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Cookie-Cutter Pumpkins

Warmly lit hearts, luminous stars, glowing clovers, and twinkling diamonds -- try carving any or all of these shapes onto this year's pumpkin lantern.

Introduction

Since you're using cookie cutters to stamp out the designs, just about any shape you want can be easily created. You can achieve even more dramatic results when you use unusually colored pumpkins, such as white-skinned Lumina.

Materials

  • Serrated knife
  • Large spoon
  • Hammer
  • Small cookie or canape cutters
  • Pliers
  • Christmas lights
  • Heavy-duty extension cord

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Cut a hole in the pumpkin's base, and hollow the pumpkin out. Hammer small cookie or canape cutters into the skin to create a pattern of deep outlines. Remove cutters with pliers; finish holes with serrated knife.

  2. Step 2

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    Line your walkway or front porch with Christmas lights, plugged into an outside socket or heavy-duty extension cord, and position a pumpkin over each lightbulb.

  3. Step 3

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    When you're finished carving, conceal the utility cord with pine needles or leaves.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 1995

Reviews (6)

  • mellyb00 24 Sep, 2013

    In Australia the proper halloween pumpkins are devilishly expensive so to do something like this would cost a fortune, but with the cookie cutter idea I think I can do it with small 'golden nugget' pumpkins to get this effect, for a fraction of the price. Looks great!

  • jma61 24 Oct, 2008

    If your pumpkin is large enough, you can cut a [filtered word] in the bottem, take the top off your wired or solar path lights and set the pumpkin right over the top! We've been doing this for years. No candles or glow sticks!

  • keeperbay 23 Oct, 2008

    We use glow sticks, to many little feet coming up our path. We used to put the stick in a juice glass to keep it up right, but we found drilling a small [filtered word] in the top back of the pumpkin - the size of the glow stick - then sliding the stick in and letting it hang there worked just as well. ~eDee

  • keeperbay 23 Oct, 2008

    We use glow sticks, to many little feet coming up our path. We used to put the stick in a juice glass to keep it up right, but we found drilling a small [filtered word] in the top back of the pumpkin - the size of the glow stick - then sliding the stick in and letting it hang there worked just as well. ~eDee

  • raquelhale 1 Oct, 2008

    I would be interested to know how the ghost was made.

  • ringlet1 13 Dec, 2007

    We tweaked this idea and made a path of 20 Jack-O-Lanterns up our driveway. We cut the bottoms out so we could just set the pumpkins onto the candles for Trick or Treat. Then used the drill to make chimneys on top to let the hot air out. We just drilled round eyes and made a few quick cuts for mouths and noses.