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Starburst Pumpkin Sconces

Starburst Pumpkin Sconces

Photography: Lisa Hubbard

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Three perfectly round pumpkins are first carved with a beautifully rendered starburst pattern that is reminiscent of a Tiffany-style lamp. Then they are fitted with small scallop-edged tops and displayed on small bracket shelves. The elegant lights radiate softly, casting flickering shadows up the wall.

materials

  • Two round pumpkins for each sconce (one medium, the other about half as big)

  • Small wood gouge

  • Toothpicks

steps

  1. Prepare the larger pumpkin by cutting a hole in its side (this will become the top of the sconce), and hollow it out until the flesh is 1/2 inch thick. Using a small wood gouge, carve a shallow starburst design in the rind of the bottom surface of the pumpkin, but don't completely pierce the flesh (this will become the front).

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  2. To help pumpkin sit firmly on the shelf, create a flat surface by cutting a small slice from the side opposite the opening.

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  3. Cut off the bottom of the smaller pumpkin and hollow out the flesh to 1/2 inch thick. Cut off the top of the pumpkin, then use the template to create a scalloped edge.

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  4. Add decorative detail to each scallop with a small wood gouge. Set small pumpkin on top of the larger one; secure with toothpicks.

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