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The best way to do this is to get as many pumpkins as you like and decide what characters you want to carve. You really don;t have to carve them all, extra is always better!

For this year I decided to go Star Wars!! Besides being a big fan, I thought "why not give it a go!"

The whole project took 3 days to complete.

I started with Yoda. I paid £1 for this pumpkin at the local fruit and veg shop. Never seen a white pumpkin before. (Oh, it was green inside by the way. And smells just as bad as the rest!)

I didn't empty pumpkin, just started carving. I find the center if the pumpkin where I want the nose to go. Roughly measure the top if the head to the bottom of the chin and mark it off on the front of the pumpkin with my craft knife.

I sometimes have a picture of other projects people have done to help. Making sure I carve a little bit at a time until i end up satisfied with the lines (facial shape, position of nose and lips).

Always walk away for a couple of minutes and then look back at your project. You can do this until you are happy!

This topk about 4 hours to carve

Tools used: Craft knife (for fine detail), kitchen knife (cut the top), blunted rounded saw blade (to help shape and empty the content), Veg slicer (take the front layer off the pumpkin).

Step 1: Walk Away Then Come Back - Yoda

Don't force yourself to get this finished in a short period of time. Perfection takes time!

You can always take a little bit more off here and there until you are happy. Always refer to your model or drawing.

I then carved out the content, throwing it away Sorry. For this I use a saw blade (blunted down, obviously!) hold my hand on the front of the carving so I can feel the pressure of the blade, ensuring I don't push all the way through ruining my hard work.

I always add a little vent whole in the top of the pumpkin, you mist make sure your candle can breathe. TIP This helps you with the fine detailing.

You'll be amazed, fining yourself staring for a while.

Tools used: Craft knife (for fine detail), kitchen knife (cut the top), blunted rounded saw blade (to help shape and empty the content), Veg slicer (take the front layer off the pumpkin).

Step 2: Darth Maul

And on to the next punpkin. Decided on Darth Maul.

Same as Yoda, I look at different pictures and for pumpkins people haven't really done before. Adding my own little flare to the design.

Always look at the lines on the initial inspirational piece, drawing or model and carve away.

I really had to take time with this one. Took about 5 hours to complete.

Look twice and cut once, you only get the one chance so make sure you only take a small amount off each time.

I carved out the content after I had completed the front. Remember to hold the front of your pumpkin and only apply light pressure when removing the back of the design. This way you dont press to hard and ruin your work. BE CAREFUL!!

Tools used: Craft knife (for fine detail), kitchen knife (cut the top), blunted rounded saw blade (to help shape and empty the content), Veg slicer (take the front layer off the pumpkin).

Step 3: Darth Maul - Finished

I followed the same process, waited till I was happy with the outside. Cut the top of the pumpkin and emptied the content.

Its amazing when you add the candle inside, the detail takes on a whole different level.

Instead of cutting into his face i just sliced into make the make of the make up. The cape was done using my saw blade, taking dow the layers until I was happy.

I do think he looks better in the light though!

Tools used: Craft knife (for fine detail), kitchen knife (cut the top), blunted rounded saw blade (to help shape and empty the content), Veg slicer (take the front layer off the pumpkin).

Step 4: Star Wars Logo

For this I had a picture up on my laptop to show the logo. Used the craft knife to mark out the lettering and sliced diagnaltowards the center line of each letter until it resembled the picture.

Once I had carved the logo I carved out the content. I used the saw for this, it's curved and I can control how deep the section I am cutting off, so it's not too deep.

I added this to the previous pumpkins and had a think over night of what to do next.

This one only took about half an hour.

Once the candle was lit inside it helped a great deal. Rather proud!

Tools used: Craft knife (for fine detail), kitchen knife (cut the top), blunted rounded saw blade (to help shape and empty the content), Veg slicer (take the front layer off the pumpkin).

Step 5: R2d2 and BB8

Though I was missing more good guys! And having a weakness for these cute little fellas, I had to have a go.

Started with R2d2, I roughley marked out the width to show myslef how much I had to work with. Cut each section matching it up with my little model until I had the desired shape.

For the markings I used the craft knife to mark it off and made tiny slice marks to show the detail. This shows a great deal when you add the candle light inside. Promotes the depth too!

I did the same for BB8 , but unfortunately didn't get s pic of this. I was really focused and didn't think sorry.

Again, I emptied the content and added the candles, used two for this.

The whole carving for this pumpkin took 5 hours.

Tools used: Craft knife (for fine detail), kitchen knife (cut the top), blunted rounded saw blade (to help shape and empty the content), Veg slicer (take the front layer off the pumpkin).

Step 6: Star Wars Pumpkins - Finished Project

Once I'd completed the carvings, it was time to sit back light the candles and enjoy.

I do hope you like them as much as I do and I have't bored you too much with my rambling. It takes a lot of hard work, but when you see what you've achieved it's work it.

Can't wait for the next film to come out!

Happy Halloween to you all!

This is my first upload, I can feel a few more to come.

<p>I think it great.</p>
<p>Thank you very much ?</p>
Let the force awaken!!!
<p>Beautifully carved pumpkins! </p>
Thank you very much!

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