Tools and Materials
Two dozen 6-inch skewers
Child-safe pumpkin-carving saw
Round wood gouge
Gather some natural objects for decorating and for facial features: We used almonds, carrots, pearberries, pear leaves, pine cones, oak leaves, pumpkin seeds, gourds, hazelnuts, chrysanthemums, and radishes for eyes, ears, noses, mouths, and hair.
Gourd Family How-To
1. To make the bodies, select pumpkins in a range of sizes, stack, and secure them to one another with skewers.
2. To make faces, trace the object you will use for each feature onto pumpkin with wax pencil, then cut and scoop out a slightly smaller opening. Lay object on the opening, and press to wedge it in. Poke holes for small objects such as twigs and leaf stems using skewers or toothpicks. Push in staples to hold hair, such as dad's comb-over.
3. For the dad's glasses, twist a 2-foot-long twig; tie in place through the lenses with waxed twine. For the mom's apron, tie Swiss chard onto twine.
4. For the child's hat, an adult should cut a small pumpkin in half horizontally and scallop the edge of the top using the wood gouge.