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Project

Monogram Pumpkin Vase

Carve initials in an elegant pumpkin cachepot to create a fall display with a uniquely personal touch.

Materials

  • Monogram template
  • Pumpkin
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Clear or masking tape
  • Awl or T-pin
  • Miniature saw
  • String lights
  • Small glass jar
  • Pushpins
  • Waxed paper
  • Branches

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To make a template, photocopy a monogram you have drawn or put together from photocopies of letters you like. Enlarge to a size appropriate for your pumpkin.

  2. Step 2

    To prepare pumpkin, cut holes in both top and bottom with keyhole saw, remove seeds, and thin flesh as described in Basic Carving Techniques.

  3. Step 3

    Tape monogram template to pumpkin. Using an awl or T-pin, transfer the design, carefully marking corners. Remove photocopy. Use miniature saw to cut along outline made by holes, cutting all the way through flesh.

  4. Step 4

    Light pumpkin with string lights wrapped around a jar. Even out light by tacking a sheet of waxed paper over inside of monogram. Position pumpkin over jar, and insert branches as desired (bittersweet branches and pear leaves are shown here).