A pumpkin carved with a leafy design
 

Harlequin Leaves

Front Left: With a small paring knife, cut along, thin grooves at a 45-degree angle into the pumpkin, being careful not to break all the way through the flesh. Repeat in vertical rows as shown.

Center: Intersperse vertical rows of two leaves with a row of a single leaf, reversing the direction of leaf stem in each row. Along top and bottom of single-leaf rows, cut triangular notches and depress slightly.

Back Right: Cut out leaf shape in two parts, leaving center vein in place, or use a scraping tool to peel away rind inside the design, leaving center vein exposed. (We used both techniques on our pumpkin)

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