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Pumpkins At Michaels

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Heads-up.

I just bought 8 solid pumpkins at Michaels at 1/2 price. They are similar to Funkins but seem to be more rubbery rather than crispy, foam rather than blowmold. The 9" was $6.50, 10.5" for $10 and there's a 12" for perhaps $12 and a 5" for , well, less.

I'm going to try to carve them with a Dremel with a roto-zip bit. I'll let you know how it works.

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They work just fine and the ones I got last year look like they were never outside. They were inexpensive, a multitude of sizes and colors, and they worked fine with a low wattage bulb inside.

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My experience with Michael's artificial pumpkins is that they tend to chip A LOT easier than the Fun-Kins do. Also, the Fun-kins seem to look more realistic when carved. IMO anyway!

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I used these pumpkins before.I find the 1 thing bad is that some of them show a shadow in the wrong spot ie: around the middle instead of the length of the seam.Found that out the hard way. I usually cut a hole underneath for a c7 bulb to light them. When I 1st started carving them I would put my pattern 1st,cut then light.Now I cut hole light & make sure I don't have shadow before I place my pattern.

Below pic shows 2 of mine - Isaac in front of Frankenstein & coca-cola to the right. The coke pumpkin is the 1st I carved.Neither of the 2 are carved all the way thru.Notice how the coke pumpkin has a lil shadow.BTW I used a dremel on them but found the versa tool works great too.

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The Fun-Kins show NO seams/shadows WHATSOEVER! The only place where the light escapes is where you carve! Yet another reason why I only go with Fun-Kins!

Here's an example of my arch. All these Jack-o-Lanterns are Fun-Kins and each one is lit with a single C9 bulb! In the picture, the lights are on at 100%. Notice NO shadows/seams showing or light showing through the walls of the pumpkins!

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The bodies of the Fun-Kins are made as one whole piece with the stem sometimes part of the mold, sometimes added in later. Almost all of them have a hole in the bottom all ready for a light. ALL of these Fun-Kins on my arch (except for the big center one) had holes in the bottom which I sealed up and painted. (I figured out how they seal the holes at the factory by studying a Fun-Kin that didn't come with a light hole.)

You can read all about how I did that and how I created the arch HERE... (not trying to hijack the thread! Just trying to provide some info on my experience of carving over 62 of these things!)

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The Fun-Kins show NO seams/shadows WHATSOEVER! The only place where the light escapes is where you carve! Yet another reason why I only go with Fun-Kins!

Here's an example of my arch. All these Jack-o-Lanterns are Fun-Kins and each one is lit with a single C9 bulb! In the picture, the lights are on at 100%. Notice NO shadows/seams showing or light showing through the walls of the pumpkins!

ArchLights.jpg

The bodies of the Fun-Kins are made as one whole piece with the stem sometimes part of the mold, sometimes added in later. Almost all of them have a hole in the bottom all ready for a light. ALL of these Fun-Kins on my arch (except for the big center one) had holes in the bottom which I sealed up and painted. (I figured out how they seal the holes at the factory by studying a Fun-Kin that didn't come with a light hole.)

You can read all about how I did that and how I created the arch HERE... (not trying to hijack the thread! Just trying to provide some info on my experience of carving over 62 of these things!)

Well, I'd like to use Funkins also but they're seriously expensive right now and I can't wait until the after Halloween sales.

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Just saw over the weekend that Target has a number of sizes of craft pumpkins this year. I assume these are probably Gemmy like the one's at Michaels. I have carved around 12 of these and have never noticed to many issues with shadows, it may be where they are in the display. The versa tool is the way to go if you want nice clean edges. I did notice a "ladies" line of these tools at AC Moore. I didn't need all the bells and whistles, so with a coupon I got the hot knife for around $7.00.

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Unfortunately, Fun-Kins are not avail near me and too expensive to buy online. I just carved 15 pumpkins from Michaels using the versa tool…best money spent!! Its like using a hot knife thru butter.

I need one of those extra large pumpkins….where can I purchase one? Shipping probably cost more than the pumpkin if I can’t get one locally.

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that arch is great! I carved some real pumpkins one year, looked great for about a week. Might be an idea for next year. I luv this place!

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I bought the Michael's pumpkins last year on November 1 at 80% off and are using them for the first time this year. I used an exacto knife to carve them and have experienced no problems whatsoever.

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I'm using the Michael's pumpkins for the first time this year and, like Peppers-Palace pointed out, the only issue with shadows from the seam is if you don't carve all the way through. If you are doing straight-through carving, you shouldn't experience any issues with the seam.

Also, the Michael's pumpkins do not come with a hole in the bottom. I have found that if you drill a 3/4" hole, a C7 bulb and socket will push through with just enough resistance to hold the bulb in place.

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I'm using the Michael's pumpkins for the first time this year and, like Peppers-Palace pointed out, the only issue with shadows from the seam is if you don't carve all the way through. If you are doing straight-through carving, you shouldn't experience any issues with the seam.

Also, the Michael's pumpkins do not come with a hole in the bottom. I have found that if you drill a 3/4" hole, a C7 bulb and socket will push through with just enough resistance to hold the bulb in place.

Or you can use a gutter clip like I do! Less likely of them touching the foam and melting it AND less likely to be pulled out!

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Or you can use a gutter clip like I do! Less likely of them touching the foam and melting it AND less likely to be pulled out!

I have lamp kits purchased from Home Depot tacked to a 2 by 8, then place the foam pumpkins over the top of them. A stiff win occasionally knocks one or two of them over, but it has been rare this year.

This setup is not in the video in my signature. Last year I used real carved pumpkins and wound up replacing half of them before Halloween due to rotting in last year's unseasonably warm fall. Live and learn.

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