To carve these detailed designs, we used linoleum cutters and wood gouges to etch the surface of the pumpkins. Etching thins the pumpkin’s flesh, illuminating the design without carving all the way through the pumpkin’s walls.
In these projects, pumpkins are used as the base material to create completely new objects, ranging from elaborate creatures and haunted houses, to simpler lanterns, vases, and serving pieces for parties.
A miniature saw was used to carve the designs on these pumpkins. This tiny serrated blade is strong enough to slice through the tough outer skin and flesh of a pumpkin, yet flexible enough to carve out tight corners. For jack-o’-lanterns, haunted scenes, or any design that requires cutting all the way through the pumpkin’s flesh, follow the basic carving method.
This billowing gown comes together with surprisingly little sewing. Wear a pink bodysuit and leggings for coverage. Senior stylist Marco Maranghello from John Barrett pinned Martha's hair into a loose updo and then added in extensions and lots of sparkling accents. For a fantastical look like this, he says, "The more hair gems, the better."
Start with a simple dress, jacket, and tie -- nothing you'll want to wear again in its original form. Have fun with the wide selection of silk and plastic leaves and flowers that are available; you need not follow our choices.
All for fun, fun for all! A night of adventure awaits our dashing Three Musketeers. It's easy to transform modern-day kids into the swashbuckling buddies made famous by Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel. Start with a white shirt and colored jeans, then add simply constructed vests and capes, ruffled collars and cuffs, and floppy hats with plumes. Wooden toy swords and scabbards complete the legendary look.
Cosmic couple, indeed: These shimmery space people are more Studio 54 than Area 51 (or any other alien hangout) in costumes crafted from everyday hardware-store supplies, including dryer tubing, pipe insulation, Mylar sheeting, and metal-repair tape.