Decorative Hanging Gourd Lights
This Halloween, hard-fleshed decorative gourds can find life beyond the centerpiece bowl as hanging outdoor lights.
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To make a wide hole in the gourd's base, drill several small holes close together; cut out the hole with the utility knife by carving through the small holes, like joining dots. The hole must be wide enough for a lightbulb. Repeat this with the gourd's top, but drilling only two or three holes, to produce a smaller hole for the bulb socket to fit into.
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Hollow out gourd, using utility knife and sculpting tool.
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Drill decorative holes around gourd for light to show through. Push bulb socket into smaller hole; screw lightbulb into it inside gourd.
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Use lights that are prespaced along the wire, or space them yourself along a zip-cord wire, using carnival light-socket fixtures.