I found Nemo lol! For my granddaughter’s first Halloween, I wanted to make her a special pumpkin. I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually carved a pumpkin. Where we live the houses are so spaced, being farm country, that we don’t get any kids trick or treating so I have just forgone the practice of pumpkin carving.
When my two were little, I swear they thought I was omnipotent because they thought I could make any sort of costume they wanted and carve any sort of pumpkin they wanted. Luckily my kids were easily appeased and whatever I came up with, they were more than happy with! I think My favourite was the year I did Bert & Ernie pumpkins. As with Nemo pumpkin I did this morning, they were a combination of carving and painting to get the desired effect…. and some black wool for the character’s “hair.” It was fun and the kids loved them. I guess I had better get my pumpkin carving game back on track for my grandchild/grandchildren lol!!!!
Here is my Nemo Pumpkin!!!
As with any carved pumpkin, I start by removing the pumpkin “guts.” I should have waited a little bit before I started because Chris was nosing around and said, “You ARE planning on keeping the seeds and cooking them….. right?” I guess you will be getting a follow up post in the next day or so with pumpkin seeds lol!
I found a picture of Nemo online and printed it so I would have his eyes to trace onto the pumpkin. I figured that would be the hardest part to draw on AND have them even.
I carved out around the eyes and mouth and cut some “fins” out of the side of the pumpkin for Nemo.
And then started to paint…..
I decided to do thin black lines around the eyes and mouth to make them “pop” when he wasn’t lit.
Then it was time to assemble him. I just used toothpicks to attach the fins to the openings I cut them from. Easy to push through the pumpkin skin and easy to remove for them to take Nemo home.
Here is Nemo before I put a candle inside of him.
And this is how Nemo looks with his candle glowing inside…. all ready for Halloween night!!!!