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Pumpkins

Explore 75 projects, 17 articles, 10 galleries, 11 videos, and more

Witch Silhouette Pumpkin

Steps:5
Inspired by paint-by-numbers kits, our carve-by-color technique requires scraping away the skin and sawing holes in strategic spots to create a pumpkin that looks richly textured and multitonal.
Materials
  • Witch Template
  • Pumpkin Keyhole saw, leevalley.com
  • Fleshing tool, from Ceramic Supply; 7ceramic.com
  • Masking tape
  • T pins
  • Needle tool, from Ceramic Supply; 7ceramic.com
  • Miniature saw, from Ceramic Supply; 7ceramic.com
  • Linoleum cutter with No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 blades, dickblick.com
  • Electric twinkle lights or candle Glass jar (optional)
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Lace-Patterned Pumpkins

Steps:3
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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Pumpkin Leaf and Tendril How-To

Steps:5
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Two-Faced Pumpkin with Wall Projection

Steps:4
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Celtic Knot Pumpkins

Steps:2
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Starburst Pumpkin Sconces

Steps:4
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Spider Squash

Steps:5
What would Halloween be without a macabre evocation of the denizens of the night? These multilegged creatures rise up from the damp earth and moss to skitter across cold stones.
Materials
  • Dark-color squash
  • Spider template
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Linoleum cutter set
  • Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
  • Glass jar
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Nosey Pumpkins

Steps:4
It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.
Materials
  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • 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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