Have y'all seen the artificial, carve-able pumpkins?
They look so real:
I waited until they were 50% off and bought three.
I saw this really cute idea on the DIY network: a lighted pumpkin topiary.
There are even tools to carve the fake pumpkins. My arms got their first work out in quite awhile opening up these babies:
To make 'stars', I drilled holes with a drill [insert manly grunt here]:
I cut a hole in each pumpkin at the bottom and the top (except for the smallest one on top). I then ran a strand of mini lights, hanging them on little cup hooks I lightly screwed into the foam pumpkin skin.
Gluing the pumpkins together was tricky. Hot glue ended up being the best. I finally found a use for an urn I bought nearly a year ago (80% off)!
I love it, especially at night!