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Pumpkin Portraits: Not Your Typical Jack-O-Lantern

At the farmers’ market, look for produce that might work as facial features, hair, and props. Learn how to make a scarecrow.

Photography: NGOC MINH NGO

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2015


  • Hot glue

  • Legumes and vegetables

  • Wooden skewers

  • Toothpicks

  • T-pins and straight pins

  • Pumpkin


  1. Plan out the faces you want to create. Keep in mind that as items dry and wither, the results will change—and perhaps become even more interesting.


    Bur-oak acorns, from $8 for 12,

  2. Use hot glue to adhere small hard details, like white beans, and to attach a tangle of Spanish-moss hair. Secure heavier vegetables with wooden skewers, and lighter vegetables with toothpicks. T-pins prevent leaves from blowing away; straight pins work for thin, lightweight items.

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