Melted Crayon Pumpkin – October 2017
- Spread out newspaper/drop cloth covering a large area
- Peel the paper off the crayons
- Break the crayons in half
- Glue about 16 crayon pieces using tacky glue to the pumpkin
- You made need to put a push pin at the bottom of the crayon to hold the crayon in place until the tacky glue dries
- Place the crayons next to each other to get better melted coverage
- After the glue has dried, remove push pins (if used)
- Use a hair dryer to melt the crayons
- It will take a moment or two for the crayon to start melting but when it does it can splatter so be careful.
- The wax will harden as it cools.
- Throw away the newspaper/drop cloth and enjoy your pumpkin
Melting crayons can be really messy so beware.
Some crayons melt much faster than others.
While melting the crayon, it will go from dull to shiny and then melt.
The Care and Feeding of Jack O’Lanterns – October 2017
DIY Pumpkin Preserving Wash
- 2 gallons of warm water
- 3 cups of bleach
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- Petroleum jelly
- White craft glue
1. In a large bucket or bin, pour your warm water, vinegar, and bleach in. Stir well. Place your pumpkins prior to cutting them into the wash. Allow them to soak for one hour then remove. The water will hydrate the pumpkin, the vinegar cleans away dirt, while the bleach kills bacteria that would love to eat the pumpkin.
2. Carve the pumpkin as you normally would. When done, place it back into the bleach and water wash. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
3. When you remove your pumpkin, dry it well. Apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the cuts of the pumpkins. For example, the eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Last, pour some white glue into the pumpkin. Use your fingers or a paint brush to spread a layer of the glue on the inside. This will help seal in moisture.
Once your glue is dry, your pumpkin can now be displayed. Add petroleum jelly to the carved areas each day to keep the pumpkin looking fresh and to avoid dryness.
Other Suggestions for Preservation
Did you know that you can reuse those silica packets that you find in new shoes? Save them and place them in your pumpkin after carving it as they have preserving properties. You don’t need to tear the pack open, just place it inside whole. Remove before lighting your pumpkin.
The longer the stem is on a pumpkin, the longer the pumpkin will last. The stem contains a great deal of nutrients that it is continuing to feed the pumpkin, so the healthier the stem, the healthier the pumpkin. Avoid pumpkins where the stem has been broken off or severely cracked
Soak your pumpkin in water for 12 hours after you carve it (face side down). It will extend the life of your carved pumpkins. You can do this in your kitchen sink or in your bath tub
You can also add 1 tsp of bleach to 1 gallon of water if you want. The bleach will help kill bacteria and delay decay and help your pumpkin stay fresher longer.
Pat your pumpkin dry and then brush the inside and around all of the carvings with 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar diluted in 1 quart of water. Use a pastry brush to apply or you can place the mixture in a clean spray bottle and lightly spray your pumpkin.
Another tip is to rub petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the cut edges of your carving, it will help it from drying out. If you place a lit candle inside your pumpkin be sure to coat the lid with ground cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. It makes for a great smell.