Monday, October 17, 2011

Monogram Pumpkin Tutorial

I know these tutorials and pictures have been floating around lately, but I had to share one of the pumpkins we did for Maddy.

By far one of the easiest "carved" {if you can call it that} pumpkins I have ever done.

What you'll need:

A pumpkin {not too small,  you need to fit your hands inside}
String of Christmas lights {I used 2 strings of 20 lights}
Drill, with a bit that matches the size of the light bulbs
Serrated Knife
Embellishments {optional}
Stencil of a letter {optional}

Start by cutting a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin

Spoon out all the "guts", save the seeds for roasting.
{might I add - brown sugar and cayenne pepper for roasting - yummo!}

Using the spoon, or a scraper, scrape down the inside wall of the pumpkin until its
about 1/2" thick or less 

Now for the fun part.
Decide what you want to put on your pumpkin.
A letter, pattern, shapes, name it!

I chose an "M" as one of mine, for Maddy of course.
Draw out your letter and tape it to the pumpkin.

Using a pen or something pointy, poke holes where you want the lights to go.
I wanted a light about every inch.

Remove the paper and start drilling baby!
This was the really fun part :)
And the hubs has NO IDEA I used HIS drill.
What he doesn't know won't hurt him.

Clean off the pumpkin and start pushing light bulbs into the holes, from the inside.
Push them in just until the tip pokes through the hole.
Leave the plug hanging out the bottom of the pumpkin so you can plug it in.

Plug her in and give her a test run!
Not bad :)

Add some embellishments if you'd like.

 Toss on the front step for a cheery Halloween greeting!

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Ashley said...

Totally gonna have to try this. Just showed the hubby and he thinks its a great idea.

Salena @ A Little Piece of Me said...

This is so cute! I Have never seen this done before. We're not really into Pumpkins around these parts. LOL. :) My neighbor who moved away would carve pineapples and light the candle inside, it would smell so great!

Munchie's Mama said...

That turned out super cute! I love the creative use of power tools!

Anonymous said...

This is seriously adorable & so creative!!!

Pidg said...

I love your new bloggy look it's beautimous! Pumpkins are awesome!

J's mom said...

Love it! Please post this, and anything else you may have,in my link party at



Megan C said...

That looks amazing!

Christawr said...

That is really neat, I'm going to have to try it!!

Lisa said...

What a cute idea! Love it!

Mandi said...

Excellent, excellent idea! I think this is one even I could pull off. Very cool, and thanks for the idea!!

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Chaunna from BehaviorFlip said...

great idea! I was looking for something different to do with the pumpkins this year (was thinking of painting mine, but I may do this with lights :)

btw - hopping through from the finding new friends weekly blog hop - hope you'll come check me out too!

Edith said...

I don't care how many tutorials are out there, this is good. It is so cute!

Kristen said...

That is so cool. I would have never thought of taking a power tool to a pumpkin. It turned out so nice. Stopped by from Finding New Friends Blog Hop. Following with GFC.

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