Carve a Patterned Pumpkin

Turn standard grocery store pumpkins into decorative votive holders that are embellished with polka-dot cutouts.

Carve a Patterned Pumpkin
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Gather Your Materials: Small to medium-size orange pumpkins (round shapes in varying sizes work best here); a carving knife; a wooden spoon; a pencil; a cordless drill with drill bits in various diameters (we used ¼-inch to 1-inch sizes); battery-operated or glass votive candles

Get the Look: Carve the pumpkin the traditional way by removing the stem top and scooping out the insides. Then, create the scalloped-edge top by sketching your design directly onto the pumpkin and using a knife to cut out the shape. Make polka-dot patterns using a drill and drill bits in various sizes to create holes in the pumpkin. (Tip: We aligned our holes vertically for a neater, more graphic look.) Last, set the candle inside, and you've got a Halloween pumpkin.