We etched this fleur-de-lis's arms, feet, and part of its shoulders for extra visual interest. For pumpkin stencils that combine both etching and carving, we recommend etching first. This places less stress on the pumpkin shell, which leads to less risk of breakage. When you do carve, cut sections from the center outward, and leave cutout sections in place until you've carved the entire design.
1. Click above to download the free mirror fleur-de-lis stencil pattern. Print out the pattern, and smooth it against the side of your hollowed-out pumpkin, attaching it with clear tape.
2. Transfer the fleur-de-lis design to the surface of your pumpkin by piercing along the stencil lines with a wooden skewer or pin tool. (Hint: Be thorough! Keep pin holes within 1/8 inch of each other for detailed results.) Tear off the fleur-de-lis pattern, and keep it nearby for reference.
3. Refer to the pattern to locate etched areas, which are surrounded by dotted lines. Use a chisel or sharp crafts knife to remove the pumpkin's skin from these areas, scraping deeply enough to reveal the lighter-colored rind below. Be careful not to pierce through the pumpkin wall while etching.
4. Refer to the pattern to locate carved areas, which are surrounded by solid lines. Use a serrated, skinny blade to cut out these sections. (Hint: Saw gently, and follow our tips above to prevent breakage.) Pop carved sections outward by pressing on them from inside the pumpkin.
5. Coat carved edges and etched surfaces with petroleum jelly. Light up your mirror fleur-de-lis by placing a bright battery-opereated LED light inside the pumpkin.