While you are getting your home ready for Halloween with cool decorations, it’s also a good idea to involve yourself in carving some quirky jack-o’-lanterns. Carve something that’ll show your love for pets. You can give a try to dog pumpkin carvings, the latest trend that can add a unique focal point to your Halloween décor. All you need is an artistic hand, and a bit of patience.
People from all across the globe are coming up with paw-inspiring dog-o’-lanterns that are stealing all the attention. Most of these carvings are intricate and you will be enticed to make one for yourself.
How To Carve a Dog-O’-Lantern
First off, you need a decent-sized pumpkin and a drawing of your furry friend. For the latter, you can either create a stencil from a picture of your dog or if you are good at sketching, draw it directly onto the pumpkin.
Clear pumpkin from the inside (just like any other pumpkin carving) to create a hollow space.
Thereafter, carefully cut out the portions which define the dog’s face or body (depending on the carving).
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To create shadows, scrap the surface of the pumpkin so that it creates a diffused lighting effect. The more detailing you put into the carving, the better it will look when lighted up.
DIY Dog-O’-Lantern Ideas
Here are some good examples of dog-o’-lantern carvings made by different people.
# Pomeranian Dog-O’-Lantern
Andy Manoloff from Elkhart, Indiana has carved this amazing pumpkin which looks like his Pomeranian dog Sophie. The detailing on this dog-o’-lantern is worth appreciating as Andy put a lot of effort into making it.
# Husky Pumpkin Carving
Gone to the Snow Dogs is a YouTube channel dedicated to the love for Siberian Huskies. And, their love is evident in this amazing dog pumpkin carving created by them. By making a stencil from the picture of one of their handsome huskies, the base for the carving was finalized.
People who love pugs, love them down to the bottom of their hearts. What’s better than making a pug-o’-lantern to show your love for the cute little buddy? Doug The Pug has created this dog pumpkin carving which they call the Pug-O’-Lantern. This one too is carved using a stencil.
# Golden Retrieval Pumpkin Carving
Who doesn’t love golden retrievers? We all do, and for all of you who want to carve a dog-o’-lantern the easy way, this is the perfect example. This carving doesn’t require pro-level artistic skills, as it is very easy to craft. Once you light up the candle inside this dog-o’-lantern, it looks nothing less than impressive.
# Alfred Dog-O’-Lantern
Life with Alfred is a blog dedicated to a dog’s life, and as a first-person account, it depicts how to showcase unconditional love for your pooch. Although they haven’t elaborated on the carving process, you can get a fair idea of how to carve this one by just looking at the pictures.
Julie Life, a high school science teacher living near Newport, Ore made this dog-o’-lantern dubbed Jack-O’-Lassie when her husband asked her to carve a pumpkin for a local carving contest. It took her about four hours to complete the carving that is the replication of their English Mastiff, Brutus.