Artsy Ideas

10.30.2011

We have not carved a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern in years since the kids are grown and gone and we don't get any trick or treaters here. I remember when our children were young and we would come up with costume ideas each year. We always waited till the afternoon of Halloween to carve the pumpkin and stick a candle in it and light it right at dark so the trick or treaters would know our house was ready for their visits. We had so many visitors at our first home that we would run out of  candy.

Here are some very fancy jack-o-lantern ideas for you artsy folks who might want to replicate one of these.













Do you think you are brave enough to try creating one of these?  Mine would probably tear apart. All I could do was the basic triangle eyes, nose, and square teeth, but those were the days.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween.

Time is running out for the the Cutting Edge Stencil giveaway. You can enter HERE.

22 comments:

  1. I bet you still buy candy just in case someone does ring your front door. We only got about 30 kids last year. Keeps shrinking the number does, I think our neighborhood is aging. And your houses are set far apart, the kids go for close togehter for MORE candy!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have tried but the pumpking fell apart. Beautiful pictures.

    Elna

    ReplyDelete
  3. The grandkids in Iowa carved great looking pumpkins this year.

    We don't get trick or treaters due to no street lights here. Can't blame the parents for not wanting their kids on dark streets.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Kim, what great photos! I love the first two! What an inviting entry that would be to welcome trick-or-treaters!! Or, any other guests!! Thanks for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. We do the same thing. We carve the day of Halloween, otherwise it will rot. I bought two pumpkins for carving, but not sure if we'll do both or not. We usually let Will draw a face on the pumpkin, then Jimmy carves it out for him.I've never tried one of those fancy designs before.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow..lots of great ones! We haven't done anything yet with ours (got a lot of snow yesterday). Hopefully we'll do something with them tomorrow before trick or treating!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love these ideas! I may have to get out some specialty tools to try this! We are feeling lucky here in the Midwest with our pleasant fall weather.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow! Those are some amazing pumpkins! I remember making costumes for my 4 boys, and carving pumpkins, roasting the pumpkin seeds....

    ReplyDelete
  9. We're carving ours today, but I'm afraid they'll be much more basic than these beauties!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow! Those are gorgeous! That does it-Next year I AM growing pumpkins so I have some to play with! The carvers of the ones you show here are unbelievably talented! xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  11. These are some great ideas. We're carving our pumpkins today. I'm thinking of giving mine a parsnip nose :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. WOW! very artsy Mama! Love them.

    ReplyDelete
  13. All the children in this home are grown as well but I do so miss the evening of carving. Sometime simple, sometimes fancy, always fun.

    ReplyDelete
  14. LOL I can only do the triangle eyes and nose too! I let the kids carve pumpkins at my son's Halloween party.
    Trick or treat was last night here on base and I have so much candy leftover, not many kids come to our street. (We live where they're building more houses, so they go to the part of the neighborhood where everyone lives)
    Happy Halloween!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Such cute pumpkins. Great ideas. I just can not get into all the scary decor for Halloween.This is perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great images Kim! My hubby is very creative when carving our pumpkins, I tell ya he's still a kid at heart! Martina

    ReplyDelete
  17. These are all gorgeous and a LOT harder than it seems. I carved some mini pumpkins and did flour arrangements in them and I thought I was going to cut my finger off those pumpkins were so hard. XO, Mona

    ReplyDelete
  18. My hubby did a beautiful pumpkin last year, but we only got about 5 trick or treaters:( I bought candy this year but we will see how much goes.... I have orange lights in all the candles in the windows, 2 lanterns out front, 2 (clay) jack o lanterns etc. Wish we got more, but I LOVE decorating anyway. Happy Halloween, Kim!!!! Now I am off to follow you on Pinterest!!!! XO, Pinky

    ReplyDelete
  19. What great pictures....I've actually tried my hand at carving using stencils and it isn't as bad as you would think. We didn't carve any pumpkins this year...the boys just decorated some...now they are all snow covered!
    Marianne :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. It's been a few years since we carved a pumpkin. I still have the nifty carving tools, just never use them.

    Great looking punkin inspiration, Kim!

    Happy Halloween!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I have a design file and tear out pictures from magazines that I love (now I have Pinterest!) and the pumpkin topiary from Southern Living is in my file! I love it! We used to do elaborate ones at a party every year, but since Jemma came, we just do a good old jack o'lantern! She finds one in one of her storybooks and we try to recreate it! This year she just wants the basic. I am down with that!

    Thank you so much for voting for me! I was so excited to find out I had won! I still have perma grin! Thank you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow, now those are really unique ideas!! I've not carved a pumpkin in years either!

    Great post, Kim!

    ReplyDelete

DESIGNED BY ECLAIR DESIGNS