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8 Great Jack-O-Lantern Ideas
Time to up your Jack-o-Lantern game this Halloween!
From costumes and lanterns, to yard and party decor, battery powered string lights and tea lights are a safe, convenient alternative to candles and traditional lights. Some of my favorite Jack-O-Lantern ideas use these handy little portable lights. I use the tea lights in smaller pumpkins and whole strands of lights get stuffed into the larger ones. No risk of catching trick-or-treaters’ costumes on fire, no burned pumpkin smell lingering on my porch, and no checking to see if my candles have blown out. And the creative possibilities are endless. Here are a few of my favorite Jack-o-lantern projects and ones I can’t wait to try this Halloween.
Many fruits and vegetables can be into a great Jack-o-Lantern idea. Try carving turnips, oranges, grapefruit, gourds and melons for a unique look. My favorite non-pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern is this spiky-haired one from kingshawaiin.com.
Simple Pumpkin Carving
For the easiest way to carve a pumpkin, pull out your power drill. That’s right, your drill can be used to create beautiful designs on your pumpkin that can also be used for Thanksgiving. I found helpful tips on doing this on thegardenglove.com.
Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!
From The Pumpkin, John Greenleaf Whittier 1850
Recycled Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries
This kid-friendly craft project from creativegreenliving.com is a great way to recycle all those random jars you’ve been saving. Group several different sizes together to create a centerpiece or even line your windowsills with these cute luminaries.
I can’t wait to try this elegant take on a classic Jack-o-Lantern from designsponge.com. These are great for use in a table centerpiece or arranged on a mantel. In my opinion, constellation pumpkins would look great anytime of year.
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