I have never carved a pumpkin before …
My Dad taught me that if I was going to do anything, then I should always do my best.
So… when Alex asked me to carve a Mini pumpkin I figured I’d do the best I could… Lets face it, it’s just veg, knife, picture…
I figured you might like a guide on how I went at it – You never know, it might help you!
First I tried to hand draw something Mini-like…
My awesome artistic talent shines like a lump of coal…
The idea was to draw a Mini then shade out the areas I’d eventually cut from the scary veg!
So… onto Google and find a good Mini front view…
Make screen size to suit pumpkin… then trace…
Shade main features… cut out… remembering not to cut all the way around or the Mini will fall out!
Now… scoop out pumpkin.
When cutting the top remember to cut it like a wedge, and not straight down, or the lid will fall in!
I then pinned the template to the veg and traced the shape onto the pumpkin using a pin… like a giant dot to dot.
Cutting the smaller parts first whilst the pumpkin is still pretty rigid reduced potential breakage.
For fine details I just cut away the skin, but didn’t remove the flesh from under it. (like the tyre treads)
I also cut the skin around the edge where the main car was attached.
The MINI name at the top also helped hold the main car cut out in place and add to the shape.
Once lit you can see that the treads show up well – even though I only shaved the skin off there!
The end result is a very happy little Alex!
(…and a quite chuffed Dad! – Not bad for a first effort!)