Foam pumpkins are thin enough to carve with a craft knife and light enough to hang with thin wire.
Use a battery-powered “tap light,” sold at most home improvement stores, for illumination.
We found our pumpkins at Michaels, a chain of craft stores (800/642-4235).
- In the pumpkin’s back, use a craft knife to cut a hole large enough to slip in the tap light.
- With an awl, punch five holes in pumpkin for the laces and pull tab.
- Loop a piece of waxed string through the top holes and knot it to form a hinge, then loop another piece through bottom hole and knot it to make a pull.
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