How to Carve a Largemouth Bass in a Pumpkin

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Any fisherman or sea-enthusiast would love to have an ocean-themed Halloween pumpkin. Carving a largemouth bass into your next jack-o-lantern provides an interesting twist to traditional pumpkin-carving themes and may inspire visitors and neighbors to admire your creativity. In fact, creating a largemouth bass pumpkin make make you famous; you'll be known as the neighbor with great carving skills.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium- to large-sized pumpkin
  • Largemouth bass template
  • Sharp knife
  • Masking tape
  • Toothpick
  • Spoon or scooping tool
  • Protective covering
  • Washcloth
  • Find a flat, stable surface and cover it with some sort of protective covering, such as newspapers or a plastic table cloth, to ensure the pumpkin does not stain your furniture. Wipe down the pumpkin with a slightly damp washcloth to remove any traces of dirt and let dry.

  • Cut a circle on the top of the pumpkin around the stem area that is large enough to fit your hand inside. Use your spoon or scoop to remove the seeds, pulp and flesh of the pumpkin. Dispose of these materials but save the initial top circle you carved to act as a lid once you place a candle inside your finished product.

  • Print a largemouth bass template from an Internet site and use masking tape to attach it to the side of the pumpkin you wish to carve. Use the toothpick to poke a tracing of the design onto the pumpkin, then remove the piece of paper and tape. You should now see an exact copy of the paper design on the pumpkin.

  • Use a sharp knife to cut around the tracing of the design. Start with the large chunks and work on smaller details at the end. If necessary, use a smaller knife for the fine detail work.

  • Add a light source to your pumpkin. Traditional candles or battery powered candles both work. Be sure to blow out real candles and turn off battery-powered candles before going to sleep or leaving the house unattended. Display your creation on a secure flat surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a thin layer of Vaseline to the exposed areas of the pumpkin's flesh to prevent it from turning brown.
  • Be sure a parent is available to supervise children in any pumpkin carving project, since it is unsafe for children to use knives without guidance.

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