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Filigree Pumpkin

Pale pumpkins, such as 'Long Island Cheese,' work best with open-worked designs.


  • Pale pumpkin
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Metal tubes in different shapes (we used brass round telescoping seamless, brass square telescoping, bronze rectangular, brass hexagonal telescoping, and 1/4-inch-wide aluminum square, from
  • Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
  • Glass jar


  1. Step 1

    Cut a hole at the bottom of pumpkin with keyhole saw.

  2. Step 2

    Clean the inside of pumpkin with fleshing tool, removing seeds, pulp, and fibers.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap masking tape around circumference of pumpkin to serve as a guide.

  4. Step 4

    Using a metal tube, punch a band of equidistant dots.

  5. Step 5


    Using additional tubes, punch a repeating design, continuing until band is complete.

  6. Step 6

    Remove tape. Punch a mirror-image design below the existing one and shifted over slightly so that the pattern appears to undulate.

  7. Step 7

    Wrap lights evenly around jar, securing strands with tape so lights don't touch. Set pumpkin over jar.