The Small Things of Life is back!


Hello everyone,

I am so sorry that the last few weeks I have not been around, I have been poorly and I didn’t want to post substandard posts just for the sake of it.  I am now feeling much better but am still going to be doing a slight reduced amounts of posts whilst I recover.  The posts will be on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

So here is my first post this week, its a little halloween inspired considering it has just passed.  I have lots of nieces and nephews and we had them all over for a birthday party and whilst we were there we decided to get them making some spooky pumpkins.  As they are all quite little we printed out some templates, they chose which one they wanted and off we went.  I have never carved a pumpkin before so this was a first for everyone!

Firstly we had to cut the tops so they had a lid, I would strongly advise an adult doing this part as they can be a little tough.  Next is scooping out the inside of your pumpkin, for little children what we found was if you loosened the middle and then they scoop it out this works the best.  We used a plastic washing up bowl and a tablecloth as it is very sticky and seems to get everywhere!  Once they have scooped the middle just give it a little scoop round yourself so you can only see white inside.

Next is the fun part which is the drawing of the face, you can find many templates for free online and they vary from very scary to slightly scary so you can adjust the level accordingly.  Depending how old your carvers are you can draw the template or they can.  Next is the cutting out and making the lantern.  We decided for safety we would cut it out but the children could push the pumpkin out so they were still involved without injury!

We don’t like having candles in our house as it is very old so we decided to go to Lakeland and get some electric light this has many advantages, you can switch it on and off the lantern can last longer for them and also can substitute a night light.

This is the result of our carving what do you think?  Have you carved pumpkins before? Share your experiences and pictures below 🙂




  1. November 7, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I love these kind of pumpkins that kids carve, it brings the magic back into it rather than those professional style carvings you see all over the internet!! 🙂 xx

    • November 8, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      It’s so much fun and super easy to do ?

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