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Blackened Pumpkins

These puckish pumpkins with their paint-blackened rinds and orange-gold interiors, thumb their carved noses at traditional jack-o'-lanterns.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Pumpkins

  • Miniature carving saw

  • Plaster scraper

  • Masking tape

  • Black floral spray

  • Battery-powered light

  • Needle tool or awl

  • Waxed paper

  • Straight pins


  1. Make a 4-inch round hole in the bottom of your pumpkin with a carving saw; scrape out flesh.

  2. Place pumpkin on newspaper in a well-ventilated area. Wrap masking tape around stem, and coat pumpkin with black floral spray. Let dry for 30 minutes; remove tape.

  3. Print face template or cat template enlarged or reduced to fit your pumpkin, and cut outside the perimeter. Tape to pumpkin.

  4. Use needle tool to outline the shape with close-set holes. Cut out design with saw. (If necessary, touch up pumpkin with floral spray.)

  5. Place battery-powered light inside. For a muted glow, affix a sheet of waxed paper behind the cutout with straight pins before adding the light source.

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