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.