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Paint and assemble these stylized pumpkins in an afternoon. Use them on their own or as a way to illuminate your other Halloween decorations.
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Wear work gloves to prevent cuts and scratches from the gutter guard screens and remove the hinges from the 10 screens. On four of them, use tin snips to cut each into a 24-inch-long piece and a 12-inch-long piece. (You can combine the leftover pieces from the two sets to make an 18-inch-long pumpkin -- just add another pair of duct caps and a PVC elbow.)
Measure and mark several locations along the screen 24 inches from the bottom for a straight cut. If necessary, stretch a piece of painter’s tape along the mesh to make marking the line easier.
Lay the four panels of each size on a drop cloth or cardboard with the outside facing up, and spray them with two coats of Fluorescent Orange paint on the front and back. Then spray three of the duct caps the same color.
Cut three 1-inch pieces from the 7/8-inch dowel and insert them into the larger of the two ends of the PVC elbows. Hammer the dowels in place and cut any extra flush with the ends of the elbows.
Drill 7/64-inch holes in the centers of the elbow dowels and 1/8-inch holes centered on three of the 7-inch duct caps. Use #8 x 1-inch panhead sheet-metal screws to fasten the elbows to the duct caps.
Spray all of the duct caps with the PVC elbows two coats of Farm Equipment Green.
Lay four 12-inch sections of painted gutter guard with their long edges together so the rows of openings match as much as possible. Overlap two sections by one opening in the pattern and connect the sections 2-1/4-inch from the bottom with a cable tie. Pull the tie just tight enough that you can still slip your little finger between the tie and the screen. Repeat about every 8 inches moving up the screen until you’re about 2-1/4 inches from the top end. Repeat for the remaining two sections.
Roll a four-piece screen into a cylinder with the ends overlapping by one opening. Thread a cable tie through the overlap and leave the loop loose. Repeat along the length of the screen.
Insert an orange duct cap on the bottom of the cylinder and a green cap with an elbow on the top. Tighten all of the ties around the cylinder. Remove the surplus from each tie with wire cutters.
If you plan to add lights to your pumpkins, use cable ties to attach the light strand cord up and down the sides of the gutter guard screen. Use wire cutters to make a small hole near the base for the plug to exit and add the top duct cap. Avoid sharp edges that could tear or puncture the electrical cord.