that “creepy” time of the year again… the Halloween! Experience the spirit
of the Halloween by creating your Jack-O-Lantern. Here are tips on how to create
your own jack-o-lantern:
size and shape of your design will determine whether you need a tall narrower
pumpkin or a round one.
your design in advance and choose your pumpkin accordingly. Choose a pumpkin
that is smooth as possible, and free of scratches, dents or gouges, unless you
plan to incorporate them into your finished design.
can make the transferred dots of your pattern easier to see by rubbing flour
into them. The flour will fill the holes and turn them white.
make sharp corners, always remove the saw completely and re-insert it at a
remove cut pieces, push them out from the inside with your finger or a poker. To
make removing large pieces easier, and to avoid damage to your design, cut them
into smaller chunks before trying to remove them.
are good for adding extra features like ears or noses.
you're having trouble with your candles going out, try using a small oil-burning
lamp or liquid candle.
Hangers make a great way of displaying jack o lanterns. A wonderfully spooky
display is to use several plant hangers of different lengths in a grouping, so
that in the dark, it looks like several glowing faces floating in mid air.
Jack O Lanterns is a bit tricky. A flash won't work, but if the candle in the
pumpkin is the only light source, the photo will only show the design and not
the pumpkin. To show both design and pumpkin, try using a single light source,
slightly forward and above of the Jack O Lantern.
the inside with a mild bleach solution will slow the process of decay.
the cut edges of the pumpkins with petroleum jelly to help them last longer. The
longer the candle is left burning, the quicker the pumpkin will decompose.
lights work well instead of candles. Use a 25-watt candelabra bulb for maximum
brightness; lower wattage if you plan to leave it on a long time.
you really want to make your creations last, put them in a plastic bag and store
them in the refrigerator when not on display.
can re-attach and repair broken pieces with toothpicks or straight pins.
rats and other critters from making a meal of your pumpkin by sprinkling it with
liberally with Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper.
some pumpkin pie spice inside your Jack O' Lantern to give the air a spice
throw out the seeds! They make a delicious, nutritious snack.