This is an easy step-by-step guide on how to carve your own 'Despicable Me' minion pumpkin for Halloween...(or whenever you want to do it!)
Please watch the video for a full and wonderful pumpkin experience!
Step 1: Find/Buy/Magic Up a Pumpkin
First, unsurprisingly, you will need a pumpkin! Whatever size you fancy is fine but a regular pumpkin shape (if there is such thing) will work best and be easiest to carve.
Step 2: Gather Your Tools
You don't need anything too fancy to do this design.
- A sharp kitchen knife
- A small flathead screwdriver
- Something to cover the table - e.g plastic or newspaper
- A pencil
- Drawing pin
Step 3: Hollow Out Your Pumpkin
Pumpkins are full of stuff that you don't really need and therefore you need to get out. Cut out the top using a sharp knife, angling it slightly inwards. Cut on a diagonal line so that when you have cut it out and place it back onto the pumpkin it won't just fall inside.
Then hollow out your pumpkin until it's nice and empty.
Step 4: Get Stencilling
Print out your stencil (if you are using one) and stick it onto your pumpkin.
Take your drawing pin and stab through the paper along the lines of the design to mark it out onto the pumpkin. Peel off the stencil. If you want to at this point you could also join the dots of the pin holes with a pencil so you can clearly see where you are going to be cutting.
If you are a confident good artist you might just want to draw your design straight onto the pumpkin.
Here's the link to the stencil I used in this video - http://188.8.131.52/ds_img_direct.php?i=kjbkjbkj...
Step 5: Start Carving!
Take your time and start to carve out along the lines you have marked out.
On this design you'll need to be particularly careful cutting around the eyes and eyebrows as they are only separated by thin bits of pumpkin.
It might be a bit tricky to begin with but you'll soon get used to it and begin to feel like a carving pro.
This took me roughly 45 minutes to do.
Step 6: Show Off Your Pumpkin
When you have finished and tidied up any loose bits take a moment to admire what you've done!
Step 7: Stick a Candle in It!
Truly enjoy the beauty you have created by placing a candle inside and letting that minion glow.