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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkins, Power Tools and Peppercorns…


66 degrees - 11:52 am - blue sky with 40 mph wind gusts...

I just LOVE Halloween!  I also like to try different things (sometimes).  So in addition to the carved pumpkins that the kids love to do, I toss in some of my own “carved” pumpkins, which the last few years have involved an electric drill!


This is a super-quick way to get a fun and whimsical design that’s just as effective as the kid’s traditional toothy grinned pumpkins.


After you have scooped out all the seeds and flesh from the inside of the pumpkin you have two options: 1- create a design using a sharpie or stickers or 2- just wing it!  Whichever way you choose to go, use the drill to bore holes through the pumpkin.  Different sizes of drill bits will vary the size of the holes for a more decorative effect.  To light the pumpkin, place a small pillar candle, votives, or battery operated candle inside the pumpkin and replace the top.  And voilá, an updated look to your Halloween pumpkins!

For this coming Halloween (in addition to my drilled pumpkins) I want to try and make these…


They look like fake pumpkins with black rhinestones glued on… I wonder if I could use a real pumpkin and maybe peppercorns?  Hmmm… the ideas are swirling around now…

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