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This set of instructions will teach you how to make a unique Halloween decoration. The pumpkin totem pole is a fun, easy activity for friends and families to do for Halloween.

If you don't have a yard or don't want to make a large totem pole, you can simply follow these instructions with smaller pumpkins to create a centerpiece. There are endless options for pumpkin totem poles. You can use different pumpkin sizes to achieve a stacking effect (large pumpkins on the bottom, small pumpkins on top). You can paint the pumpkins, in addition to or instead of, carving a design. You can even "accessorize" your totem pole with hats, scarves, or any other object. Most importantly, be creative and have fun!

Note: Steps 2-9 will be repeated for each pumpkin.

Approximate Cost of Materials: $35-40
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours or less

Materials Needed
• 5 or more pumpkins
• Pumpkin carving knife or serrated carving knife
• 3 five-foot wooden stakes
• Hammer
• Outdoor Christmas lights (clear or multicolored)
• Newspaper 
• Tape measure (or a ruler)
• Extension cord
• Permanent marker
• Garbage can
• Large spoon
• Tape

For pumpkin design ideas, visit the following link:
Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Stencils
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Step 1: Cover Work Area

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Lay newspaper down on table or other large surface to avoid creating a mess from carving the pumpkins.

Step 2: Place Pumpkin

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Place a pumpkin on the newspaper-covered surface.

Step 3: Measure & Draw Lines

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With the stem as the center, use the tape measure and permanent marker to measure and draw two perpendicular 3-1/2 inch lines on the top and bottom of pumpkin.

Note: After constructing our pumpkin totem pole, we found that 3-1/2 inch lines on the pumpkins would create a more stable totem pole (instead of the original 5 inch lines). Be sure to match the measurements made in this step to the measurements made in step 12.

Step 4: Cut Pumpkin Top & Bottom

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With the carving knife, cut a circle on the top and bottom of the pumpkin in order to create a 3-1/2 inch diameter hole.

Step 5: Remove Top & Bottom

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Remove the top and bottom of the pumpkin.
houghchrst3 years ago
This is awesome! I am thinking for posts maybe some bamboo or lighter wood and a white string of lights so that it will blend in more. I can't wait to try it.
pumkinhead (author)  houghchrst3 years ago
Thank you for the feedback! We also found that using wooden stakes would be better. Hope you enjoy making one!
ostomesto3 years ago
dreamberry3 years ago
Great idea =)