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Hide a Nott O’Lantern in the Shadows This Halloween
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Hide a Nott O’Lantern in the Shadows This Halloween

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Nott the Brave knows how to find a good hiding spot, and this Halloween, she’ll be the one jumping out of the shadows to surprise your trick-or-treaters! Carve a Critical Role pumpkin for when the littlest Critters come knocking on Halloween night with this template and how-to.

What You Need

  • A pumpkin!
  • Printed Nott the Brave carving template
  • Pumpkin carving tools
  • Battery-powered pumpkin light
  • Preserved Spanish moss
  • Black plastic trash bag
  • Green craft foam
  • White tape or medical tape/bandages
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pushpin

Get Started!

Step One: Begin by carving out the pumpkin, making sure to scrape the sides to get the stringy bits cleared out as well as you can.

Step Two: Cut widely around the printed template with the scissors. Tape it to the front of the pumpkin; as you attach it, you’ll need to fold it against the side of the pumpkin. Line up the printed edges as well as you can as you fold and tape.

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Step Three: Trace the grey edges of the design by pressing the pushpin firmly into the pumpkin. (If you push too gently, you’ll have a hard time seeing the dots later.) Trace every edge of Nott’s face, and remove the paper.

Step Four: Carve the shapes of Nott’s face using the dots you pressed into the pumpkin as a guide.

Step Five: Draw two ears shapes in the green craft foam and cut them out. Wrap them with medical tape (or simply use strips of white paper) to make Nott’s bandages.

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Step Six: Place the battery-powered light inside the pumpkin.

Note: Because you’ll be placing the moss and hood on top of the jack o’ lantern, do not use a lit candle.

Step Seven: Place the Spanish moss on top of the pumpkin as Nott’s hair.

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Step Eight: Cut off the top of the black trash bag and wrap it around the Nott O’ Lantern as a hood. Hot glue the two craft foam ears on either side, and your Critical Role jack o’ lantern is complete!

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Are you carving a Critical Role jack o’ lantern this year? Show us in the comments or on Twitter!

WANT MORE CRITICAL ROLE?

  • Catch up from the very beginning of the first campaign, and keep up with the new one, with the Critical Role Podcast.
  • Tune into the official aftershow, Talks Machina, live on Alpha and Twitch, Tuesdays at 7pm PT.
  • And don’t miss new episodes of Critical Role LIVE on Alpha and Twitch, Thursdays at 7pm PT.

Nott the Brave Illustration: Ariana Orner

All Photos: Kelly Knox

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