Exclamation Point Pumpkin Stencil

Whether you're learning the !Kung language or just looking for a particularly bold pumpkin design, this stencil is for you. Download our free pumpkin stencil to add a little emphasis to your Halloween porch display.

Try etching this exclamation point design (rather than carving it), then add an LED candle to the pumpkin's interior for a soft glowing effect. To test if you've whittled away enough pumpkin skin to see the glow, place a small flashlight inside your pumpkin and shine it at your etched design. It's an easy way to gauge your progress!

To carve:

1. Log in to BHG.com to print our free exclamation point stencil pattern. If necessary, resize the pattern with a photocopier to fit your pumpkin.

2. Attach the exclamation point pattern to your pumpkin with tape and score the pumpkin's surface with a pin tool, piercing holes through the paper into the pumpkin's skin. Outline the design with holes; for best results, keep holes 1/8" apart.

3. Pull off the stencil and cut along the pin holes to carve the exclamation point design. Use a skinny, serrated crafts knife, and saw gently from hole to hole for best results. (You could also etch the design by using a chisel to peel away the pumpkin's top layer, following our tips above.)

4. Discard carved pumpkin pieces by pressing them outward with your fingers.

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