Cat Pumpkin Stencil
Need a dose of classic Halloween style? This retro spooked-cat pumpkin stencil delivers the goods. With her back arched and fur puffed, this frightened feline is a classic spooky symbol that looks eerily striking against jack-o'-lantern candlelight. Download our pattern to carve yours today; it's free!
Clean lines on this kitty's profile aren't hard to achieve, and they make your pumpkin look extra professional! You just need the right tools for the job. Carving pumpkins with kitchen knives is a recipe for frustration; instead, buy a specially-designed pumpkin-carving knife at a Halloween store that's meant to cut designs in tight spaces. The blade should be skinny, serrated, and quite sharp. We also love using a triangular-head clay modeling tool to smooth jagged carving edges.
1. Use a pumpkin-carving knife (described above) to cut a circle in the bottom of your pumpkin, making sure the circle is large enough to easily reach through. Remove the circle and scrape out the pumpkin guts. Scrape the side of the pumpkin that you're planning to carve to approximately 1" thickness.
2. Tape your printed cat stencil to the pumpkin, and use a large nail or long pin tool to poke closely spaced holes along the stencil lines. Remove the paper stencil.
3. Slowly and gently saw along the pin hole guidelines, cutting from dot to dot. (Tip: Using a sawing motion instead of a cutting motion will make your edges smoother and decrease the likelihood of breakage.) Press on the carved section from inside the pumpkin to nudge it out.
4. Rub petroleum jelly on the pumpkin's cut surfaces, and light the inside of the pumpkin with a flameless candle.