28 October 2010

No-carve, no-pumpkin mini Jack O'lanterns

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via www.instructables.com

No time or inclination to carve pumpkins? Grab your Sharpies and a bag of clementines (or other small citrus fruits) and make your own posse of mini Jack o'lanterns!

(This link came across my Twitter stream and for the life of me I can't find the original tweeter. Whoever you are -- thanks for sharing. This is adorable and a Godsend for those who get the willies from pumpkin innards.)

By the way, Instructables has an amazing Halloween section full of more DIY goodness. Must see!

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That is such a cute idea. I just bought some clementines that I like to put in my son's lunchbox. He would love it if I put a face on it. Thanks!

That's an awesome idea! I just created a row for my 4yo to discover. (With plenty of more blank ones for him to draw on.)

@Asha:I posted it on the FB page yesterday and someone replied saying it was going to be shared. Perhaps you are thinking of that (rather than twitter)?

Anyway, it's a great thing and I'm happy the idea is getting a larger audience!

Yes, yes! Thank you so much! I'm glad you spoke up...it was a busy day with lots of links flying past my brain. I loved this idea and was thrilled to find it on the PH Facebook page!

Any concern over the chemicals from the Sharpie ink leaking into the edible portion of the clementine?

Great idea - I just tweeted this. I have used clementines as a make-shift travel menorah.

Good point. I was thinking about these as decorations only, but perhaps if they are going to be eaten, using non-toxic markers instead. Not as inky black, but safer.

Judaica hacks! :) Love it.

Ah, turns out Sharpies are actually non-toxic after all!

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