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Glowing-Moth Etched Pumpkin

Like most moths, this carved beauty here is drawn to the light.

glowing moth pumpkin

Photography: Ted Cavanaugh

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2017

materials

  • Pumpkin
  • Keyhole saw
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Awl
  • Gouge
  • Battery-powered candle

steps

  1. Hollow out pumpkin: Turn pumpkin on its side, and use a keyhole saw or knife to carve out a circular opening in the bottom. Make the opening large enough so your hand can fit comfortably through it. Use a scraping tool to remove the flesh and seeds, scraping away the pumpkin's inner wall until it's about 1/4 inch thick. Turn the pumpkin right side up.
  2. Print and cut out template, tape it on, and transfer outlines of pattern with awl.
  3. Scrape off outer skin with gouge to complete design.
  4. Insert battery-powered candle.

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