Pumpkin Votive Holders
If the thought of a cadre of frightful jack-o'-lanterns gives you the chills, opt for a lovely and luminous group of votive holders instead. These gently glowing lights, cut from pumpkins in pale hues, are easy to make: Simply slice off the tops, and scoop off the flesh.
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2007
If possible, get a second person to help: he or she can don a pair of work gloves and hold the pumpkin in place as you drill.
Tip: Set on glass votive holder and candle inside each, and arrange a few small, uncarved pumpkins alongside. Keep an eye on the lighted candles, and be sure to blow them out at the end of the evening.
Hand-drill fitted with a 1 1/2-inch-wide paddle bit
Using floral cutters, trim the stem from the pumpkin.
Center the paddle bit over the pumpkin, and drill about 1/2 inch deep.
Insert votive. The pumpkin can be stored in a cool, dry spot for up to one day.