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Autumnal Luminaries


With the big holiday behind them, pumpkins are free to be themselves again. In their dressed-down forms, they make lovely lighted centerpieces.


  • Gourds
  • Votives


  1. Step 1

    Simply cut tops from pumpkins with a miniature saw (Japanese detail trim saw #49I09.01, $18.95, from Garrett Wade,, and scoop out their flesh.

  2. Step 2

    We used 'Long Island Cheese,' 'Festival,' and 'Lumina' (plus two small 'White Ball' gourds for decoration). Set one candle in a glass holder inside each. Keep an eye on lighted candles, and be sure to blow them out at evening's end.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

Reviews (1)

  • carabau 30 Sep, 2009

    Maybe add a coaster add the bottom, as the pumpkin will mar the suface if hot.