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Mice-Infested Pumpkins

In this "cheesy" project, a variety of drill bits create holes of different sizes. The result is a glowing, move-in-ready home for a family of skittering mice.

mouse house cover pumpkin

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart


A candle isn't safe in an enclosed pumpkin, so use a battery-powered LED light instead. 


  • Pumpkins

  • Gold paint, Martha Stewart Crafts Multisurface Acrylic Metallic Craft Paint, $3 for 2 oz.,


  • Power drill with Blu-Mol Xtreme spade-bit set, $15.50,

  • Tealight flameless LED candle in white, $7 for 12,

  • Pins


  1. Slice off the bottom of a pumpkin and scoop out seeds. Using a set of spade bits, drill holes of different sizes all over pumpkin.

    cheese pumpkin how-to
  2. Place plastic mice on newspaper and paint gold, turning to coat all sides; let dry.
  3. Pin critters into place on pumpkin, both on surface and inside larger holes, as shown. Place a flickering LED light on your table or mantle, and put pumpkin on top.
  4. Optional: Use this as a centerpiece for a fruit-and-cheese spread.

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