How to Make Mario's Face in a Pumpkin

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How to Make Mario's Face in a Pumpkin
Save the pumpkin pulp to make homemade pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Nothing welcomes trick-or-treaters like a carved pumpkin glowing on a doorstep. While some people carve a traditional jack-o'-lantern freehand, others use paper templates. Happy faces, scary faces and even Mario's face can easily be carved if you use a paper template. Colouring books and your computer are good sources for finding templates. Any picture that can be printed on paper can be a carving template; however, pictures with less detail are easier to carve.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pumpkin
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Mario colouring page
  • Tape
  • Nail

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the pumpkin on a table or counter.

  2. 2

    Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle and cut a circle around the pumpkin's stem.

  3. 3

    Remove the circle and place it on the side. This is the pumpkin's lid. It will be placed back on top of the pumpkin later.

  4. 4

    Use the spoon to scoop out the pumpkin's pulp and seeds.

  5. 5

    Tape the Mario colouring page onto the pumpkin.

  6. 6

    Use the nail to poke small holes along the outline of Mario's eyes, eyebrows, nose and moustache. Do not poke out the outline of his face.

  7. 7

    Remove the Mario colouring page. The nail holes on the pumpkin have transferred the image of Mario's face.

  8. 8

    Use a knife to carve the pumpkin along the dotted lines.

  9. 9

    Use your fingers to gently push out pieces of pumpkin as they become loose.

  10. 10

    Place a small candle inside the pumpkin and return the lid to the top of the pumpkin.

Tips and warnings

  • If you cut out a piece of pumpkin by accident, insert a toothpick into the flesh of the cut out piece and stick the other end of the toothpick back into the pumpkin to hold it in place.
  • Keep knives and nails out of the reach of children.

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