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How To: Pumpkin Lanterns

Thursday, 31 October 2013


Happy Halloween Lovelies!

Here in the UK we don't tend to celebrate Halloween to the extent other countries do. It's not generally custom to go all out & decorate our homes in all kinds of Halloween ghoulishness.

I fell in love with a more subtle way to partake in the spirit of Halloween when I saw these gorgeous Pumpkin Lanterns on Pinterest that are created by drilling into the Pumpkin - I thought, surely I can do that!
So, I asked Ian to show me how to use his drill - you should have seen the look of fear on his face!

Here's what I did...

get your pumpkins in various sizes & cut off the tops

scoop out the seeds & flesh - reserve the flesh to make a soup or roast

armed with your drill (don't let the power go to your head!!) decide on your designs - you'll need different sized drill bits for the different sized holes

drill the holes into your pumpkin according to your design, keeping your fingers out of the way!

don't dispose of the pumpkin curls...they make a pretty garnish on dishes, or pumpkin crisps if roasted in the oven

hold your pumpkin up to the light to check the design is coming together. I chose little flowers...

a zig zag design....

...& different sized circles in uniform rows as my designs


now you're ready to pop a tea light inside each one...


...and enjoy!

I love them so much I think there will be annual pumpkin drilling chez intotheblonde.

If you want to see the rest of my Halloween inspiration on my Pinterest board...click here!
Thanks for reading
Have a fun filled Halloween Lovelies

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23 Lovely Comments:

Amy M said...

These are so pretty and seem easy to create! I love them!

Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

Beautiful designs, and unusual - but it's a lovely change from all the scary faces :o). Very creative! Xx

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M.E said...

Adele they look fantastic!! This is totally the kind of halloween decor I like :) x

Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

I am not sure if I'd be able to carve a pumpkin like you did but I'll try!
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Chrissie said...

Can't believe this is a DIY - it looks like a professionell item to buy!

Such a good job!!!!

Happy Halloween too, Adele!

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Jessica Neumann said...

Fantastic Idea

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letiziabarcelona said...

lovely decoration!
happy halloween Adele!


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lolakate said...

omg I love these. I wish I had seen this sooner and bought some pumpkins!!! x

Sabrina T. said...

love this!! I'll try it for today

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TheTinyHeart said...

This is such a pretty idea for the pumpkins! Happy Halloween!

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Louise O Reilly said...

omg that is brilliant! I wish I was that creative. Well done you!:)

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Garazi Ibarrolaza said...

Nice!! Happy halloween!

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Emma Henderson said...

Those are some of the prettiest pumpkins I've seen!

Valeria said...

They're adorable Adele!!!! Happy halloween hun!!!!!! xoxo

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Donato D'Aprile said...

Good photos. Kiss kiss xoxo Donny from www.thefashionfordonny.com

Ana said...

wow you are amazing!!cool result

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Sofia Donatelli said...

This looks great.

Happy Halloween!
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Caitlin Inwood said...

Omg I'm obsessed with this idea!!

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the chilicool said...

Anch'io ho fatto la zucca con il lumino dentro, ma le tue sono piu belle :-)

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dana dimitras said...

They qre very nice :)

YeamieWaffles said...

Amazing job Adele, I hope that you have a great Halloween!

Filipa Moreira said...

Amazing!!

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maryln said...

These pumpkin lanterns are so beautiful and amazing.

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