Knight's Fleur-de-Lis Pumpkin Stencil

It's no accident that the main petal of this fleur-de-lis design resembles a spearhead. Adapted as wartime insignia by knights of old, these fleur-de-lis emblems were a little sharper, a little showier, but every bit as elegant. Etch this eye-catching pumpkin stencil for your Halloween porch, and don't be surprised if little knights and princesses are drawn to it.

Knight¿s Fleur-de-Lis Stencil and Pumpkin

Since this design is etched rather than carved, there's no need to clean out the pumpkin's interior beforehand -- unless you plan to light it from within. Etched pumpkins give off a soft, translucent glow when lit. If you do plan to light your pumpkin, we recommend checking your progress as you etch by holding a small flashlight inside your pumpkin and shining a light at your design. Etch just deeply enough for a visible glow.

To carve:

1. Secure the printed pattern to the side of your pumpkin with tape. (Hint: Smooth the paper to the pumpkin's surface as you tape for best results.) Pierce along the stencil lines with a pin tool or wooden skewer, creating tightly spaced pin holes in the pumpkin's skin.

2. Remove the stencil, and keep it nearby for reference. Etch areas of the fleur-de-lis that are within dotted lines. To etch, use a gouge or sharp crafts knife to shave off slivers of pumpkin skin, removing just enough pumpkin skin to reveal the light-orange rind underneath.

3. Wipe etched surfaces with petroleum jelly to seal in moisture.

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