Some people like to have lit candles while enjoying the various (and at times identical) dishes of food that litter the table. Well, I decided to combine both the light and the serving dishes together and came up with this.
Warning:Sharp objects are used in this instructable. Please be careful while carving. Soldering irons will also burn while they are hot
1. Pumpkin (or Acorn Squash, which is better for the Thanksgiving spirit)
2. Small light bulbs (or LED's, which I didn't have)
3. 9v Battery
4. Push button switch (on/off switch)
6. Goop (something to "waterproof" the lights)
7. Food Container
9. Thanksgiving Design (picture on paper)
1. Large Knife
2. Carving kit (or small knives)
3. Solder and soldering iron
Step 1: Hollow and Design
First objective is to "gut" the pumpkin. To do this, we must first cut off the cover. Angle the large knife at approx. 45 degrees inwards, cut a circle out that will be large enough for your food container to fit through. Pull the cover out and remove the pulp from the underside using the knife. Next using a combination of the large knife, a spoon, and your hands, clean the inside of the pumpkin out. Try to get as much of the pulp and seeds out as possible.
Now that you've cleaned the pumpkin out, you can figure out where you want to place your design(s) that you've chosen or made. Once you find that special spot, tape the design to the pumpkin. Using the carving knives, outline the design into the pumpkin. Start from the center and work your way out (my outline looks better then the finished product :P ).