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Things you will need
Carving tools
Bolts or large staples
Flat plastic craft cording
Mini outdoor Christmas lights,if desired
How To Make:
Select a tall, squarish pumpkin. Follow instructions for carving a traditional jack-o'-
lantern. Slice off the top of the head. Punch holes around severed skull piece and
top of the head. Carve facial features. For ears, make rectangular cutouts on the
sides of the head; push halfway out and secure with toothpicks from the inside.
Just below ears, screw in bolts. Lash skull and head together with craft cording.
Note: craft cording is flammable. Keep away from candle flame.

Things you will need
Matte black latex spray paint
Round-head colored pins
Craft needle
Black pipe cleaners
How To Make:
Select small, squat pumpkins. Wash and dry them. Paint with two coats of spray
paint. Insert colored pins for eyes. Poke small holes with a craft needle, then
insert pipe cleaners and bend to form legs. You can hallow out the top and add a
You can also spray the pumpkin black and use
sticks for the legs. Place pumpkin spiders on
top of or in gaping mouths of other

Angry Birds Pumpkins
Things you will need
Colored construction paper
How To Make:
Select pumpkins and cut out the eye brow shapes, eye shapes and beak shapes.
Glue onto the pumpkin.

You can also paint the Angry Bird faces onto the pumpkins if you have an artist
in the family.

Things you will need
Carving tools
Witch hat
Long pins
Votive, tea light, or mini outdoor Christmas lights, if desired
How To Make:
Find a round, squat, head-sized pumpkin with a long stem suitable for a nose and
plenty of deep creases for surly features. Lay pumpkin on its side, looking at the
stem as its nose. Follow instructions for carving a traditional pumpkin, but instead
of opening a hole in the base, create one on what is now the bottom. Cut eyes just
under narrow raised areas to simulate brows.

Cut a mouth under the nose and between two raised areas that will look like laugh
lines. Leave a couple peg teeth, stripping away skin for a yellowed grin. Secure a
costume witch hat with pins.

If you plan to use a candle to light, cut two nickel-sized holes in the back of the
witch's head, about 3 inches apart and toward the top, but be sure to keep them
clear of the hat and its brim.

Green Frankenstein Pumpkin
Things you will need
White acrylic
Pink acrylic
Black acrylic
Apple green acrylic
Green Modeling Clay Compound (Crayola)
Wiggle eyes
Low-temp hot glue gun and glue sticks
Tracing and transfer paper
#3 round paint brush
2" sponge brush
Black boa

How to Make:
Form 3 small balls of Green modeling clay or modeling compound. Shape one ball
into a nose, and the other 2 balls into ear shapes. Press them into place on the
pumpkin. Using a sponge, paint the pumpkin green with apple green acrylic paint.

Now, take a few drops of pink acrylic paint and mix into the green acrylic paint to
make a blushing look on the nose and cheeks of the pumpkin. Make a mouth and
tooth shape or purchase ready-made shapes at a craft store. Paint the tooth white
and use black paint to make the mouth and stitches. Place the wiggle eyes and
adhere them with the glue gun. Take the boa by the stem and position it and
adhere it with the glue gun. Then wind and wrap the rest of the boa in a circle to
make hair.

General Techniques For Making Great Pumpkins

Tools for Carving and Design
• Grease pencils (white, yellow, black) are good for drawing designs and easily wipe
off with dry cloth.

• Pottery/leather craft needles or large embroidery needles can be used to
transfer template designs and/or poke holes in pumpkins to add accessories.

• Wood chisels are a good way to gouge skin and expose flesh, creating a soft glow
when pumpkin is lit.

• Small saws with serrated edges cut easily into tough-skinned pumpkins.

• Melon ballers make quick work of cutting round eyes and mouths.

• Craft knives with assorted blades work well on thin-skinned pumpkins.

• Pocketknives have just the right plunge depth and are easy to wield.

• Ice-cream paddles have strong handles and work well for scooping out pumpkin

Pumpkin Trimming Ideas

Use your imagination to make your jack-o'-lantern unique.

• Crystals are brilliant as teeth and eyes. Attach with thin wire.

• Use marbles as glowing eyes. Press into holes made with a melon baller.

• Gum such as Chiclets or Eclipse makes tasty teeth. Push a pin into the top of
each piece of gum, then push the head of a pin into pumpkin-flesh "gums."

• Add whimsy with a necktie, boa, or beaded necklace around the base of the   

• Top off your creation with a tiny felt stovepipe or witch hat, placed over the
stem and secured with a pin.

• Hot-glue plastic ants, flies, and spiders to the outside of the pumpkin.

• Large vintage earrings and Halloween ribbon can glam up a dishy pumpkin.

• For fantastic fangs, use tiny carrots dipped in white paint and secured by pins in
jack's gums.

• Use spray paint and glitter to add new dimensions to designs.

Carving a Traditional Jack-o'-Lantern
Cut a hole in the base of the pumpkin just big enough to reach into (no larger than
two-thirds of the diameter of the pumpkin). Circles are fine, but a six-sided hole
is easier. Scoop out seeds and strings with a large spoon or an ice-cream paddle.
Scrape the inside walls clean.

Rub a thin coat of Vaseline onto the flesh to keep the skin from drying out. If
using a template, tape it onto the pumpkin and pierce guide dots through the
template into the skin.

Alternatively, use a grease pencil to draw on a design. Carefully cut out features,
starting with the most delicate parts, such as the teeth. Rub a thin coat of
Vaseline onto the fleshy parts of the new openings.

Lighting Your Jack-o'-Lantern
Use a votive candle or tea light in a clear glass candleholder. To enhance glow, put
a slightly crumpled piece of foil--shiny side up--under the candleholder. Always
punch a nickel-sized hole just behind the pumpkin stem to vent smoke and help the
candle burn.

Candles are not recommended for short, squat pumpkins or for pumpkins with
decorations that can burn. Instead, use mini outdoor Christmas lights: bundle a
string in a glass jar for big jack-o'lanterns, or loop a few bulbs together in
bunches to light a grouping of pumpkins.

Battery-operated lights are available at many stores. When using candles, monitor
pumpkins frequently.