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A Milky Way Pumpkin for Halloween

A Milky Way Pumpkin for Halloween

For this Halloween season, Gardenista editor Erin carved a starry pumpkin that doesn’t require very many special skills, yet still manages to look grown up. Here’s how:

Above: To begin, Erin chose a white Lumina Pumpkin instead of the typical orange porch-dwellers (see Janet’s roundup for Favorite Pumpkin Varieties).

Above: She drew a faint line with a colored pencil to mark where to make the lid. Next, using a chef’s knife to make diagonal cuts in the top of the pumpkin, she made her cut. The diagonal cuts are important so that the lid doesn’t fall through when the pumpkin begins to shrink as it dries out.

Above: Erin use a set of hand drills to punch different sizes of holes in the pumpkin wall, starting with the largest drill and working her way to the smallest, making a haphazard pattern in the pumpkin wall. The Gimlet Hand Drills she used are $13.95 from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Above: After punching holes over the surface of the pumpkin, Erin decided to get fancy and turn a few of her regular old stars into supernovas.

Above: After supernovas, she went straight to comets.

Above: Set on her bookshelf, Erin’s finished pumpkin looks as pretty by day as it does at night.

Curious to see this pumpkin all aglow? If so, visit A Milky Way Pumpkin: All Lit Up.

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4:19PM PST on Nov 6, 2013


2:02AM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Thank you :)

7:08AM PST on Nov 3, 2013


8:00AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Looks great, thank you!

8:07PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Really quite beautiful! Think i'll try this tomorrow tho i'll probably muck it up. Thank you

1:26PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013


12:10PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

That was Milkyway cool and I didn't Snicker

12:07PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Totally different. I love it. Thanks and happy Halloween.

11:57AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Very elegant & different.

8:53AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Thanks for the article. And I did order a set of those handrills....

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