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Pumpkin Carving for Klutzes

Want to carve a dramatic Halloween pumpkin but lack the skills to make it happen? Create a statement with this trio of glowing pumpkins that can be completed in 5 easy steps. The most complicated tool you’ll need is a drill to make patterned light holes in your pumpkins.

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Step 1

You Will Need:

  • Old newspapers

  • Smock or old T-shirt

  • Sharp chef’s knife, 6 to 8 inches long

  • Pumpkin-carving kit or thin-bladed serrated knives or saws

  • Large, strong tablespoon, serving spoon, or ice-cream scoop

  • Sharp-tip marker (non permanent)

  • Electric screwdriver or drill with varying bit sizes

  • Bucket for seeds and pulp

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Step 2

Scoop out seeds and pulp until walls are about 1 inch think.

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Step 3

Mark a dot design using a template or straight edge.

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Step 4

Drill dot holes with an electric screw driver or cut out designs with knife.

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Step 5

Place a candle inside the pumpking and secure it to the bottom with hot wax.