Halloween Ideas

How to Make a Pretty Fretwork Pumpkin

Looking for a new pumpkin-carving technique? Requiring just two different-sized drill bits, this sculptural and intricate design is easier to create than you may think.

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Materials Needed:

  • pumpkin
  • household drill
  • large and small drill bits
  • sharp knife or pumpkin saw
  • large serving spoon
  • newspaper
  • painter's tape
  • paper towels
  • Q-tips
  • votive holder and votive or LED candle

Empty Out Pumpkin

Place pumpkin on several layers of newspaper. Using a kitchen knife or pumpkin saw, cut a large hole in the pumpkin's bottom. Use a serving spoon to remove all pumpkin flesh and seeds from inside.

Tip: Save the seeds to toast later for a healthy snack.

Apply Tape

Attach a piece of painter's tape around the center of the pumpkin. Apply another row of painter's tape approximately 2 inches above the first piece of painter's tape.

Drill Holes Using Large Bit

Use a large drill bit to drill holes into the pumpkin just under the top piece of painter's tape. Drill another row of large holes all the way around the pumpkin, just above the bottom piece of painter's tape. Remove both pieces of tape and drill a third row of large holes directly above the top row of holes.

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