Lighted Pumpkins
Steps // How to Create Beautiful Pumpkin Luminaries
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Hollow out your pumpkin

 
Step One // How to Create Beautiful Pumpkin Luminaries

Hollow out your pumpkin

pumpkins with designs drilled into them, and lit with strings of christmas lights
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.

DON'T FORGET: Enter the TOH Pumpkin Carving Contest

 
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Transfer your pattern

 
Step Two // How to Create Beautiful Pumpkin Luminaries

Transfer your pattern

drilling designs into pumpkins and lighting them with strings of christmas lights
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.

DON'T FORGET: Enter the TOH Pumpkin Carving Contest

 
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Drill holes in the pumpkin

 
Step Three // How to Create Beautiful Pumpkin Luminaries

Drill holes in the pumpkin

drilling designs into pumpkins and lighting them with strings of christmas lights
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

 
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Pop in the lights

 
Step Four // How to Create Beautiful Pumpkin Luminaries

Pop in the lights

drilling designs into pumpkins nad lighting them with strings of christmas 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

 
 

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