Llama decor is everywhere, and we're totally here for it. Carve your own furry friend for Halloween—our free pumpkin carving stencil makes it so easy! We'll walk you through carving and scraping the design and show you how to add embellishments with the help of a drill—we promise it's easier than it sounds. Plus, we're sharing our best pumpkin carving hacks so you can create the best looking pumpkins on the block.

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What You'll Need

  • Pumpkin carving knife
  • Large spoon
  • Pumpkin scraping tool
  • Poking tool
  • Drill and thin drill bit

Prep Your Pumpkin

Choose a pumpkin with a smooth surface for this carving; since the llama design is taller than it is wide, we chose a tall pumpkin. Cut a hole in the base of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides until the rind is clean. Cutting a hole in the base rather than the top keeps the visible parts of the pumpkin looking nice longer.

Carve the Llama

Using our free llama stencil, trace the outline of the design onto your pumpkin with a poking tool designed for pumpkin carving. If you don't have this tool, you can use a needle or a thumbtack for this step. Use a scraping tool to scrape the indicated areas, using long, thin movements—this will make the scraped areas resemble fur. Be careful not to scrape the areas of the stencil that are shaded black; the black areas on the stencil indicate shapes that should remain untouched.

When you've finished scraping the indicated areas, use a drill with a long, thin bit to drill holes in the rind. You can follow our pattern or give your llama a custom look. When you're done, add a candle and put your llama on display!

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