From the girl who loves Pinterest, but sorta hates doing crafts about 30 seconds into making a craft, comes the Halloween Orange Jack-O’-Lantern. This could not be easier, takes a total of maybe 5 minutes, and the results are adorable. I mean, look at that little guy – so cute! I think they would be perfect for a Halloween party, or lining the steps of your house for trick or treaters.
I have to give credit to my cousin, who had made Orange Jack-O’-Lanterns with her sons for a fall camping trip. They were so cute, all little and glowing. She mentioned they were super easy, so I decided to see if I could recreate the results at home. Turns out, I could, easily!
Here are the step-by-steps to get your own sweet little Halloween Orange Jack-O’-Lantern.
Halloween Orange Jack-O’-Lantern
You will need:
- Oranges (look for large ones)
- Metal spoon (a serving or tablespoon works well)
- Small knife or pumpkin carving tools
- Tea light candles
- Being by cutting a small, round circle in the top of your orange. It should be big enough to get a spoon into, not much larger. Remove the circle, cut off the orange flesh and save as the lid.
- Begin scooping the flesh of the orange out. This will be slightly difficult at first, but keep working until the flesh begins to peel away the way an orange normally would. You can put the orange guts in a bowl and eat as you go along.
- Once your orange is all clean inside, make your design and carve with a knife or pumpkin carving tool.
- Place a tea light inside your orange, replace orange’s lid.
- Light candle and enjoy the cuteness!
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I’m dog sitting (again!) this week. I’m with two cute and cuddly poodles, in the house of what I would call an elegant minimalist. Everything has a place here, everything is intentional, and the lack of clutter is admirable. The decorations and knick knacks are restrained, far from my typical holiday Dollar Tree decor. Every here and there around the house you get a whiff of Easter, mostly in bowl filled with beautiful Easter eggs. As I get older, and without kids, the holidays that aren’t the big ones, or the ones that don’t involve all day drinking, are something I’m starting to overlook. I don’t think I own any Easter decorations, and we all know the only Easter eggs I have around are the ones that wouldn’t last long in a bowl.
It’s a little bit sad to realize the traditions that you looked forward to as a kid don’t have the same special meaning to you as an adult without kids. I remember so many Saturdays before Easter coloring eggs with my family. We always made sure to make an “ugly egg” at the end – one that got dipped in every color of dye. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the traditions – I still do, but I’m not going to go to all the work to decorate, or bake a bunch of special goodies – my pants are ready for all that extra jelly.
I was browsing through Facebook today when a co-worker came in and said he’s been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. I browsed to the site and was instantly hooked on how many creative and awesome Easter pins there were. So…I decided if I’m not going to decorate or make anything special for Easter, I can at least write a blog post on the 20 Coolest Easter Ideas and Recipes on Pinterest. Things that I appreciate and admire for their creativity, but things it’s doubtful I’ll soon try. Enjoy!
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