For now though...I'll let you in on a little secret as to how to carve a "polka-dot" pumpkin....so scroll below for directions! :-)
Supplies Needed: Regular pumpkin carving tools, drill with bit equal to the size of "polka-dots" that u want (I used a 1/4" bit), and optional are the mini ball gems (I believe u can find these at Michaels or any other craft store in the floral section ~ my carving tool kit actually came with the ones shown in these pictures! )
Step 1: Carve off top of pumpkin (I used a zig zag design ~ but I think it takes away from the cute dots- so next time I'll probably just do it the simple way).
Step 2: Gut Pumpkin
Step 3: Drill Holes randomly all through sides of pumpkin to give it the "polka-dot" look. If u use the 1/4" bit and are using the mini ball gems, then just carefully make each hole bigger by moving the drill in a small circular fashion while drilling each hole...this will help you enlargen the hole just big enough to fit the ball gems into the holes on the side of the pumpkin.
Step 4: Push each ball gem into the drilled holes.
Step 5: Put on porch and light some tea-lights inside! OH and I made the mistake of fitting the lid of the pumpkin back into it while the candles were lit...and they went out because there wasn't enough air flow....so just put the lid back on slightly off so there is plenty of airflow! :-)
Let me know if you have any questions!!
Hmmm...a pumpkin spice latte is calling my name now....