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Pumpkin Totem




Stacked in graduated sizes, three carved pumpkins make a spectral lamppost. The rascal on the bottom peers up at the other two.


  1. Step 1

    Cut out the stem end of the bottom pumpkin plus a small hole in back for the light cord to exit; cut out the top and bottom of the middle pumpkin, and the base of the top one.

  2. Step 2


    Thread a string of white lights through the three, and place on a wall or gate (you may need an extension cord).

Martha Stewart Living, October 2001



Reviews (4)

  • pettech81 12 Oct, 2011

    I'm dying to make this but overly sad that there isn't a template for these exact faces. Please!!!

  • ravensnest5 27 Oct, 2008

    Yes. Just make sure your broomstick is buried far enough into the ground to stand upright on it's own, this will help stabilize your tower. Then, carve your pumpkins as you normally would, cutting a [filtered word] through the top and bottom and slide the pumpkins down the broomstick. Make sure you cut large enough holes to make room for the lights you wrap around the length of the broomstick. You can also fill any gaps between your pumpkins with spanish moss, or fall leaves. Hope this helps!

  • marthaismyidol 27 Oct, 2008

    So do you put the broomstick through the pumpkins?

  • ravensnest5 23 Oct, 2008

    I did this a couple of years ago and it was featured on the show. If you want to make your totem really tall, try using a broomstick with the end dug in the ground. Then wrap your lights around the post to the top, and stack up your pumpkins, biggest to smallest. Mine was about seven pumpkins high, and as tall as my daughter at the time, about four feet!