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Pumpkin lighting

Explore 40 projects, 10 articles, 5 galleries, 6 videos, and more

Spooky Pumpkins and Pumpkin Prints

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Cookie-Cutter Pumpkins

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Nosey Pumpkins

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It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.
Materials
  • Pumpkin Face templatesDownload the PDFs
  • A keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • Plaster scraper or large spoon
  • Black marker and white paper or our template
  • Masking tape
  • Needle tool (from an art-supply store) or awl
  • Serrated utility knife
  • Miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks
  • Apple corer
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Blackened Pumpkins

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Two-Faced Pumpkin with Wall Projection

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Punch Bowl Prop

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Lace-Patterned Pumpkins

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Not all pumpkins are orange, nor are they necessarily destined to become leering jack-o'-lanterns. The designs used on these pumpkins, carved freehand, mimic the lacelike openwork of 18th-century pierced creamware dishes, and turn any pumpkin (especially a pale Lumina) into an intricately patterned lamp.
Materials
  • Pumpkin or squash
  • Wood-carving tools
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Denizens of the Dark

Steps:5
Conjure a subtle sense of foreboding with these haunting tableaux of eerily carved pumpkins.
Materials
  • Pumpkin templates
  • Keyhole saw to cut the opening
  • Plaster scraper, fleshing tool, or sharp, sturdy spoon for scooping out the pulpy flesh and thinning the walls
  • Awl, for transferring the template patterns
  • Narrow-blade and wide-blade linoleum cutters for etching designs
  • Miniature saw for carving designs
  • String lights
  • Glass jar
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Translucent Pumpkins

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Halloween custom calls for a fiercely lit, glowering jack-o'-lantern, but you might also consider the more subtle glow of an elegant monogram, playful spirals, or a whimsical harlequin pattern.
Materials
  • Keyhole saw
  • Candle (optional)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Monogram template (print from a computer)
  • Pen
  • Linoleum cutter
  • Christmas lights
  • Wax paper
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