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Project

Black Magic Pumpkins

These puckish pumpkins with their paint-blackened rinds and orange-gold interiors, thumb their carved noses at traditional jack-o'-lanterns.

Materials

  • Pumpkins
  • Miniature carving saw
  • Plaster scraper
  • Masking tape
  • Black floral spray
  • Battery-powered light
  • Needle tool or awl
  • Waxed paper Straight pins
  • Pumpkin carving template

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Make a 4-inch round hole in the bottom of your pumpkin with a carving saw; scrape out flesh.

  2. Step 2

    Place pumpkin on newspaper in a well-ventilated area. Wrap masking tape around stem, and coat pumpkin with black floral spray. Let dry for 30 minutes; remove tape.

  3. Step 3

    Print desired template enlarged or reduced to fit your pumpkin, and cut outside the perimeter. Tape to pumpkin.

  4. Step 4

    Use needle tool to outline the shape with close-set holes. Cut out design with saw. (If necessary, touch up pumpkin with floral spray.)

  5. Step 5

    Place battery-powered light inside. For a muted glow, affix a sheet of waxed paper behind the cutout with straight pins before adding the light source.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 143 October 2005