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Project

Spider Squash

What would Halloween be without a macabre evocation of the denizens of the night? These multilegged creatures rise up from the damp earth and moss to skitter across cold stones.

Introduction

Black-green squashes, such as 'Table Ace' acorn, are carved with a linoleum cutter, which removes only the outer flesh.

Materials

  • Dark-color squash
  • Spider template
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Linoleum cutter set
  • Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
  • Glass jar

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Size template to fit squash. Print, and trim excess paper around template.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a hole at the base of squash, large enough to fit glass jar, with keyhole saw.

  3. Step 3

    Clean the inside of pumpkin with fleshing tool, removing seeds, pulp, and fibers.

  4. Step 4

    Affix template to squash with masking tape. Using awl, transfer design to squash by poking holes around blackened areas. Remove template.

  5. Step 5

    With linoleum cutter fitted with a No. 2 blade, carve spider, exposing flesh without cutting all the way through. For finer details, switch to a No. 1 blade; for larger sections, use a No. 3 blade.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2008