Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pumpkin Inspirations

Originally used to scare away harmful ghouls and evil spirits, Jack-O-Lanterns are now a creative outlet for many people to make an art out of. From the traditional simple faces to extravagant works of art utilizing multiple pumpkins and thinning out the pumpkin walls without actually cutting out pieces (something I wish I could master!), pumpkin-carving is one of my favorite parts of the Halloween season!

Deciding on what design to carve is one of the hardest parts of the process. There are many printable patterns for sale or for free download online, but my favorite pumpkins are from original thinkers who draw their own designs! Being unable to make my own Jack-O-Lantern this year, I have been trawling the internet for cute pumpkin designs to inspire those of you who can!

Tim Burton's Cheshire Cat

My main obsession recently has been carriages! I love the Disney Princesses and wish that I could make a princess pumpkin 058

A multi-pumpkin carriage. The top looks to be a drawer handle, with belt buckle windows and I think the door might be a light switch plate? Check your local thrift shops or hardware stores for interesting pieces to add!

I love this one! Parakeets are optional

Adding little embellishments for a stunning centerpiece

A "junk-o-lantern" utilizing old household items to make an interesting carriage!

Simple, but adorable! This would also make a nice centerpiece for a Halloween party. Adding fabric curtains and toy characters creates a unique look

If you are interested in making one, here is a photo tutorial I found. It is written in Chinese, but the photos are detailed enough that you can follow along without needing to read anything at all!

Another fun idea is a pumpkin carousel! This one happens to be made from a false pumpkin so it can be reused year after year. Replace the witches with teacups, carousel horses, or whatever you fancy!

The internet is full of lots more interesting ideas! There have been a few Lolita pumpkins posted on EGL before with Brand logos etched into the pumpkin, such as this:

Or for a more Gothic approach, the Cheshire Cat from American McGee's Alice will protect your house from evil ghouls

So don't be afraid to experiment! Let your imagination take you to a wacky Halloween Town!