Boo Kitty Pumpkin Stencil

This mischievous kitty is ready to spook trick-or-treaters from his front-porch perch this Halloween. You can tell from his satisfied smile that he's already surprised a few. (We won't lie ... we jumped, too.) Carve his furry, fun-loving face into your jack-o'-lantern, and wait for the laughs and squeals to roll in.

Boo Pumpkin carving

If your kitty's carved outline looks a little rough around the edges, try our favorite technique for smoothing out jagged patches. We use a triangle-head clay-modeling tool or a small trimming loop to skim along the carved edges; afterward, just wipe trimmed edges with a paper towel to remove any clinging bits of pumpkin skin.

To carve:

1. Cut out the bottom of your pumpkin with a thin, serrated carving knife, and use a metal ice cream scoop to clear out the yucky stuff. With a pumpkin scraper or large trimming loop, scrape the pumpkin's interior thinnest on the side you're planning to carve.

2. Fasten your printed Boo Kitty stencil to the pumpkin's exterior, and map the pattern onto the pumpkin's surface by jabbing along the stencil lines with a large nail or pin tool, puncturing both the paper and the pumpkin surface. For best results, keep hole marks closely spaced.

3. Rip off the pattern, and cut along the hole marks to carve the pattern. Leave all carved sections in place until the entire design has been cut out; press gently on the pieces from inside the pumpkin to dislodge them.

4. Smooth carved edges by using a triangle-head clay-modeling tool to skim along the surfaces as described above. Discard any trimmed bits.

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