How can you get real mini pumpkins to last longer?
The real mini pumpkins will rot over time, but you can help them last well into November by following these simple steps:
Wash the outer skin with full-strength white vinegar.
Let them completely dry.
Spray the outside ONLY of the pumpkins with a clear coat sealer.
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Fire-resistant material (such as tin foil)
Carving tools (knife, spoon, etc.)
Carve a hole in the top of the pumpkin, like you would a Halloween pumpkin, using a sharp blade knife.
Scoop the pulp from inside the pumpkin and allow the cavity to dry for several hours. You can speed up the drying process by dabbing the inside with paper towels.
Raise the tealights so they sit level with the top of the pumpkins.
To do this, stuff the cavity with something fire-resistant for the tealights to sit on. (For example: scrunch a ball of tinfoil 3/4 of the way up and simply press the tealights until they sit level with the top of the pumpkins.)
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