Every carver desires to make their Halloween pumpkin last longer. The pumpkin, just like any other organic material, is doomed to die. There are ways to prolong the life of your art, but these tricks can help.
How to make your Halloween pumpkin last for longer
When you dry your pumpkin, it is the most durable. This requires patience and foresight. It is very rare to succeed with a sledgehammer approach in an oven or under the blazing sunlight.
- Once the pumpkins have been harvested in autumn, you should store them in a dry and warm place for at least a few months. It is important that there is no excessive humidity in the room. For example, a boiler room is a good choice. The temperature should range from 59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Clean the pumpkins with warm water and a little dish soap before you start. Allow the pumpkins to dry completely. The liquid will drain faster if you make small holes in the pumpkins.
- If possible, place the pumpkin in a mesh net so that air can reach it from all sides. Hang the net on the ceiling. Each pumpkin should have its own net. Do not leave the pumpkins to dry on their own.
- You can create the perfect Jack-o’-lantern by carving the pumpkin from dried fruit. Then you spray acrylic or paint spray on top. This method can even keep a Halloween pumpkin dry for many years.
You can extend the durability of a pumpkin by using it fresh for carving.
- Use acrylic paint spray or paint spray to spray the pumpkin from the inside and out. Alternatively, you can use hair lacquer. You will need to spray the pumpkin about every two-three days.
- It doesn’t matter whether you used paint spray or hair laquer, it should be completely dry before lighting a candle to light in your pumpkin. These types of compounds can be flammable.
- To preserve your Halloween pumpkin for several days, you can use vaseline or beeswax. This gives your pumpkin a beautiful shine.
- However, even with these methods, you won’t get more than three to four weeks from a freshly carved pumpkin.