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How to Use Pumpkin Stencils
How to Use Pumpkin Stencils

How to Use Pumpkin Stencils

Carve up something fierce with these pumpkin carving patterns and tips on how to use pumpkin stencils. When you learn how to use pumpkin stencils, you'll be able to decorate your front porch by carving Jack-o'-lanterns and displaying them proudly. These unique pumpkin carving patterns will help you make the perfect Halloween decoration.

Pumpkin Carving Guide

Illustrated guide to Carving a Jack O' Lantern

Pumpkin Stencils

“Batty Bob” “Evil Ed” “Goofy Gus”
Batty Bob Evil Ed Goofy Gus
“Happy Hal” “Scary Sam”
Happy Hal Scary Sam

How to Use Pumpkin Stencils: Pumpkin Carving Tips

Carving Jack-o’-lanterns is a great project for adults to do with children. Kids can design the Jack-o'-lantern face, and adults can do the carving! Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Place the pumpkin on newspaper for easy cleanup.
  • Cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin, using a knife with a long sturdy blade. (Making the cut at an angle will help keep the top from falling through when you place it back on.)
  • Don't toss the seeds! For a delicious snack, try our recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and check out our seed tips at our Pumpkin Seed Ideas page. You can also use the seeds in our Crunchy Peanut and Pumpkin Seed Brittle or Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seed Dip recipes!
  • Before making that first cut of the jack-o'-lantern's face, study all sides of the pumpkin to find the smoothest side.
  • Draw the design on a piece of paper or print out one of our handy Jack-o'-lantern carving stencils.
  • Tape the paper to the pumpkin, then score the design onto the pumpkin by punching through the paper into the pumpkin flesh with a large nail.
  • With a sharp serrated knife, cut out the design using the punched holes as a guide. Remove the cut-out pieces by pushing them out from the inside of the pumpkin.
  • Congratulations! You have now mastered how to use pumpkin stencils. The finished result is ready to be lit on that special, fun and spooky night!
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