Ombre Cutout Pumpkin Stencil

We love a good ombre effect, and these stylish pumpkins take our favorite multi-hue color trend to new, seasonal heights. Just grab the spray paint from your crafts closet, and follow our easy instructions below. (Did we mention you can download the cute diamond and leaf stencils by logging into BHG.com? It's true -- and registration is free, too.)

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If elegant is the name of your Halloween game, this lovely design might just be your pumpkin-carving match. Flickering candlelight is classically beautiful inside carved pumpkins, but if you really want to play up these gourds' metallic sheen, scatter a few electric tea lights outside the pumpkins, too.

To carve:

1. Hollow out pumpkins of various sizes, shapes, and textures; spray pumpkins with a base coat of black paint, allowing the coat to dry completely.

2. Spray over the black paint with silver- and gold-metallic paint, covering about one-half to two-thirds of each pumpkin. Let each paint coat dry after applying the color. (You can also alternate colors by spraying pumpkins with a first coat of metallic paint and a second coat of white paint.)

3. After all paint coats have completely dried, you're ready to carve! Print out our free stencil patterns and copy multiple versions of your desired stencil onto the pumpkins. To transfer the stencil pattern, tape the printed pattern to the surface of the pumpkin, and trace along the pattern lines with a pin, puncturing the surface of the paper into the skin of the pumpkin. Keep pin pricks closely spaced.

4. Remove the stencil, and use the pin pricks as a cutting guide to carve the pumpkin. Use a thin, serrated knife to cut completely through the wall of the pumpkin, and press gently from inside the pumpkin to pop cutouts outward.

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