Let’s make it clear – one can’t get bored with pumpkins, especially during Halloween. They can be carved, painted and decorated in so many ways that every single pumpkin becomes a real showpiece. There are multiple pumpkin-inspired dishes, cakes, cookies, muffins and snacks, not to mention toys, clothes and decorating items. For a few days at the end of October, pumpkin becomes a widely cherished, national fruit in many countries. But these are all well known facts. So let’s get to the point. I’m about to present you the least obvious pumpkin I know, and at the same time our first tutorial prepared at Handimania’s HQ. Meet Halloween Jack-o’-lantern with braces.
My favorite thing about it is that it’s funny – it doesn’t even try to be scary, and since many of my friends’ kids need to wear braces, it’s also great in helping them realize that pumpkins have their problems too ;) You don’t have to be a pro carver to complete this project – all you need is patience on a basic level, perfectly round pumpkin, some tools and supplies. If you want to make your kids giggle, we think it’s totally worth the effort. Try it out and tell us what you think here!
What you need:
- cutting plyers
- knife (for more precise cutting)
- bowl or a plastic box for pumpkin flesh and seeds
- spoon for removing pumpkin flesh
Supplies / ingredients:
- pumpkin (approx. 22 or 33 cm/ 9 or 13 inch in diameter)
- wire hanger or a wire
- 4 angle irons
- 8 screws
Draw a guiding line with a marker and cut the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin with a saw.
Remove flesh from the inside.
Pin the template to the pumpkin. Start from the bottom part of the template for easier pinning.
Poke pushpin through, all along dotted outline, to transfer design.
Cut out eyes with the saw. The edge may be a bit jaggy but don’t worry ’bout that – you can refine it later with a peeler (it turned out to be the best tool for improving the shape of holes).
Cut the pumpkin 1 cm/0.4 inch deep along the dotted line with a knife.
Cut out mouth with the saw.
Remove flesh from the teeth area (approx. 1 cm deep).
If it’s necessary, redraw the outline of teeth with a knife.
Refine the shape of eyes and mouth with a peeler.
Pre-cut the wire.
Mount the wire in one side of mouth.
Bend the wire along the line of teeth.
Measure and cut the wire. Mount it in the other side of mouth.
Fix the wire with angle irons and screws.
Use the peeler or other tool to screw.