Either this paw print pumpkin stencil is a regular ol' dog print that's been enlarged by a factor of ten, or it's a true-to-life werewolf print. We'll let you decide which story you want to tell your neighbors. Download our free stencil today for a howlingly fun carving project!

By Jessica Tull
free paw print stencil pattern

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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