Combining etching and carving in a single design adds special interest to carved pumpkins. For greater pumpkin stability and less risk of breakage while carving, we recommend first completing all etching sections (like those feather marks), then carving the design from the center outward.
1. Log in to BHG.com to download and print the free phoenix stencil. Resize the stencil with a photocopier to fit your pumpkin, if needed. Tape the printed stencil to your hollowed-out pumpkin.
2. Poke along the stencil lines with a push pin, pricking through the surface of the pumpkin. Keep pin pricks closely spaced. Remove stencil after pricking all lines.
3. Etch stencil areas within dotted lines. Carve stencil areas within solid lines.