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With all the great pumpkins and gourds at the Market these days, what could be more fun for your family this Halloween than making your own “gourd family” for a fun and un-scary fall decoration?

Gourd Family

from Martha Stewart Kids, 2002

Tools and Materials:

  • Two dozen 6-inch skewers
  • Wax pencil
  • Child-safe pumpkin-carving saw
  • Toothpicks
  • Staples
  • Waxed twine
  • Round wood gouge

Gather some natural objects for decorating and for facial features: We used almonds, carrots, pearberries, pear leaves, pine cones, oak leaves, pumpkin seeds, gourds, hazelnuts, chrysanthemums, and radishes for eyes, ears, noses, mouths, and hair.

Gourd Family How-To:

  1. To make the bodies, select pumpkins in a range of sizes, stack, and secure them to one another with skewers.
  2. To make faces, trace the object you will use for each feature onto pumpkin with wax pencil, then cut and scoop out a slightly smaller opening. Lay object on the opening, and press to wedge it in. Poke holes for small objects such as twigs and leaf stems using skewers or toothpicks. Push in staples to hold hair, such as dad’s comb-over.
  3. For the dad’s glasses, twist a 2-foot-long twig; tie in place through the lenses with waxed twine. For the mom’s apron, tie Swiss chard onto twine.
  4. For the child’s hat, an adult should cut a small pumpkin in half horizontally and scallop the edge of the top using the wood gouge.