(If the pumpkin shell is thin, the cutter may be pounded all the way through the shell.) Step 2: Remove the cookie cutter, using a needle-nose pliers if needed.
Step 3: 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.
If cutting a bottom, cut straight into the pumpkin.
Step 5: Scoop out the seeds and strings from inside the pumpkin.
Step 2: Wipe the pumpkin clean with a soft damp cloth and dry.
Step 3: For a lid: Draw a 6-sided lid with a V-shaped notch at the back.
If using the latter, simply cut down one side of the grocery bag, then cut off the base of the bag so you have a big rectangle of brown paper.
Layer a few of these on the table and you’re good to go.
Step 4: With one hand inside the pumpkin, push out cookie cutter image from the pumpkin and discard.
Step 5: Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.