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Decorative Hanging Gourd Lights

Decorative Hanging Gourd Lights

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This Halloween, hard-fleshed decorative gourds can find life beyond the centerpiece bowl as hanging outdoor lights.

materials

  • Hard-fleshed decorative gourds

  • Miniature saw: Keyhole saw blade, X-Acto No. 15 (LXKY31), and X-Acto Knife No. 2 (LXKY73), from Tower Hobbies

  • Electric drill with 1/4-inch bit

steps

  1. 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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  2. Hollow out gourd, using utility knife and sculpting tool.

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  3. 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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  4. Use lights that are prespaced along the wire, or space them yourself along a zip-cord wire, using carnival light-socket fixtures.

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