Pumpkin Birdbath Family
Source: Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004
Behold, the count and countess of Birdbath, and their three little countlings. They redid this abandoned two-story bath, carpeting it with Spanish moss, dead leaves, and branches. The gourds were carved from the bottom, to keep stems intact.
Begin by cutting a large hole in the bottom of a pumpkin with a keyhole saw or serrated knife, and then scrape out the insides with a plaster scraper until pumpkin walls are 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
To make the face, you can draw your own using black marker on white paper, or download and print our templates; enlarge the template to the desired size on a photocopier. Next, affix the face to the pumpkin with masking tape.
With a needle tool or awl, poke holes around the outline of each feature. Remove the paper, and then cut out features with a serrated utility knife, using the holes you poked as a guide.
To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.