Check out five ways to bring the season's most iconic motifs alive in simple, elegant displays for outdoor decor.
Step 1: Draw or photocopy a branch design to desired size. Make sure your design has an open pattern with no overlapping limbs.
Step 2: Cut out top of the pumpkin and scrape the interior clean.
Step 3: Transfer design onto pumpkin.
Step 4: Carve design, first making shallow cuts with a small blade at a 45-degree angle for precision, and then making larger cuts with a serrated carving tool.
Step 5: With an electric drill fitted with a small bit, create holes at branch tips for a berry effect.
Step 6: Cut a small hole for an electrical plug in the back of pumpkin, near its base. Through top opening, place indoor twinkle lights inside pumpkin, feeding the cord and plug through the hole in the back. From interior, poke individual lights into berry holes, keeping the remaining lights inside pumpkin or trailing out the back, if desired.
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