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Constellation Art Pumpkin

If you want a stellar display, this one's got astronomical potential.

constellation pumpkin

Photography: Ted Cavanaugh

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2017

materials

  • Pumpkin
  • Keyhole saw
  • Handheld electric drill
  • Gouge
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Battery-powered LED string lights or candle (Pictured: Stargazer copper twine lights, $48, shopterrain.com.)
  • Straight pins
  • Scraping tool

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. Punch holes with drill to create constellations; connect dots with gouge. (Or print template, then cut out and tape on formations you want to use.)
  3. Place individual bulbs of a light strand in each hole and pin to secure, or, for a faster finish, insert one battery-powered candle.

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