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How to Create Beautiful Pumpkin Luminaries

Your drill is the key to making this out-of-the-ordinary Halloween decoration

Sure, you rely on it to hang shelves and assemble furniture, but your drill is also the key to turning the pumpkins on your doorstep into out-of-the-ordinary Halloween luminaries. Studded with tiny bulbs in swirling or geometric designs, the gourds shown here make brilliant use of white and orange outdoor Christmas lights (for the most bang for your buck, use energy-efficient LED bulbs)—plus they look far more sophisticated than the average toothy jack-o'-lantern. Come trick-or-treat time, simply plug this crop into your nearest power outlet to illuminate even the blackest night.

Step 1

Hollow out your pumpkin

Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Use a knife to carve a large circular opening into the bottom of your pumpkin. Clean out the inside thoroughly, scooping away the pulp and seeds with a spoon.

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Step 2

Transfer your pattern

Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Rough out a design on paper first, then mark the dots on the pumpkin with a permanent marker. Try a swirling or geometric design, or randomly space dots on the pumpkin shell.

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Step 3

Drill holes in the pumpkin

Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Gripping the gourd securely near the stem and using a drill/driver, bore holes where you made markings. Be sure to hollow out all the dots you drew for your pattern.

DON'T FORGET: Enter the TOH Pumpkin Carving Contest

Step 4

Pop in the lights

Photo by Wendell T. Webber

Insert a string of small lights through the pumpkin's bottom and push a bulb halfway through each hole. Run the lights' cord from the bottom of the gourd to an outdoor receptacle.

DON'T FORGET: Enter the TOH Pumpkin Carving Contest