Once upon a pumpkin
If you are a writer or an avid reader, you'll want to put the storybook pumpkin at the top of your fall to-do crafts list. If you've written a short story, poem or a book, this project is a creative, and eye catching way to showcase your work at book signings or other public events, or to delight your family and guests at home.
All you need to make a storybook pumpkin is a plump pumpkin, and a sharpie marker. As you can see in the photograph, I used an orange pumpkin, but a white one would yield a greater contrast. Select a mysterious, exciting, scary or action-packed paragraph or two from a favorite book or poem. I used a couple of paragraphs from a story that I wrote. If you have a writer in the family, feature their work.
Place the pumpkin in the kitchen sink and gently scrub with a soapy, wet cloth to remove soil. Rinse with water and place on a towel. Dry thoroughly.
Set the pumpkin on a stool or counter. Start writing the selected title and text at the top of the pumpkin with a black sharpie marker. Turn the pumpkin as you write large, flowing cursive, a line at a time around the entire pumpkin, dropping down slightly as you arrive at the starting point, continuing to wrap your story around the pumpkin in a spiral.
Display your pumpkin for all to see. We gave this one a traditional, early American look, placing it on a colonial towel. Now the fun part. Try reading the story on your pumpkin to family and friends.
Equally important to me is that by not carving this pumpkin, I can still bake it at a later date and use the tasty seeds and pumpkin inside for all my favorite pumpkin recipes: pumpkin bread, pancakes, pumpkin butter, and more. (See our recipe index for pumpkin recipes.)
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living,
a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac, the author of Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success and the cookbook, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats.
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