Holiday Crafts: The Pleasure of Pumpkins

By Kieran DiTullio

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Boo Welcome Sign
Aimee Herring

Boo Welcome Sign

This seasonal greeting will look great sitting on your porch steps or lining the walkway to your front door.

1. Hollow out three medium pumpkins through a hole cut in the bottom. Using a loop tool, scrape the inside front wall of each pumpkin (where the letters will go) until it is just about half an inch thick.

2. Using a china marker, draw one letter on each pumpkin. (If you don't feel comfortable drawing freehand, print out the letters in a favorite font and enlarge each individually on a black-and-white copier. Then cut out each letter and trace it onto the pumpkin with a china marker.)

3. Using a linoleum cutter, carve off the top layer of skin within the letter to create a shallow relief carving.

4. Cut a small hole in the back for ventilation. Position a lit pillar candle on a small plate and place the pumpkin over it.

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