Pumpkin Luminaries


As y’all know, we LOVE to decorate for seasons and holidays.

Today, we are going to show you how to make some very classy (and easy) pumpkin luminaries.

We originally found this on This Old House and were just so excited to bring it to y’all so lets get right to it!

Make it a great day, you deserve it!


Aileen and Tracey

Step 1: Hollow out your pumpkin

Use a knife to carve a large circular opening into the bottom of your pumpkin. Clean out the inside thoroughly, scooping away the pulp and seeds with a spoon. Personally we think this is the best part LOL. Get your fingers in there and squish the pumpkin between them. It feels wonderful!



Step 2: Transfer your pattern

Rough out a design on paper first, then mark the dots on the pumpkin with a permanent marker. Try a swirling or geometric design, or randomly space dots or any design your imagination comes up with on the pumpkin shell.



Step 3: Drill holes in the pumpkin

Gripping the gourd securely near the stem and using a drill/driver, bore holes where you made markings. Be sure to hollow out all the dots you drew for your pattern. If you aren’t sure about using a drill just take a screw driver and jam it through the dot.



Step 4: Pop in the lights

Insert a string of small lights through the pumpkin’s bottom and push a bulb halfway through each hole. Use LED lights to make these really bright and economical. Run the lights’ cord from the bottom of the gourd to an outdoor receptacle.


There you have it! A beautiful alternative to the every year Jack O Lantern!



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