Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

A different way to "carve" a pumpkin

I guess it really isn’t carving, more scratching, but either way it is a fun project. If a pumpkin gets a little scratch it forms a scar. The second year that we grew pumpkins I thought it would be fun to manipulate that scarring process. I scratched WELCOME on one and our last name on another. I also did some that said GIVE THANKS to give as gifts to neighbors. I also have planted white pumpkins and scratched ghosts on them. I have used all sorts of things to scratch them from knives, to corn on the cob handle things, to toothpicks and skewers. I haven’t decided what works best. I think I will try my Dremel next. You need to scratch them when they are just starting to turn orange. They need to be on the vine and still growing for them to form scars. The deeper the scratch, the wider the scar.
These pictures aren’t the best. It was a few years before I started blogging and before I got a better camera. But you get the idea.

Last year I wanted to do something different. I happened to have enough pumpkins that were the right size to do stick figures of our family. I scratched lightly because I didn’t want to have it scar too much and loose the detail. Some of them could have been scratched a little more, but overall they turned out cute.
Here is dad.

I was pregnant at the time, so here is baby in utero.

And the whole family!
I kept them inside this time because the year they were on our porch they got stolen after only a few days. It made me mad to think they were probably smashed in a field somewhere thanks to some bored teenagers. We actually enjoyed them more being inside so it worked out!
If you have a pumpkin patch this is definitely worth a try.

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  1. Delia says

    THis is so unique and cool! I love it. I grew pumpkins last year but not this year. I will definitely try this the next time I grow pumpkins. :)

  2. Lizliterarius says

    I love these so much I blogged them! Thanks for sharing, I would never have thought of this! Now if I can just find the space to grow them in my condo… :-/

  3. Army Wife Quilter says

    I saw your post at someday crafts. I love it. I am so doing this that is when I next grow pumpkins. thanks for the fabulous unique idea. Happy Fall.

  4. Allison Shops says

    Cute pumpkins! Followed your link over from Fab Friday. Drop by Atticmag and leave a comment for your chance to win Roxy bedding for Giveaway Friday.


  5. Bella says

    Liza, NO WAY, this is the best idea ever. Customized pumpkins fresh off the vine. oh man, now to find a place to grow pumpkins, lol. I've found you thanks to TRACI, and her blog it forward sidebar. She is great, and thanks to her, I am your newest happy follower. Would you be a sweetheart and link these up to my new ** 6 weeks 2 Spook** party. It's all things halloween, and I WOULD LOVE to have you. ALso for ANY OTHER fun things or recipes you are working on, or have done, feel free to lin kup to my regular party. Looking forward to seeing more of your INCREDIBLE talents. THANKS, Bella :)

  6. Bella says

    That was super fast, THANK you for linking up, and I REALLY look forward to more stuff from you soon. Not just halloween, but any other fun stuff, I know you got it, so come on over and share. :))

  7. gnee @ Singing With Birds says

    Congratulations Liza! Your fabulous pumpkin post made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Come check it out, grab a button if you'd like and have a happy weekend.

  8. Bella says

    Liza, just wanted to let you know I FEATURED you today, so please come grab a FEATURED button. I so enjoyed this post, and look forward to seeing you back every week, with many more fun projects. Thanks again!!! Bella :)

  9. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says

    What a great idea! And a dremel would work great! I totally want to grow a pumpkin next year just for this! I'm featuring this on my blog today! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!