Poodle Pumpkin Stencil

Wondering what makes this poodle pumpkin stencil so much fun to carve? Two words: poofy fur. With her bouffant hairdo and long, sweet face, this stylish pup has oodles of charm. Download our stencil today (it's free!) to create your own at home.

Poodle pumpkin

For a carved pumpkin that smells as sweet as it looks, sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg inside the pumpkin's carved interior before adding a lit candle. The candle's warmth intensifies the pumpkin-pielike aroma. Your family can thank us later.

To carve:

1. Download and print our free poodle stencil by logging in to BHG.com. (Set up an account, if you don't already have one -- registration is free, too.)

2. Tape the stencil to the outside of a pumpkin that you've cleaned and hollowed out. Prick along the stencil lines with a push pin, keeping pin pricks close together. Tear off the stencil when finished.

3. Etch stencil areas enclosed in dotted lines by scraping off the pumpkin's skin with a gouge or electric etching tool. Carve stencil areas enclosed in solid lines with a skinny, serrated crafts knife.

4. Set a lit candle inside your pumpkin to make your masterpiece glow.

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