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We’ve all been there.
You’ve braved the pumpkin’s innards and spent hours etching its Titian-hued flesh.
Then, the neighbor’s cat dashes by the window (or was that a ghost?) and suddenly you’ve lopped the smirk right off of Jack O. Lantern’s face.
It’s time to defy the exacting standards of our annual October undertaking and replace them with a more photo-realistic (because we’re using a real picture!) and totally classy (because we’re framing it!) pumpkin.
It’s a gourd revolution!
WHY IT’S COOL
Our pumpkin art isn’t merely more simple than the traditional Jack O’Lantern. It looks fantastic, too!
By day, the frame makes your pumpkin look like a doyenne of decor. By night? The flickering light from the faux-candle makes the photo dance around like a still from an old-timey movie, which is both cool and a little creepy.
Just how we like our All Hallows’ Eve decor.
- A pumpkin with one relatively flat side
- Your favorite seasonal photo
- Tracing paper
- A printer
- A knife or pumpkin-carving tools
- A flat frame (we found one at on the unfinished-wood aisle at our local craft store)
- 2 Nails
- A hammer
- A flameless candle (safety first!)
STEP 1: PICTURE PERFECT
Dig through your mom’s albums for a Halloween photo of yore.
Bonus points if it involves: a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle; a Renaissance poet; DJ Jazzy Jeff and/or the Fresh Prince; or all of the above.
Scan your photo and edit as needed. We found that over-saturating a bit really help the final product pop.
STEP 2: ENTER THE PRINTER
Tape your tracing paper to a piece of printer paper to make it sturdy enough to run through the printer.
Print the picture, then set it aside to dry.
STEP 3: GET GRUESOME
Slice off the top of your gourd and pull out its guts. Don’t forget to make a notch in the lid so it goes back on easy-peasy in the dark.
(Never carved a pumpkin? Our girl MStew shows you how it’s done.)
STEP 4: YOU CUT A HOLE IN THE … PUMPKIN
Grab a buddy to hold the frame in place on the pumpkin’s relatively flat side. Use your carving tools to mark your cutting lines; you’ll want the hole in the pumpkin to be just a bit larger than the frame’s photo opening.
Complete the carving and pop out the excess pumpkin.
STEP 5: GET ATTACHED
Trim the photo, tape it to the frame, and then nail the frame into place. We recommend a nice scroll-y frame so you don’t have to nail through the wood.
STEP 6: LIGHT IT UP
Wait until dark. Insert a flameless candle and gasp with delight. (Or lug the pumpkin to the darkest part of the basement and bask in your handiwork’s glory right away!)