Whip up a happy holiday with pumpkin carving ideas and tricks the neighborhood will love
Show off a traditional Halloween message in a highly unusual way. Jackie Ortega, owner of San Francisco's Craft Gym, says
this project is easy to pull off once you know the secret.
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Artist Nikki McClure shares instructions for creating this unique jack-o'-lantern for Halloween.
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Foam pumpkins are thin enough to carve with a craft knife and light enough to hang with thin wire.
How to: Make floating pumpkins
Pumpkin house numbers are a surprising twist on the traditional jack-o'-lantern.
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Create a spooky trio of glossy black cats to watch over trick-or-treaters at your door. All you need are a few pumpkins in
feline shapes ― long or pear-shaped for the body, small and round for the face.
More: How to make black cat o'lanterns
Invert a glass globe that normally goes over an electric ceiling light fixture, tuck a tea light inside, and you've got a
glowing Halloween lantern.
Choose a globe that fits over the porch light and you can greet trick-or-treaters in an orange glow.
Get the how-to: Make globe lanterns
String your Halloween lanterns along your entry for a proper greeting to the neighborhood goblins.
Encircle a few pumpkins with slender carvings to add a subtle glow to your front porch.
How to: Carve elegant pumpkins
A Sunset favorite: meandering patterns add a whimsical storybook appeal to your arrangement.
Repeat a single leaf shape for a quilted look on hollow pumpkins. (Tip: long, thin grooves at a 45° angle work best.)
Create a centerpiece-worthy embossed effect with no candle or seed scooping required. Arrange multiple silhouetted pumpkins along the center of an outdoor table. We added stones and leaves to complete the setting.
Tiny pumpkins ― or any small gourds ― can be colored in minutes with acrylic paints or permanent markers. The secret to their
jewel-like sparkle is a finishing glaze applied after the paint or ink has thoroughly dried.
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To decorate your patio or porch this month, try plants instead of plastic pumpkins or gossamer ghosts. Combine black foliage
with orange blooms in pots of similar hues like ebony and persimmon.
More: The spooky plants we chose