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Celtic Knot Pumpkins

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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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Undead Pumpkins

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Halloween, Pumpkin carving
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Leaf-Carved Pumpkin Lanterns

Steps:3
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving
Trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests should feel more welcome than wary ascending a staircase lit up with leaf-carved pumpkin lanterns. The pumpkins' motifs are produced using a variety of basic carving techniques. The resulting patterns are as varied as fallen leaves, which provide the only templates you'll need.
Materials
  • Fallen leaves
  • Pumpkins
  • Hole cutters
  • Tape
  • Grease pencil
  • Linoleum cutter or long miniature saw
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Witch Jack-o'-Lanterns

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
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Fanged Pumpkins

Steps:6
Other Ideas:
Halloween, Pumpkin carving
Grouped together on the mantel, Drac-o'-lantern and tiny winged pals create a Transylvanian scene. Run-of-the-mill pushpins turn into devilish red eyes.
Materials
  • For vampire pumpkin: Thumbtack or pin
  • Small white pumpkin (For a big bite, choose a small pumpkin so the plastic vampire teeth seem huge)
  • Plastic vampire teeth
  • Mouth template
  • For bat: Black construction paper
  • Small white pumpkin
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wing template
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Pumpkins with Scary Etched Silhouettes

Steps:6
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.
Materials
  • 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
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Jack-o'-Clock

Steps:8
Other Ideas:
Pumpkin carving, Pumpkins
Cinderella pumpkins are bright orange and somewhat squat. Choose one with a clean, flat base, which will serve as the clock's face. The design is carved with a linoleum cutter, which removes only the outer flesh.
Materials
  • Squat pumpkin
  • Clock-Face and Clock-Hands template
  • Scissors
  • Keyhole saw
  • Fleshing tool
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Linoleum cutter set
  • Strand of 25 miniature outdoor lights
  • Glass jar
  • Black card stock
  • Black-headed sewing pin
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Haunted Manor Pumpkins

Steps:2
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.
Materials
  • 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
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