Goatee Guy Pumpkin Stencil

We modeled this cool stencil after a pumpkin-chai-tea-sipping dude we met at a poetry slam event. (OK, not really -- but can't you just picture it?) From his sleekly parted hair to his pointy Vandyke chin, this pumpkin will add extra chill to your October evenings -- and we're not talking temperature.

Just a wee bit of etching on this hipster pumpkin's pupils makes him super expressive. Don't worry if you've never tried etching before; it's easier than it looks to create this translucent effect. Just log in to BHG.com (registration is free!) to access the downloadable pattern, then grab a gouging tool and follow our tips below. 

To carve:

1. Clean out your pumpkin from the bottom (not the top!), and scrape the pumpkin's interior wall thinnest on the side you're planning to carve. (No thicker than 1 inch is ideal.)

2. Tape your printed pattern to the outside of the pumpkin, and use a pushpin to tap in pin pricks along the stencil lines, keeping pin pricks closely spaced.

3. Tear off the pattern and etch stencil areas within dotted lines. To etch, use a gouging tool to scrape off the pumpkin's surface skin. Scrape carefully to avoid puncturing the pumpkin wall.

4. Carve the stencil areas within solid lines, cutting completely through the pumpkin wall. Discard extra pumpkin pieces, and light the interior with a candle or electric tea light.

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