Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. Mostly because I can get really creative making costumes, decorating the house and carving pumpkins.
I'd been wanting to make these black cat o'lanterns for oh, about 4 or 5 years since I first saw them in Sunset magazine. I'd been hanging onto the article that I tore out of it ever since. But what happens every year is that I either run out of time or I don't have all of the supplies by the time Halloween rolls around. But last year, my creative bones started to grow back, so I decided that year was the year that I was going to make them!
Here's how I did it.
Knife or carving kit
Stiff felt or paper for ears
Curved cucumber, zucchinni or skinny gourd for tail
Mini pumpkins for paws
Black floral spray
Wood floral picks (5 or 6 per pumpkin; optional)
Mallet or hammer for attaching picks to base pumpkin (optional)
Tea-light candle in flat dish or jar lid
Step 1: Gather some pumpkins.
Cats come in all shapes and sizes; so do pumpkins, thank goodness, so pick out a few. Tall, skinny, squat, fat. I chose some regular pumpkins and some short sugar pumpkins (i.e. Cinderella pumpkins).
|Have I mentioned my pumpkin obsession?|
Step 3: Now it's time to gut those pumpkin heads. No need to hollow out the large body pumpkin; the candle sits inside the head. And don't you dare throw out those seeds!
Step 4: Take the "head" pumpkins, flip them over and carve out some curved slits for the ears. The underside of the head pumpkins will be the top of the cat's head.
Step 5: Cut out the ears from stiff felt. You can find sheets of felt at the craft store.
Step 6: Print out the eye templates (see step 2 in link above), tape to pumpkins and poke along the lines for cutting guidelines.
Step 7: Spread out some newspaper, and stuff some of it into the heads to keep the spray paint from getting inside, so that the eyes will glow orange when lit!
Step 8: Using floral spray paint, spray your veggies!
Step 8: Once dry, rearrange the pumpkins to look like cats. Add the ears.
|Yes, they are sharing a paw. They are Siamese, you know.|
Step 9: Once it's dark, light them up!
Step 10: Then turn out all the lights!
|Here kitty, kitty!|
I would love to hear about your best pumpkin carving adventures! Please include links in your comments if you have them.