Halloween is upon us and, as ever, it’s a craft lover’s dream. There are various ways in which you can personalise a pumpkin-carving session to suit your skills and ideas: designing a scary face is only the beginning. Gourds lend themselves to etching, skinning, painting, stencilling – even pointillist perforation.
A home-made Halloween pumpkin vase is easy to create using basic tools you’ll have in your kitchen or garden shed. Filled with autumnal blooms or silk flowers, it makes a fine centrepiece for a dining table, looks great above a fireplace – or put it in a window or by the front door for visitors or passers-by to enjoy.
Buying a pumpkin: Kit’s tips
- Pumpkins can be purchased from farm shops, markets, grocery shops and supermarkets, from about £1.75 a kilo.
- If you can, buy your pumpkin now, and store in a cool, dry place.
- Pick the best-looking medium-sized one you can find.
- Make sure the stalk is intact, to ensure there are no insects burrowed inside.
- Look for firm and dry skin, and give it a knock to make sure it feels tough. Soft skin is no good: it won’t keep long.
- Make sure it sits in an upright position!