Confession: We admit this DIY falls into the why-didn鈥檛-we-think-of-this-sooner category. But that light bulb finally ignited! Introducing the avocado jack-o鈥-lantern, our new go-to Halloween decor that we鈥檙e OBSESSED with. They鈥檙e laughably simple to DIY and make lovely tabletop decor for spooky fiestas. Plus, it turns out that avocados are *much* easier to carve than pumpkins. Check it out!

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We went with a skull design inspired by D铆a de los Muertos sugar skulls, but the design options are really endless with these fellas.

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Materials and Tools:

  • avocados
  • marker
  • utility knife
  • wooden skewer
  • lime
  • nail polish remover (optional)
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Psst: Want to make this a food-safe DIY? Swap out the Sharpie for a food-safe marker and use vodka instead of nail polish remover.

Instructions:

1. Draw the outline of eyes, nose and mouth. Carefully remove the avocado skin from each using your utility knife.

2. To make the eyes, carve the avocado meat down to the pit, keeping your knife angled inward. To make the nose, carve straight down to the pit. For the mouth, *don鈥檛* remove any avocado! Simply use the wooden skewer to 鈥渄raw鈥 in the teeth. You can also use this skewer to clean up excess avocado from the eyes and nose.

3. Generously squeeze lime juice over the avocado to preserve that pretty green color!

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Draw the outline of eyes, nose and mouth. Carefully remove the avocado skin from each using your utility knife.

Pro Tip: If there is leftover marker on the skin, you can easily wipe it away with nail polish remover.

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To make the eyes, carve the avocado meat down to the pit, keeping your knife angled inward. To make the nose, carve straight down to the pit. For the mouth, *don鈥檛* remove any avocado! Simply use the wooden skewer to 鈥渄raw鈥 in the teeth. You can also use this skewer to clean up excess avocado from the eyes and nose.

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Generously squeeze lime juice over the avocado to preserve that pretty green color!

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Bam! An adorable 鈥 I mean spooky 鈥 avocado skull. That kind of looks like an alien, and we鈥檙e not mad.

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How do you like them avos?

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Taking a stab at this DIY? (Pun intended.) We want to see the results! Share photos on Instagram with the hashtag #britstagram so we can take a peak!

Production + Styling: Maddie Bachelder
Photography: Chris Andre