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Turnip Jack-o'-Lanterns

Pumpkins aren't  the only vegetables worthy of carving. These turnips also make good night watchmen. Hang in a row from the porch rafters, from a lamppost, or anywhere else a pumpkin won't fit.




  • Kitchen knife
  • Melon baller
  • Linoleum-cutting (lino) tool
  • Twine
  • Tea candle


  1. Step 1

    Cut off the turnips' tops with a kitchen knife, then hollow them out with a melon baller.

  2. Step 2

    Draw a face with a wax pencil; carve it with a utility knife. Use a linoleum-cutting (lino) tool to cut small holes, such as nostrils, and to make a small hole on both sides of turnip.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a piece of twine to desired length, slip an end through each hole, and knot; trim ends. Tuck a tea candle inside to illuminate.

Halloween 2007, Special Issue Holiday 2007



Reviews (2)

  • mustangliz 27 Sep, 2008

    These are so fun! I am going to make them this year. I think, instead of using a real candle, I'll use a battery-operated tea light. That way the string catching on fire won't be an issue.

  • AuntFranny 14 Aug, 2008

    Could there be a problem with the twine catching fire from the tea candles and flaming candle and hot wax containing turnips dropping on trick or treaters?