How Do You Make a Jack-O'-Lantern?


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Make a jack-o'-lantern by hollowing out a pumpkin, carving a design, and inserting a candle or light into the finished product. Newspaper, a pumpkin, a sharp knife, a writing utensil, a large spoon and a candle or light are all needed for this project.

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  1. Prepare the workspace

    Gather your materials. Set newspaper down where you will be working; pumpkin innards can be messy.

  2. Hollow the pumpkin

    Cut a circle out of the top of the pumpkin. Be sure to point the knife into the center of the pumpkin so the top does not fall through. Scoop out the pumpkin seeds and flesh with a spoon or pumpkin scraper.

  3. Draw and carve the jack-o'-lantern design

    Draw the jack-o'-lantern face onto one side of the pumpkin. Carefully carve the design out. Use a poking motion instead of a slicing motion with the knife.

  4. Light the jack-'o-lantern

    Place a light inside the jack-o'-lantern. If using a candle, be sure to place the candle inside a glass container and to not leave the flame unattended. Leave the top off the lantern or cut a hole in the back for ventilation. Another option is to wrap string lights around a jar and insert into the pumpkin, or to use a battery operated candle or flashlight.

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