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I've never thought of myself as a very good pumpkin carver so this little project requires little skill but gives a nice end result. LEDs make clear marbles glow in the sockets of an anatomical human skull embedded in the guts of a pumpkin.

Any mention of this project must provide a link to www.zieak.com with credit to Ryan McFarland.

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Step 1: Materials and tools

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Gather the materials you'll need:

A rather large pumpkin
An anatomical skull
A battery powered string of LEDs or some other light source
2 large clear glass marbles
Hot glue gun and glue
Drill and bits
Carving tools - knife and spoon

I purchased the skull on Ebay last year in a lot of three seconds.

Step 2: Carve and gut the pumpkin

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Use a knife to carefully cut a hole in the pumpkin. Use the spoon to scrape the insides free of the walls of the pumpkin. I did not cut the traditional opening in the top of the pumpkin - i knew that it would be placed on my kitchen counter with the lights dimmed. Think of where you'll display the pumpkin so that you position the skull so that it will be seen and noticed. Keep all of the pieces and the guts.

Step 3: Prep the skull

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There wasn't a large opening between the eye socket and the brain cavity for me to string the lights. I used a 1/2 inch bit to provide plenty of space for 4 or 5 LEDs. Be very careful when drilling into plastic. I suggest putting the drill into reverse and pressing into the spot until it matches the tip of the bit. Then switch beck to forward and carefully take a little bit away. If the bit digs in hard then the whole skull might start spinning and could easily injure you. Remember that LEDs project light best from the end so your hole should align to illuminate the marble from behind. Remove the hardware - the springs and screws if you want the skull mouth to be open.
wow this is amazing
rredmon4 years ago
i enjoy the simplicity of this project...i tend to not think outside the box enough when it comes to doing things. end up spending a lot more time and money than I should...not to mention the aggravation of searching for materials.
riverreaper5 years ago
its Kenny !
gn0stik6 years ago
So what, now we're claiming IP on projects? Nice project, but.... whatever.
gn0stik gn0stik6 years ago
Just seems to go against the spirit of the site, that's all. Besides, I know that if I had aspirations to make money off of an idea, I wouldn't post a how-to here. I wonder if patent researchers check for prior art here. Interesting.
zieak (author)  gn0stik6 years ago
If you don't someone is bound to grab it and try to make some money off of it. Compose a song, write a book or an article, take a photo - you have IP rights. Why not on a project?
parsephoni6 years ago
Bravo! That is so creepy!
awesome and DEFINITLY different.
lol this is really cool I like how the eyes look, and I like the pumpkin innards on the face it makes it look cool great job! :D
JerBear7 years ago