Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Pumpkin - preferably very round and not too tall; as spherical as possible
- Gold spray paint
- A light source - I used a candelabra style bulb because it is much brighter than a candle, and made the inscription easier to read.
- Standard pumpkin de-gutting tools
- X-acto knife
- Toothpicks, pins, or tacks
Step 2: Creating the Template
After installing the font, all I had to do to create the template was type out what I wanted the pumpkin to say and print it out. I had mine read "One pumpkin to rule them all"
I didn't bother converting it all into the Black Speech of Mordor, but it still looks cool in English. If you really want to go all-out and follow the Tengwar alphabet that Tolkien uses in his books, some great info on it can be found here.
Step 3: Carve the Pumpkin
After removing the template, use the X-acto knife to cut out the letters. Because the letters are so thin, I didn't cut all the way through the pumpkin, but only about a fourth of the way in. I angled the knife so that after cutting out the two sides of a letter, a wedge-shaped piece could be popped out.
By not cutting all the way through, the light creates a nice reddish-orange glow, very similar to the letters on the ring.
After cutting out all of the letters, I went through with a toothpick to deepen them and clear out any residue.
Step 4: Cut and Paint
After the hole is cut, simply spray paint the entire thing gold. Be very careful not to get too much paint over the letters, because the light may not shine through if it is too thick.