Paw Print Pumpkin Stencil

Download our free carving stencil for a howlingly fun Halloween project.

Paw print pumpkin Halloween stencil

To carve:

1. Clean out your pumpkin by cutting a hole in its underside and scooping out the seeds and pulpy bits.

2. Tape your paw print stencil to the side of the pumpkin. Go along the stencil lines with a pin tool, poking closely spaced holes through the paper into the surface of the pumpkin. Tear off the paw print stencil.

3. Carve the paw print design with a skinny, serrated crafts knife, sawing along the pin pricks. Pop out the carved sections by pressing gently on them with your fingers from the inside of the pumpkin, pushing them outward.

4. Add a lit candle to illuminate the toothy design.

Did you know your paw print pumpkin can pull double-duty as a festive air freshener? It's true! Just sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg inside the hollowed-out pumpkin cavity before adding your lit candle.

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