Before you begin, carefully cut a circle around the pumpkin stem, lift off the lid and remove the seeds from the lid and inside the pumpkin.
Step 1: Tap Cookie Cutter
Step 2: Remove Cookie Cutter
Step 3: Carve Pumpkin
Step 4: Remove Shapes
Step 5: Insert Candle
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Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet until at least half of the cutter has pierced the pumpkin's shell. (If the pumpkin shell is thin, the cutter may be pounded all the way through the shell.)
Remove the cookie cutter, using a needle-nose pliers if needed.
With a small serrated knife (or the serrated saw from a pumpkin carving kit), follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, making sure to cut all the way through the shell.
With one hand inside the pumpkin, push out cookie cutter image from the pumpkin and discard.
Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.
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