October Shoebox Swap
I was getting the mail the other day and was SO excited to get a box from my October swap partner - Ashley! Not me, LOL, we have a common name. The picture on the left is the awesome wreath she made me. The picture on the right is what I made and sent to her. I think she's on vacation still so hopefully she won't see my post before she gets her box. But if she does then she'll just have to contain her excitement until it gets there :)
I've never done a carvable fake pumpkin before so I thought I'd share with you how it went. I went to Michael's looking for a "funkin" but all I could find were the Michael's brand ones. I knew I wanted to try to make a skydiver since she's big into jumps. I tried to find a silhouette of someone freestyling that would be feasible to carve but I couldn't find one I thought I could make so I tried to draw a person with the parachute instead.
First thing I did was carve a hole in the bottom so I could get a feel for how it would cut. The best tool for cutting these would be a dremel but I don't have one. You could also use a regular pumpkin carving kit but mine were in the attic and I didn't want to go up there. So, I just picked an old steak knife we don't really use anymore and it did just fine.
I cut out the parachute first since it was the biggest piece and least complicated.
I saved the little person for last. And kind of like a real pumpkin, I ended up having to cut him in multiple pieces to get it out of there.
For the parachute lines, I didn't want to cut all the way through the pumpkin so I took a mechanical pencil (without the lead sticking out) and just pressed hard to indent and scrape the outer paint off. Ta da! All done!
Last but not least, I was doing my usual thing and it occurred to me that you guys would get a good laugh if you could see the craziness/silliness that goes on around here. After I cut out the bottom of the pumpkin I realized it made a nice drum...LOL.
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