Halloween is about the spooky and creepy. Some people celebrate the season with horror movies, which we don’t do so much in our house. It’s not just because we have Littles to worry about, it’s partially because I’m a wimp. Not for the spooky and creepy, but I hate gory movies. On the other hand, if something can scare me just a little bit, I can enjoy the movie. Mellow Man introduced me to the show, The X-Files a little while ago. I’m still on the fence about the show, but it definitely falls in the Halloween creepy sphere. When I first saw the new Pumpkin Masters Decorating Punches Kit, I immediately thought of Aliens and Crop Circles, and decided that we needed to have an extraterrestrial theme for our pumpkins this year.
I did a quick Google search on “Crop Circle Patterns” to see if there was a design that was best suited to the Crop Circles that were found in the fields, and I found that there was a circular design in the Pumpkin Masters Decorating Punches Kit that was very similar to what I had seen in my Google Search. (If you are curious, just type in “Crop Circle Patterns” to see a variety of the designs that have been found in fields.)
To start making the Crop Circle Design, I only used half of the pattern that was provided in the kit. I also used the scoop to clear out the pumpkin guts after I cut open the bottom of the pumpkin, not the top!
I remove the bottom of the pumpkin for a couple of reasons– it insures that I get a smooth surface when I put the candle or light down, and it makes sure that the top of the pumpkin doesn’t fall in on the light. Most importantly (at least for me!), it looks much nicer!
I then went around the pumpkin and poked small holds to indicate where the punches should go. You should be able to see them in the picture above. The way this circular punch from Pumpkin Masters works is that it is a large circle and a small circle connected. Personally, I think the kit would be better if the two were separated, which would give one much more freedom with the design. In fact, I think having a “circular punch” and an “Oval Punch” kit that were separate would be great, perhaps with 3-4 individual punches in different sizes. My final crop circle pattern looked like this:
I then turned to making my Alien Pumpkin, and I used the standard Pumpkin Carving Kit to make this pumpkin. Unfortunately, while there were awesome designs in that kit there were no aliens. Never fear if this happens to you! Another quick Google search hooked me up with this Pumpkin Master pattern from a vendor selling Pumpkin Master kits overseas. It was perfect for my white Alien pumpkin!
Now for the details in the Alien Pattern, I needed to go around and “punch” the design into the surface of the pumpkin after I had adhered the pattern to the surface of the pumpkin.
By punching the pattern, when you remove the paper, you can seen the outline of the alien, and where you should use your saw.
When you are cutting with the carving kit, it’s important to remember to cut the detailed pieces out first, and then cut out the big chunks. I cut around the Alien’s hands and fingers, then his mouth and nostrils, and finally his eyes.
I also went back through with the flashlight from my iPhone behind the pattern to see where I needed to cut the small detailed pieces out more. Sometimes you can cut the surface off, but you actually need to remove some of the interior guts of the pumpkin.
Then I cut out the big pieces of the pumpkin pattern. Make sure that when you do this, you are very careful of the areas that are thinner, so that you do no actually break the design. How do you think they turned out?
The Crop Circle:
They look great on our front step– all ready for any Extraterrestrials that decide to visit. After all, “We are not alone…” or are we?
Need more inspiration for your pumpkins, see these other Pumpkin Master Designs!
Not Too Shabby Gabby
Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Pumpkin Masters. Opinions expressed here are my own.