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Pumpkin Carving Ideas: Simple Instructions To Keep In Mind For Your DIY Holloween Lanterns

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Halloween is just around the corner and it?s high time that you buy those large pumpkins on your supermarkets and carve those terrifying and scary designs to make your home stand out. But first, you need to know how to carve and craft your own unique style of crafting.

Here are some guidelines and instructions from Martha Stewart to make that perfect pumpkin:

Cut a hole in the Pumpkin

The first step is hollowing out the pumpkin. Use a keyhole saw to cut the hole. If you?ll be using a candle for illumination, you can cut the hole in the pumpkin?s top (always put the candle in a high-sided, and never leave unattended). For electric lights, make the hole in the bottom or side so you can hide the cord.

Scoop out the flesh

Remove and scoop out flesh, pulp, and seeds with a plaster scraper of fleshing tool.

Transfer your design

Transfer your selected designs by drawing one of your own pumpkin templates. Affix it to the pumpkin, and trace the design by poking holes with a sharp awl, needle, tool, or T-pin.

Carve the features

Remove the template and carve along the pattern with a miniature saw or linoleum carving tool. If you want to make holes in the pumpkin for eyes, use a drill equipped with a ? -inch or ?-inch spade bit.

How to light a pumpkin

To illuminate a carved pumpkin, string lights are preferable to candles for most designs: Wrap a strand of 20 lights around a glass jar, and secure wires with tape. Cut a hole in the hollowed-out pumpkin for the cord, and place jar inside. Unplug lights before leaving the house or going to sleep. If using a candle, place it in a glass or votive holder, and cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin for ventilation (or leave the top off).?Battery-operated candles?are another good alternative.

If you don?t have you own designs, here are some cool ideas from Southern Living to make for your pumpkin:

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