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
- Sharp knife
- Mario colouring page
Place the pumpkin on a table or counter.
Hold the knife at a 45-degree angle and cut a circle around the pumpkin's stem.
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.
Use the spoon to scoop out the pumpkin's pulp and seeds.
Tape the Mario colouring page onto the pumpkin.
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.
Remove the Mario colouring page. The nail holes on the pumpkin have transferred the image of Mario's face.
Use a knife to carve the pumpkin along the dotted lines.
Use your fingers to gently push out pieces of pumpkin as they become loose.
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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