9.01.2011

How Does She: Pumpkin Scarring

Hello Everyone! We are so excited to be the ones to kick off this fun "Fall Fever" celebration!
Just to introduce us a little...we are HowDoesShe?
We are a site dedicated to finding out "How Does She?" by collaborating ideas on how to be the mothers, wives, and world-class women we want to be! We especially love this time of year and are very excited to share a new twist to traditional pumpkin carving: Pumpkin Scarring.

pumpkin scarring

When we moved into the house we are in now, the previous owners had some sweet little girls who'd been working hard on their pumpkin garden. They had plans to have a pumpkin selling stand on the corner near Halloween. They needed to make some money:) When they left, they asked us to take care of thier pumpkins and make sure they were watered.
...add a little stress to the move. Not only keep plants alive, but to help them grow too? HA! It's a good thing they are pumpkins and you don't have to do too much!
Missy came over and mentioned how they did

pumpkin scarring

with her kids one year and I should try it too. I'd never heard of it so why not try?
Pumpkin scarring is when you take the top layer of pumpkin skin off when the pumpkin is small and while the pumpkin grows the 'scar' will grow as well.

pumpkin scarring

One of the little girls who 'owned' this pumpkin patch was named Jilly, I tried it out on her's.
I took a pen to the pumpkin and did the best block letters I've done since Junior High. Remember when block letters were the cool thing? Oh wait you don't? Then never mind...

pumpkin scarring

Take an exact-o knife and cut around the letters. Not too deep. Just a little.

pumpkin scarring

Here is one with the other daughter's name, Livia. I also did one with the letter 'B' for Ben. I had to try it on a few just in case...I figured if they worked it would be really cool and if not I could go grab some more pumpkins at the store and pretend they were the ones from the garden:)

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See the thin layer that is peeled off? Keep it thin.

pumpkin scarring

Then let the month or month(s) roll by...and tada! One scarred pumpkin that has a name in it.
 This pumpkin is claimed by 'B' aka Ben.
 (Okay I know the pumpkin is small and didn't grow very much...at least I didn't' kill it)

pumpkin scarring

My little Buzz light year was so excited to take these to our Halloween party and give Livia, Ben and Jilly their pumpkins.

pumpkin scarring

It worked out great and next year my girls want to make sure to scar their pumpkins!

pumpkin scarring

Cute way to decorate a pumpkin non jack-o-lantern style so they can stay out through Thanksgiving!
Happy Scarring!
{For more fall & holiday season ideas, visit HowDoesShe.com! We'd love to have you!}

Aren't these ladies darling and what a great idea!
You still have 2 months until Halloween - Run out to your gardens and get scarring those pumpkins!! Also, remember to come back tomorrow - the Crafting Chicks are going to be here!!


1 comment:

Stacy said...

We have done this for the past 4 years at our house. We love it! It is so fun.

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