Punching Pumpkins

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Have you ever stumbled upon an idea that made you wonder why you’d never thought of it yourself? That’s what happened to me the other day. I found this. Yes, at first glance it is a fairly complicated tutorial on pumpkin carving. But scroll down…to the part that says “Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Carving.”

That’s right, cookie cutters.

This could not have been easier. First, we cut the top off our pumpkin and scooped out the seeds and the stringy stuff with a metal spoon. OK, that could have been easier but so far I haven’t figured out how – please leave a comment if you know a pumpkin-cleaning shortcut!

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Next, we chose a few metal cookie cutters. We used smallish ones on a large pumpkin, so the cookie cutters fit on a reasonably flat part of the pumpkin. Grab a hammer, and have at it! I tapped the cookie cutter in the first ½ inch or so, and then gave Amelia the hammer. Other than a smashed pumpkin, what could go wrong?

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Nothing went wrong. Not even a hammered finger. In most cases, once the cookie cutter was flush with the surface of the pumpkin, we could just tap the center with the hammer and pop out the shape.  For a few shapes, we touched up the edges with a knife, but overall this was very easy, and a good opportunity for Amelia to practice safely using a hammer.

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And what about all those Halloween-shaped pumpkin pieces? Good pie!

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