Tools and Materials
Leaf-Carved Pumpkin Lanterns How-To
1. Cut a hole in the pumpkin's top or bottom, and scoop out the insides. Tape leaves to pumpkin and trace around each with a grease pencil; remove leaves.
2. Instead of cutting out the entire leaf shape, use a linoleum cutter with a narrow blade to peel away the rind and expose the flesh, producing decorative motifs or realistic "veins."
3. Alternatively, cut out the entire leaf shape. Using a long miniature saw, cut out part of the leaf to make thin details, such as veins. Reposition the embellished leaf, letting it protrude slightly.