Eerie Owl Pumpkin Stencil
There's no question how this owl got its "eerie" moniker -- those eyes are uncanny! Add a flickering candle behind them, and the eeriness only intensifies. Etch this spooky nocturnal bird on your Halloween jack-o'-lantern this year, and wait for compliments to start flying your way.
This owl is more etched than carved (except for those shiver-inducing eyes), and there are a variety of tools you can use to etch the design. The simplest is a gouge, a woodworking chisel that can be lightly scraped along the pumpkin's surface to remove its skin. A more time-saving tool may be an etching power tool (some of which are designed specifically for pumpkin carving!), which is designed to scrape much more quickly and effectively than by hand. Whichever method you choose, etch the pumpkin surface carefully to avoid puncturing the pumpkin wall.
1. Clean out your pumpkin by cutting a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and removing all the interior guts. Tape your owl stencil to the surface of your pumpkin.
2. Use a needle tool to create holes along the stencil lines. Make sure holes are closely spaced, ideally no more than 1/8" apart from each other. Tear off your stencil after transferring all lines.
3. Etch areas on the stencil that are located within dotted lines by following our etching tips in the photo caption, above.
4. Carve areas on the stencil that are located within solid lines with a skinny, serrated woodcutting knife. Push out the carved sections by pressing on them from inside the pumpkin.