Fairy House Pumpkin
Let the ghouls and goblins knock on everyone else's door while you spend the evening hanging with the fairies. To invite them in, transform a pumpkin into a cozy hollow.
Before you begin, learn how we created these textured effects using a carve-by-color technique. Opt for any kind of pumpkin, squash, or gourd that seems fitting for fairyland's most coveted real estate. Get our helpful tips for picking a pumpkin that will last through October.
This project calls for three essential pumpkin carving tools: a keyhole saw, scooper, 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 for scooping out seeds and flesh for a clean interior better to reflect the light. The third is used to carve detail into the surface of a pumpkin (like trim and faux bois grain in the door) with great accuracy. The pumpkin picture here is cut from the bottom and hollowed out, then illuminated with a battery-powered candle. Get our editor's tricks on how to safely light a pumpkin.
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