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Stained Glass Pumpkins

Introduction

Soften and alter the stark light of a jack-o'-lantern's candle or bulb, or enhance unusual gourds and squashes, by using sheets of colored wax paper to create a stained glass-o'-lantern. Or, if you can't resist the lure of tradition, you can also use this technique on a classic pumpkin like the 'Big Max' and carve a motif such as an Indian-summer sun. When the light diffuses through the wax paper, it casts a unique glow onto a stoop or stairway.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    With a serrated knife or mini handsaw, cut a hole into the gourd's top or bottom; scoop out the seeds.

  2. Step 2

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    If you're using a template, draw the design on a sheet of paper (above, center); cut out. Tape the drawing to the gourd, and use a needle poking tool or pushpin to trace your design. If you'd rather draw directly on the gourd, use a soft felt-tipped pen so the nib won't bruise it, in red or green ink so stray marks don't stand out. Cut out the design. Use a smooth blade to clean rough edges.

  3. Step 3

    Attach colored wax paper to the inside of the gourd with straight pins. If you're using a candle, make sure it's short and sturdy so the paper doesn't burn.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 16 October/November 1993

Reviews (7)

  • 15 Oct, 2008

    So, do you just color the wax paper yourself?

  • 1 Oct, 2008

    What about a thin coat of craft paint?

  • 30 Sep, 2008

    I had never heard of colored wax paper before. Thanks for sharing how to make it. I was wondering if it was something that could be purchased at a craft store.

  • 30 Sep, 2008

    I had never heard of colored wax paper before. Thanks for sharing how to make it. I was wondering if it was something that could be purchased at a craft store.

  • 30 Sep, 2008

    You can make colored wax paper by shaving crayons over 1 piece of wax paper, then topping the shavings with another piece of wax paper and ironing over with a low temperature iron. Use a single color or mutiple colors as desired.

  • 30 Sep, 2008

    I think vellum would be a great substitute for colored waxed paper (which frankly I've never heard of). Seems like it would be a good way to keep the candle from blowing out in the wind, too!

  • 30 Sep, 2008

    How do you color waxed paper, or is this something else to buy? I have vellum scraps in different colors - I bet tht would work too.