open the top and scooping all the goop out, we were ready to start the fun part - hammering in the cookie cutters.
We took the hammer or mallet (again, the mallet worked better) and tapped the cookie cutter into the pumpkin until it made a clean break.
The larger the cookie cutter (like the ghost pictured above) the harder it was because the cookie cutter didn't lay flat on the pumpkin.
The heart worked perfectly - it was a good size, easy to tap in, and made a perfect heart on the pumpkin.
After we used a few cookie cutters, we used the drill to make some designs. We did a bunch of circles in the shape of a flower, spelled out the word Boo, and just drilled a bunch of evenly spaced circles.
I had a blast drilling through the pumpkin - after cutting off the pumpkin tops and scooping out all that seedy goop, running a drill right through these pumpkins was undoubtedly the fun part.
Now, it did make a huge mess, so you might want to drill outside. Yet, I just used the drill on a lower speed, and the flying pumpkin goop was minimal.
Here are a few shots of the pumpkins sitting out on our front bench.
And, here they are all lit up :)
They turned out pretty nice :)
Overall, the cookie cutters and drill were a fun combination to work with. If you are looking to mix up your pumpkin carving, definitely give it a try :)
Let us know how they turn out!
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