Last Monday I posted about carving a pumpkin in the image of your pup. Before that post, I decided to make a pumpkin that looked like our Penny (a pitt-mix). When I reviewed the Better Homes and Garden's site, I found that they didn't have a design for the American Pitt Bull. So, I decided to design my own pumpkin and share the design pattern (below) with everyone. So here goes........
Go get your pumpkin. Print out the drawing plan that is towards the end of this post and take it with you so you can get a pumpkin the correct side.
Check you kitchen and tool chest and find tools that you think will work. I use everything from x-acto, grapefruit, and paring knifes. Other tools that I use are clay tools and anything sharp that will make the perforations on the pumpkin surface. I have seen the pumpkin carving kits at different stores. For the most part, they are plastic and look to be totally useless to me.
Cut out the design and tape it on the pumpkin. There are a few tools in this shot that I found were not useful.
With something sharp, punch through the printed lines. This makes perforations on the pumpkin.
When you have enough perforations that allow the design to be clear on the pumpkin, it is time to carve. Pay careful attention to the diagram and only cut all the way through on the solid outlines.
Cut about half way through one the dashed lines. Really, how far you go is up to you.
Here is the pattern. It is a jpeg and you should be able to save and print it.
And here is our Penny looking all beautiful in her Halloween collar that I made for her.
Happy Pumpkin Carving!