Have you ever tried carving anything other than pumpkins for Halloween? Traditionally in Europe, turnips were carved before pumpkins ever were! The spooky shapes were an offering to bad spirits and helped to keep them out of the home. It’s been extra cold lately and to combat the seasonal chill, we decided to have a tiki night complete with carved pineapples in lieu of pumpkins!
Pineapples are fun to carve because unlike a pumpkin, they have a full “head of hair” to play with when creating your design! The spikes of a pineapple allow for all kinds of silly patterns.
As a bonus, after you create and enjoy your pine-o-lantern, you can take the top part with spikes and plant it directly into a small pot with some dirt. Water it once then let it sit in a warm location with some light for a couple of weeks.
After you notice it begin to grow and take root, water it about once every two weeks and you’ll see steady growth; your very own pineapple plant! It’s not necessary to place it in water before planting because pineapples are succulents; they like it dry. In 5-10 years you may just get a pineapple, but until then you’ll have a fun houseplant that’s quite the conversation piece!
Here are our finished pine-o-lanterns:
Have you ever tried carving or growing your own pineapple?
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