I think we've made it clear before that Marisa and I like to hit the easy button on crafts as much as we can. We want to lead a blog worthy lifestyle, we really do...let our lives look like our Pinterest boards, please! But when it comes down to it, we're busy and sleepy working mamas! Despite our high hopes, we end up scrapping a lot of our ideas when they get too messy or take too long. The no-carve, no-paint "dip-died" pumpkins Marisa came up with last year was one of my favorite Halloween crafts ever...festive and unique, but simple and quick to execute. This starry pumpkin craft takes a little more elbow grease, as it involves the standard scooping-out process, but it's simpler than your traditional carve job. And there is a satisfying (and holiday-appropriate) poking/stabbing part to it that does wonders for working out frustrations as you happily craft away!
Starry Pumpkin How-To
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- a knife for opening the pumpin
- a large metal spoon for scooping out the insides
- 1 or 2 screwdrivers
- candles or string lights
WHAT TO DO:
I like to open the pumpkins from the bottom instead of the top...it hides the seam when the pumpkins are on display, which means you don't have to worry about making it look perfect. Cut a circle and pull that piece of pumpkin out to reveal the guts. Scoop out all the seeds and innards, scraping hard against the inside of the pumpkin so it's nice and smooth inside, no strings left.
Then just use a screwdriver to poke holes in starry patterns of your choosing. I used two different screwdrivers for two different size stars. For the little dipper design, I sliced lines between the stars with a paring knife (careful not to connect the dots so much that the square came all the way out). For the moon, I sketched a crescent in pencil and poked holes along the line.
We chose a dotted moon shape, a little dipper, and then, simplest of all, a random all-over constellation pattern. If you use real candles, you may need to cut a hole in the back of your pumpkin to allow enough air to flow to keep the candle aflame. But stuffing a ball of string-lights into each pumpkin is an easy and safe alternative to lighting them up.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)