Best Pumpkin Carving Trick Ever

This pumpkin carving tip is so simple, but it will seriously change the way you carve your jack-o-lantern forever!  You’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t think of this awesome, little Halloween hack before now.

Let me ask you a question: When you carve your pumpkin, do you cut off the top of the pumpkin to get to the guts?   I think most people do, and it’s how I always did it until a few years ago.  Welllllll……  not anymore!

A couple of years back, it occurred to me to try something different, and I think it really is the best pumpkin carving tip ever!

For starters, it’s a very quick and easy way to gut a pumpkin.

It’s also much less messy than the traditional carving method because the guts pretty much come out in one fell swoop but BEST of all… when you carve your pumpkin this way, it makes lighting the candle SO much easier.

Simple pumpkin hack


I cut off the BOTTOM of the pumpkin instead of the top!

best way to carve a pumpkin

 That’s right, you cut off the BOTTOM.  Seriously.  Don’t you wish you’d thought of this years ago?

No more wrestling to get a lit candle down into the bottom of the pumpkin or struggling to light a candle that you’ve already placed inside!

how to carve a pumpkin

Simply cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, and remove that piece for good.  Most of the guts will be pulled out with it, so you’ll only have to give your pumpkin a quick scrape on the inside.

Now, go ahead and carver your jack-o-lantern like you usually would.


Simply set your pumpkin over top of a lit candle!

And check out how we decorated our pumpkin this year!  No scary faces here!  I pulled out he power drill and a large bit, and riddled it with holes!  Isn’t it pretty?

drilling holes in a pumpkin


best way to cut a hole in pumpkin

What do you think?  This sure makes the whole pumpkin thing a bit easier doesn’t it?

However, if you prefer a more traditional jack-o-lantern, here’s a treat for you: over 700 FREE carving stencils for you to get creative with!   More than enough to get you and your entire family through a life-time of pumpkin carving!

30 Homemade Ornaments for the Kids

Thirty homemade ornaments to make with your kids for keepsakes this Christmas, or just for fun!

I especially love the globe ornaments, so I even included a section of just those!

Six keepsake ornaments. Ten globe ornaments. And even fourteen homemade ornaments that the kids can make!

So call the kids over as you scroll through these and decide which ornament you’ll make today! [And then choose another to make tomorrow! I think you'll have enough to do one each day until Christmas!]


keepsake ornaments:

Salt Dough Handprints, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids Wrapped photo, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids
Salt Dough Handprints:
Under the Table & Dreaming
Wrapped Up Photo:
Toddler Approved
Time Capsule Ornaments, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids Shell vacation keepsake
Time Capsule Ornament:
Cleverly Inspired
Shell Vacation Keepsake:
Paint Cut Paste
Salt Dough Initial Ornament, 1 of the 30 homemade ornaments for kids Handprint snowman ornament
Salt Dough Initials:
The Imagination Tree
Handprint Snowman:
Little Bit Funky

globe ornaments:

Marble painted ornament Drip painted ornament
Marble Painted:
Kids Activities Blog
Drip Painted Ornament:
Pom Pom Ball Ornament Gum Drop Ornament
Pom Pom Ball:
Zakka Life
Gum Drop Ornament:
Six in the Suburbs
Snow filled ornament Reindeer ornament
Snow Filled Globe:
According to Kelly
Reindeer Ornament:
Little Wonders’ Days
Sequined ball homemade ornament Fabric scrap homemade ornament
Sequinned Ball:
Kid Giddy
Fabric Scrap Ornament:
Zakka Life
I Spy Ornament Marshmallow snowman ornament
‘I Spy’ Ornament:
Craft Goodies
Marshmallow Snowman:
Craft Goodies

homemade ornaments by the kids:

beaded snowflake ornament Stained glass ornament
Beaded Snowflake:
School Time Adventures
Stained Glass Gingerbread:
Paper baubles Homemade salt dough tree ornaments
Paper Baubles:
Red Ted Art
Salt Dough Trees:
The Imagination Tree
Glittery pine cone ornaments Beaded star
Glittery Pine Cones:
Mom Spotted
Beaded Star:
Mrs. Picasso’s Art Room
Woven cardboard stars Crystal Snowflake Ornaments
Woven Cardboard Stars:
The Crafty Crow
Borax Crystal Snowflakes:
Happy Birdycake
Sewn felt star ornament Popsicle Star Ornament
Sewn Felt Star:
Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes:
The Crafting Chicks
Flared Christmas tree ornaments Button Christmas Tree Ornament
Flared Christmas Trees:
The Ki Blog
Button Christmas Tree:
hands on : as we grow
[guest post by Toddler Approved]
Foam Santa Ornament Popsicle stick tree ornament
Foam Santa Ornament:
Toddler Approved
Popsicle Stick Tree:
Mom Spotted


19 Easy And Adorable Animal Snacks To Make With Kids

Babysitters and parental units, meet your new secret snack weapon.

Snack time doesn’t have to be boring. You can make it more interesting by taking the snack and turning it in to an animal. Children love animals, and they are sure to laugh when they see your creation. You can then help them make these animal snacks for their friends. This is also an excellent project to perform with a preschool or kindergarten class.

1. Turn a banana into a pretzel-legged caterpillar.

Turn a banana into a pretzel-legged caterpillar.

Use peanut butter to stick banana slices together, then add pretzel stick legs. Hello, friend!

2. Cauliflower + olives = sheep.

Cauliflower + olives = sheep.

Just hangin’ on on the ranch. Get it!?

3. Apple + grapes cut in half = octopus.

Apple + grapes cut in half = octopus.

Or, if you run out of grapes, septopus. In other news: Don’t you sometimes wish your teeth were actually chocolate chips?

4. Or a sweet turtle.

Or a sweet turtle.

The details.

5. Hot dogs also make excellent octopi.

Hot dogs also make excellent octopi.

Here’s how.

6. Eggs make great chicks.

Eggs make great chicks.

Use carrots for the beak and sprinkles for the eyes.

7. Clementines were basically born to be snails.

Clementines were basically born to be snails.


8. A banana and a peanut butter sandwich will get the job done, too.

A banana and a peanut butter sandwich will get the job done, too.

9. All a strawberry needs to be a mouse is a string cheese tail and almond ears.

All a strawberry needs to be a mouse is a string cheese tail and almond ears.

A little Triscuit bed doesn’t hurt, either. Deets here.