Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pumpkins for Samhain

Martha Stewart has some lovely pumpkin ideas for Samhain / Halloween.  Here are three of my favorites for fellow Druids.

Every year my husband and I make traditional turnip jack-o-lanterns.  The Irish really made these, so I feel a special connection to my ancient ancestors when I do this craft.  Get some pointers here.  These are believed to help scare away some of the more nasty spirits taking advantage of the parted veil.  There is also a possibility that they are a carryover from head hunting.

I don't know about you, but I love Celtic knots.  This looks challenging but I know I would feel super accomplished after!  There are two templates for download here.

Finally, some toadstool pumpkins!  How adorable and whimsical are they?!  I also love the swirl pattern on the wee pumpkin guard in front of the biggest shroom.  More tips for this project can be found here.

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  1. Such cute ideas. I love the mushroom pumpkins. Thanks for sharing them. I've made turnip and rutabaga jack o lanterns before, but not since the kids have been born. Pumpkins are just so much easier!

  2. They are easier. If we ever have children, I probably wouldn't let them carve a turnip until they were bigger and had more coordination...