Each Halloween, you face a choice: should you carve a fresh pumpkin or an artificial one this year? Our tips and patterns guarantee perfect results either way.
Use the link above for More Before & After Pumpkin Stencils and simply log into BHG.com (or Register -- it's free), then open the PDF pattern and print.
Print our handy Stencil Pattern PDFs, then size on a copier and transfer the design to your pumpkin!
If you plan to carve a fresh pumpkin, draw the outline of a six-sided lid on top of the pumpkin. Then draw a notch at the back to use as a guide for replacing the lid. Make the lid large enough for easily cleaning out the pumpkin. Instead of cutting a lid, you may wish to draw an oval opening on the bottom of the pumpkin. With the bottom removed, the pumpkin can sit over a candle or a light.
Cut out the lid or bottom opening with a Lid-Cutter saw or a knife. To cut out a lid, carve at an angle toward the pumpkin's center. This creates a ledge to support the lid. To cut out a bottom opening, cut straight into the base.
Clean out the seeds and pulp with the Scraper Scoop or a flat-edge ice-cream scoop. Scrape the pulp from the area you plan to carve until the wall is 1 inch thick.
Choose a pattern from our selection and enlarge or shrink the design as needed to fit the pumpkin. Attach the pattern to your pumpkin using tape or straight pins. If you use pins, place them on the design lines to avoid unwanted holes in the pumpkin.
For a fresh pumpkin, use the tip of a poker tool to make holes along the design lines about 1/8 inch apart. Don't push the poker all the way through the wall of the pumpkin; remove the pattern. For a Fun-Kins pumpkin, use a pencil to firmly draw over the pattern and engrave the design lines on the pumpkin.