Before you begin, learn how we created these textured effects using a carve-by-color technique. Opt for a pale Lumina pumpkin: When lit from within, the exterior surface becomes multicolored. Get our helpful tips for picking a pumpkin that will last through October.
This project calls for two essential pumpkin carving tools: a keyhole saw and linoleum cutter. The first is used for its sharp teeth, which can slice through a pumpkin's tough shell and its flexible blade, which allows for curved cuts. The second is used to carve detail into the surface of a pumpkin (like whiskers and bushy tails) with great accuracy. Both pumpkins picture here are cut out from the bottom and hollowed out, then cast aglow with a battery-powered candle. Get our editor's tricks on how to safely light a pumpkin.
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