The five spookiest archaeological discoveries? That’s been done to death, so this halloween we thought we’d go for something a little bit more original… archaeology-inspired pumpkin-carving! Here’s how to make your very own Pumpkin Henge.
After a conversation at DigVentures HQ about Halloween, we were inspired to carve our pumpkins with an archaeology theme. After some deliberation, we decided that Stonehenge was the perfect subject; pumpkins are roundish, Stonehenge is roundish – clearly it was meant to be.
Deciding which method of carving the Sarsens made the most sense required some planning and sketching out of the stones, we definitely fudged the dimensions but the layout is mostly accurate… ish.
1. Start by sketching Stonehenge onto the pumpkin
2. Scoop out the pumpkin’s brains (you can even save the seeds to make a tasty snack with them later)
4. Carve out all the little fiddly bits (i.e., the spaces between the stones, not the stones themselves – you’ll see why later)
5. If you’re the type of person who truly delights in ridiculous craft projects, you can level up and get another smaller pumpkin to put inside your first pumpkin to add an inner ring of standing stones. Just sketch out the inner circle like this…
6. Then, after considerably less time than it took to make the original, and having only had to move the raw materials from Sainsbury’s Local instead of all the way from Wales, your Pumpkin Henge is finished… almost
7. All you have to do now is turn out the lights, light the candle and…
8. Voila! You can stand back, admire your pumpkin and the stunning Stonehenge shadows she casts. Isn’t she a beauty?
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