Nervous Face Pumpkin Stencil

We can't help but feel sorry for this jack-o'-lantern; beads of sweat are just running down his face! But even though he's a little edgy, he won us over with that wobbly, uncertain smile. Add this concerned cutie to your Halloween decor by downloading our free stencil!

Sad Face pumpkin carving

For a fun Halloween porch vignette, put this high-strung jack-o'-lantern in context by positioning menacing decorations nearby. We think a fiery-eyed Angry Face Pumpkin looming overhead would perfectly justify his anxiety. Some pumpkins just can't take the heat!

To carve:

1. Log in to BHG.com to download our free Nervous Face stencil pattern. Print the pattern, and reduce or enlarge the pattern size to fit your pumpkin if necessary.

2. Fasten the pattern to the pumpkin's side with tape, and reproduce the pattern onto the pumpkin by using a push pin to puncture the stencil lines, piercing both the paper and the pumpkin skin. (Hint: For best results, keep pin pricks within 1/8 inch of each other.)

3. Take down the pattern, and slice along the pin holes with a linoleum-cutting knife. Leave cutout sections in place until you've carved the entire design, then push gently on the sections from the pumpkin's interior to dislodge them.

4. Place a votive candle inside the pumpkin to highlight your carved design.

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