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Gourds in the Graveyard

You can carve just one frightful tombstone or enough gruesome grave-marker pumpkins to haunt an entire cemetery. The more, the scarier.


  • Pumpkins, pulp removed and flesh scraped to 3/4 inch
  • Gourds in the graveyard templates
  • Clear or masking tape
  • Awl or T-pin
  • Wood gouge
  • Linoleum cutter
  • Large-bulb outdoor string lights
  • Glass jars


  1. Step 1

    For each pumpkin, choose a grave-marker template, and use a photocopier to enlarge it to fit (or draw your own design).

  2. Step 2

    Tape template to pumpkin, and transfer image by punching holes along design with awl.

  3. Step 3

    Use wood gouge to carve away large background areas, and use lino cutter to carve finer details.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap string lights around jars, then place inside pumpkin. Scrape out more flesh behind designs, if needed, to let light shine through.