Acorns aren't just for fall wreaths. They're also gorgeous etched into the side of a pumpkin, tucked under the shady silhouettes of oak leaves. If you have one of these hardy trees in your yard, bring its beauty a little closer to your doorstep by carving this woodsy pumpkin stencil.

By Jessica Tull
September 03, 2015

Little etching details (like the crosshatched caps on those darling acorn lids) look best on a flat surface free from lumps and deep pumpkin ridges. When you're selecting a pumpkin for carving, look for at least one smooth side for carving, as well as a flat underside to keep your carved creation stationary.

free oak leaves & acorns stencil pattern

To carve:

1. Print out our free oak leaves and acorns pattern, and if necessary, reduce or enlarge the pattern with a copier to better fit your pumpkin. Flatten the pattern against the side of your cleaned-out pumpkin and tape it down, keeping the paper as smooth as you can.

2. Pierce along the stencil lines with a wooden skewer or needle tool, outlining the design elements with tightly spaced holes. (Editor's tip: For best results, keep pin holes within 1/8 inch of each other.) Tear off the pattern once you've duplicated all stencil lines onto the pumpkin surface.

3. Etch around the leaves and acorns with a chisel or power etching tool, removing just the top layer of pumpkin skin. To give your leaves and acorns a soft backlit glow, place a bright battery-operated candle inside the pumpkin cavity.


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