This Halloween we’re paying tribute to our hometown with a beautiful and brilliant London pumpkin inspired by our classic London print, for a cool creative twist on the classic Halloween lantern. Simply sketch the iconic London skyline onto your pumpkin using our template as a guide (or another scene of your choosing), carefully carve out the details, then add tea lights to cast a twinkly glow!
You will need
Lino cutting tool
Drill and range of different sized drill bits
To make a London pumpkin
Pick the best side of the pumpkin for the front of your London scene. The London Eye will go in the centre, so use a small glass or cup (about 8cm) to draw a circle in pencil (we drew ours in pen for clarity!) onto the skin. Use the edge of a piece of card as a ruler to add lines like spokes across the circle, dividing it into eight segments.
Draw on the other landmarks around the London Eye – use the template provided as a guide if you like but do follow the natural lines of the pumpkin or it will look wonky (we found this out the hard way!) The skyline doesn’t need to go all the way round your London pumpkin (1.) Score around the outline of the London scene using a sharp knife – don’t dig too deep, you don’t want to completely cut it out. For the London Eye, score a line around the circle and another just inside it. Do the same for the spokes across it (2.)
Use the lino cutter tool to dig away the top layer of pumpkin skin from the buildings (3.) Pull the strips out of the London Eye. Go all the way down to the base of the pumpkin (4.) You can rub a little Vaseline onto the exposed flesh to prevent it from discolouring.
Cut out the lid for the pumpkin. Hold the knife at an angle, pointing inwards, when cutting. This will ensure the lid fits back on once scooped. Remove the seeds and soft flesh, then scrape away some of the inside of the pumpkin to make the outer wall thinner.
Now this is the fun bit! Select a small drill bit (about 5mm) and make holes all over the pumpkin to resemble stars. Then add windows onto the buildings. Use a larger drill bit (about 10mm) to make the pods on the London Eye. Pop your tea lights in and your London pumpkin is ready to glow! Add two or three candles for extra twinkle.
Want a kid-friendly, no carve pumpkin project for Halloween? Take a look at our cute Forest Animals-inspired pumpkins here. You’ll find even more crafty projects for kids and grown ups here on the blog.
With thanks to Little Button Diaries for their clever way with a pumpkin!