Lovingly crafted pumpkins don't have to simply rot away! Try creating intricate designs, like this gorgeous Boston terrier, on synthetic carveable pumpkins. That way, you can enjoy your handiwork year after year.
1. Cut a circle in the bottom of your pumpkin, and use an ice cream scoop to scrape the inside walls clean of seeds and stringy strands.
2. Print out the free Boston terrier stencil pattern. Select the prettiest side of your pumpkin, and tape your printed pattern in place. Smooth out the paper edges as best you can.
3. Following the stencil outlines, go over the lines with a pin tool, poking through the paper into the surface of the pumpkin. Keep pin pricks close together. Tear off the printed pattern after you've transferred all the stencil lines, but keep it nearby for reference.
4. Use a gouge to peel away pumpkin skin within the stencil's dotted lines. Scrape deeply enough to reveal the lower, light-color rind layer, but be careful not to puncture the pumpkin wall.
5. Use a serrated knife to cut out stencil sections within solid lines. Discard extra pumpkin pieces.