The pumpkin is everyone's favorite cucurbit come Halloween time, and while there are only a few types of Halloween-friendly pumpkins out there, there is definitely no shortage of what you can do with them.
Halloween is less than a couple weeks away, so it's about that time you start thinking of cool ways to decorate your house (if you haven't already), and pumpkins are an obvious choice. Pumpkins are one of the cornerstones of Halloween celebrations, dating all the way back to the early 19th century. Carved jack-o'-lanterns are a great way to add some spookiness around the house, but that takes time, skill, and effort. Creating cool glow-in-the-dark pumpkins requires no carving at all—and looks...
A well-executed jack-o'-lantern can be pretty damn impressive, but some of us lack the carving skills necessary to pull it off and end up disappointed. Sometimes you just don't want to put in all the time required to cut open a pumpkin, gut it, and chisel an elaborate face or cool design into it.
You can carve a pumpkin that smokes, has an LED display, or even one with the President's face on it, but if you want your jack-o'-lantern to really stand out—make it sing the Ghostbusters theme.
Do you have two dollars and a water bottle? Then you can put together this simple but awesome solar-powered lantern that will provide more than enough light to read by at night.
Pumpkin carving is one of the most fun and creative of the many fun and creative elements that make Halloween such a great holiday. If you need some tips for improving your pumpkin carving, you've come to the right place. This video will show you tips, tricks, and tools that will allow you to carve more elaborate, cooler pumpkins more easily.
This video shows the viewer how to make Halloween style lanterns using commonly available items. The base lantern is a Chinese style paper lantern; these can be purchase from home retail stores. The general principal is too cut out the shapes of insects from black paper. These can then be fixed to the lantern to project the image. Additionally holes can be cut in the insects and covered with red tissue paper. The light will shine through the red tissue paper giving the appearance of blood. Th...
For this project you will need a Chinese takeout container, a hole punch, paint brush, paint, a container for the paint and newspaper. Flatten the Chinese takeout container. Use your hole punch to make holes in it, choosing any pattern you would like. Place the container on the newspaper and paint the outer surface, using any color you prefer. Once you have allowed the pain to dry you can reassemble the Chinese takeout container, back to it's original look. Then you simply place a tea light i...
Why buy lanterns for your backyard when you can recycle empty jars into beautiful ones? This video will show you how to make lanterns out of old jars.
We know that December 31st may seem like old news now, but for the Chinese the New Year is just getting started. Chinese New Year begins on February 3rd and ushers in the Year of the Rabbit.
Sarah McColl teaches us how to light up a room or backyard with homemade lanterns. As she shows us, lighting is one thing you never want to neglect. Electricity is not required.
This video illustrate how to make Chinese paper lanterns with origami. here are the following steps.Step 1: Take a string for holding the lanterns.Step 2: Now take a square sheet of paper and fold it diagonally so that two diagonal intersecting crease are formed.Step 3: Now hold the crease together and push it upwards to form a triangle.Step 4: Now fold the triangle into two equal triangles, do the same with the other side also.Step 5: Now fold one triangle and crease it to the center, repeat...
Love carving jack-o'-lanterns but hate dealing with all the gunky pumpkin seeds afterward? There are plenty of no-carve ways to decorate a pumpkin for Halloween, but what if you're sick of the orange pumpkin aesthetic and still want to get your hands dirty carving something?
Michelle Gervais shows us how to make easy garden lanterns in this tutorial. First, grab an empty can and fill it with sand up to the top, then fill it with water. Put the can in the freezer and let it sit overnight. Next, grab a leaf template and place it on a piece of white paper, then put parchment paper over the leaf and trace the leaf. Now, grab the can and put it on a cushion and wrap your stencil on the can and secure with tape. Grab a sharp nail and hammer, and hammer the nail around ...
I don't know what I've been doing in the past when it comes to carving pumpkins, but usually they last a little while. For some reason, the pumpkins we carved this year lasted only two days before they became almost completely engulfed in mold and pumpkin juice. Maybe our apartment isn't suitable for carved pumpkins. I was hoping they'd last until Halloween, but I got to say these pumpkins are way creepier once nature took its course. You may not see it just yet, but you can see the mold real...
This year for Halloween, don't just settle for the normal cutesy pumpkin carvings — make these creepily charred and contorted miniature jack-o'-lanterns instead.
Carving Jack-O'-Lanterns is actually one of the safest parts of Halloween, despite the sharp knives involved. There are all kinds of techniques and styles, and this video will give you some great tips to help your pumpkin carving. It includes tips for keeping your pumpkin from getting mold and making it smell nice, and also advice on the use of foam pumpkins for those who want to eschew the mess of using the real thing.
Supplies1.20-35 square papers (all the same size)2.stapler
This tutorial video shows you the process of lighting and launching sky lanterns. These are common in Asia during holiday celebrations. Lighting them is a simple but delicate process.
Make your garden into a winter wonderland with some snow lanterns! Let it snow!
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a Halloween lanterns. Users will need to visit this website: jennadeangeles/] and download the Halloween template. The materials required for this project are: download template, vellum, poster, rubber stamps, metal ruler, glue and orange card stock. Begin by cutting out the lantern with the openings as well. Now stamp the vellum with some black acrylic paint. Finish by closing the lantern with glue. This video i...
If you're looking for a new twist for creating Jack-o-Lanterns, Allen Smith has come up with the Jack-O-Lantern totem pole. Watch his demonstration to learn how to make your own!
