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Apple Gourd Jack-o'-Lanterns

Apple Gourd Jack-o'-Lanterns

Source: Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

Introduction

Not one but five apple gourds, which have an unpleasantly mottled hue, lie in wait on this sill. Their shifty glances and tormented frowns were carved to look similar -- yet not quite the same. A bed of dead branches ensures this vengeful band will get no sleep.

materials

  • A keyhole saw or serrated knife

  • Plaster scraper or large spoon

  • Masking tape

  • Needle tool (from an art-supply store) or awl

  • Serrated utility knife

  • Miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks

steps

  1. Begin by cutting a large hole in the bottom of a pumpkin with a keyhole saw or serrated knife, and then scrape out the insides with a plaster scraper until pumpkin walls are 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.

  2. To make the face, you can draw your own using black marker on white paper, or download and print our templates; enlarge the template to the desired size on a photocopier. Next, affix the face to the pumpkin with masking tape.

  3. With a needle tool or awl, poke holes around the outline of each feature. Remove the paper, and then cut out features with a serrated utility knife, using the holes you poked as a guide.

  4. To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

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