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Pumpkin Raccoon

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Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
This raccoon bandit is intent on stealing some candy. His nose was made with a pointy gourd (especially good for sniffing out treats) that was fitted into a hole in the front of his pumpkin head.
  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 2 mini pumpkins (for paws)
  • Pointed gourd (for nose)
  • Linoleum cutter, Lino Set No. 1 (No. 40203-1009), by Speedball, from Blick Art Materials
  • Toothpicks
  • Outdoor holiday lights (we used 20-light strands) or battery-powered candles
  • Glass or glass jar
  • Felt-tip pen or china marker

Pumpkins with Scary Etched Silhouettes

This sideboard tableau intersperses luminous pumpkins with a decanter of wine, a stand with fruit, and other objects evocative of Edgar Allan Poe and his tales of horror.
  • 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
  • Template

Haunted Manor Pumpkins

Once the grandest house on the block, this multistory pumpkin mansion now features rickety shutters and boarded-up doors and windows. Cheesecloth ghosts wander the barren yard; lights illuminate the carved details, including the ghoulish residents.
  • Pumpkins
  • Grease pencil
  • Intricate Openings Templates
  • Square, ridged cookie cutter
  • Linoleum cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Wood gouge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wooden skewers (if stacking pumpkins)
  • Lights
  • Moss or leaves, to hide light cords
  • Cheesecloth
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Starch

How to Light Your Patio for an Outdoor Party

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Outdoor, Outdoor spaces, Patio

Decorative Icicles


Outdoor Lighting: Winter Arrangement

These flowers brighten the coldest of winter nights.
  • Three 48-inch lengths, nine 10-inch lengths
  • Five 36-inch lengths of 1/8-inch plain round rod
  • 24-gauge floral wire
  • Hot-glue gun (optional)
  • About two hundred 1/8-inch white light sculpture clips
  • Three 50-bulb strands of single-ended white wire mini lights
  • Small zip ties
  • Blackout caps
  • Flower bucket or similar cylindrical object
  • Bolt cutters and safety goggles
  • Five 15-bulb strands of single-ended white wire mini lights
  • 3-inch-wide PVC pipe cut to fit below urn's rim when vertical
  • Weatherproof urn
  • Gravel
  • Batting (optional)

Outdoor Hanging Snowflake Ornaments

These glimmering oversize ornaments seem to be falling from the sky. Each is made by ...

Witch and Cat Lawn Ornaments

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Halloween, Lanterns
This sinister sorceress and her trio of menacing felines are in a black humor -- all the better to give guests a start when they arrive at your home for the festivities.
  • 4-by-8-foot piece of 3/4-inch plywood for witch (available at home centers)
  • 4-by-4-foot piece for 3 cats (available at home centers)
  • Repositionable spray adhesive (57691772), by Krylon, from Create for Less
  • Jigsaw (available at home centers)
  • 1 quart of black latex paint (available at home centers)
  • Paintbrush
  • Hammer and screwdriver
  • 6-foot piece of heavy-wall conduit for witch; 3-foot piece for each cat (available at home centers)
  • Four 2-hole conduit straps and 8 wood screws for witch (available at home centers)
  • Two 2-hole straps and 4 screws per cat (available at home centers)
  • Similar broom (RU71), from
  • Cup hook (504517), from Abuchon Hardware
  • Similar lantern (38469), from
  • Witch template
  • Cat templates