We love watching candlelight glimmer through this gothic design's petals, but you can also etch this pumpkin stencil for an entirely different look. To etch, just use a sharp crafts knife to peel off slivers of pumpkin skin inside the pattern lines. Avoid puncturing the pumpkin wall while you're etching; you should remove just the pumpkin's surface layer, revealing the light-color rind beneath.
1. Cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin and pry it out. Reach through the hole to dig out the interior seeds and strings. Scrape the pumpkin walls clean with a stiff metal spoon.
2. Fasten your gothic flower pattern to your pumpkin's exterior with clear tape. (Hint: Choose the smoothest, prettiest side to carve.) Trace the flower onto the pumpkin by piercing the stencil lines with a pin tool. Keep pin holes about 1/8" apart for the most detailed results.
3. Tear off the flower pattern and cut along the pin holes to carve the design. (Hint: Allow carved sections to remain in place until you've carved the entire design; this helps prevent breakage.)
4. Press gently on carved shapes from inside the pumpkin, nudging them outward to reveal the gothic flower design.
5. Brighten your carved flower by placing a battery-operated or traditional candle inside your pumpkin.