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Pumpkin lighting

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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

Steps:4
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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Pumpkin Snake

Steps:7
After dark, this glowing snake will light the path to your front door.
Materials
  • Pumpkins
  • Small utility saw
  • Large-bulb white Christmas lights
  • Plastic pumpkin-carving scoop, drill with borer tool and 3/4-inch and 1-inch bits
  • Felt-tip pen; utility knife
  • Extension cord
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Pumpkin Wreath Chandelier

Steps:4
Casually adorned with colorful fallen leaves, a simple grapevine wreath is illuminated by tea lights set inside mini-pumpkin holders. Suspended from a ceiling hook, it gives a warm, rustic atmosphere to a front porch. To make the glow last, light the candles just before your guests arrive.
Materials
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Wax pencil
  • 6 miniature pumpkins
  • Small knife or serrated carving tool
  • Spoon or looped fleshing tool
  • Brass ball chain, (BRA824), Metalliferous
  • Brass couplings for ball chain, (BRA831), Metalliferous
  • 25-gauge annealed iron wire, (IR4760), Metalliferous
  • S hook
  • Florist's wire
  • Awl
  • Votive candles
  • Leaves and berries for embellishment
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