Carving pumpkins into creepy looking jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween can actually become fairly boring and tedious if you’re doing the same thing year after year. This time, jump into a whole new realm of Halloween fun with some exploding pumpkin faces! I like to call them blast-o’-lanterns, but can call them whatever you want.
I loved my Lite-Brite as a kid. There was just something about using those little multicolored pegs to make my own designs, and it's not exactly a secret that kids love anything that lights up (LED sneakers, anyone?). So how do you combine the old-school fun of Lite-Brite with pumpkin carving?
Review these simple steps to fold an simple and charming origami lantern. You only need a small piece of origami paper and a pair of scissors. This paper ornament and others can be used as decorations for Tanabata, the Japanese festival of stars. It is possible to attach several of these paper lanterns to a string of lights and illuminate your work.
Whether you're making pumpkin pie or carving jack-o'-lanterns during Halloween, make sure you save those pumpkin seeds, because they're a great source of fiber and can be a tasty snack. The best thing about baking pumpkin seeds is that you can get really creative with the flavor. In this video recipe, you'll learn how to make a spicy chipotle chili pepper, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce flavored batch of roasted pumpkin seeds.
This video on typhoon preparedness comes from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, where typhoons are common. The key to surviving a typhoon or other disaster is preparation. Stock up on enough food and supplies to last your family for about a week. Routinely check expiration dates on food, water and batteries and rotate your stock. Be sure window screens are in place and in good condition in the event the power is off for several days.
This video tutorial is in the Home & Garden category which will show you how to light up your ceiling without recess lighting. Tamara Maslar shows two easy lighting projects to brighten up your living room. The first project is lanterns. You will need paper lanterns, assorted fabrics, some screws with hooks at the ends, a glue gun with sticks, fishing line, 40W bulbs, extension cords and light kits. Put three screw hooks on the ceiling. Prepare the lanterns by fixing the bulbs to the light ki...
Paper lanterns are a cool decoration. Why not make one yourself and get your kids involved? Your kids will love making these cool looking lamps and they will be fun to hang around the house or for a party or holiday. Follow along with this step by step tutorial and learn how to make quick and easy paper lanterns for display in your home.
The wonderful thing about a "farmhouse brunch" theme is that most of the materials you'll need to decorate are natural and quite affordable. From sprigs of flowers to brown string to burlap, you probably already have most of the things you need lying around the house.
In this tutorial, we learn how to design a fall centerpiece in a watering can for a home. Start off by cutting branches off of a willow and placing it into a watering can. Next, arrange Japanese lanterns around. After this, cut alstromeria and seeded eucalyptus and place them around the can where you feel they fit best. The best part of this arrangement is that you can arrange it however you want! You can add different types of fall flowers and add more or less of flowers you prefer. When fin...
The self-proclaimed "Flower God" was shopping the other day when he came across a vase that he could not resist purchasing. He shows us how to create a beautiful flower arrangement. He works with two different heights: a high plain and a low plain. He wires up some flowers so that they hold their shape better, clustering them down at the bottom. He then accents the low section with some Japanese Lanterns which project outward from the lower section. Next come the flowers for the height, tall ...
In this video from FiveSprockets we learn how to light an interior space while filming on a budget. For this you need two Chinese lanterns which he found for $2.95 each. You need 2 light bulbs which he found for $3.95 each. Make sure you get extra ones. Then get a couple of pan lights. They are day light and mood light. They were $7 and $5. You also need a multi colored gel pack which is $6.00. He uses C-stands to hold the lights up but he suggests coming up with other ways if you don't have ...
Follow a few simple steps to make a set of vellum origami cubes. Then enhance the cubes with decorative paper, sequins, and sticky Zots. With a string of small white or colored lights, the origami cubes serve as perfect homemade party lanterns. More than an origami lesson, vellum lantern cubes can provide mood lighting for any room.
Since it's October and Halloween is fast approaching, it's time for a series of articles on how to make the coolest Steampunk Halloween decorations for your home! In this installment, we'll look at some jack-o'-lanterns, skulls, and a few other things that are easy to Steampunk, but will still keep that "spooky" Halloween feeling.
During the fall, pumpkins get used more as jack-o-lanterns than anything else, but there are so many other ways to put this bright orange squash to use. Check out this food tutorial by quick recipe maven Rachael Ray to learn how to make a pumpkin and black bean soup with a spicy kick.
This warm and comforting dish makes great use of the fall season's most prized and beloved vegetables: the pumpkin. Thinking about carving up some eerie jack-o-lanterns? Remember to save the seeds!
Can you believe we're only a few weeks away from the official start of fall? We loved the lazy days of summer, but we can't wait for one of the best holidays ever invented: Halloween. We don't know about you, but we're already getting out our bat garlands and jack-o-lanterns in preparation for this spooktacular day.
Pumpkins are not just for Jack-O-Lanterns! Pumpkins very inexpensive right now since it is after Halloween! You can use pumpkins to make pumpkin soup, roasted pumpkin, roasted pumpkin seeds, etc. First, we will show how to properly cut a pumpkin. You'll need a big knife (the bigger the better), due to the vast diameter of the pumpkin. You also will want two buckets, one for seeds and one for flesh. Also, keep a garbage bag handy as a lot of garbage comes off of a pumpkin. They are messy, but ...
I'm one of those types of people who waits until the very last minute to find a Halloween costume, and thanks to last year's attempt at buying one at a local costume shop the day before Halloween, I will just settle for the things I have lying around in my house from now until eternity. It's like Black Friday chaos, only with more gropers.