What should you do if your pumpkin's carved edges are ragged? Good question! We correct minor carving errors by skimming along the edges with a triangular-head clay-modeling tool. Just wipe away the trimmed bits with a paper towel.
1. Access our free question-mark stencil pattern by signing in to BHG.com. (If you haven't registered with us yet, don't worry -- registration is free, too!) Print out the stencil and affix it to the side of your hollowed-out pumpkin with tape, smoothing the paper as you tape it down.
2. Use a pin tool or wooden skewer to trace the pattern onto the pumpkin's exterior. To trace, just pierce closely spaced holes along the pattern lines, keeping holes within 1/8" of each other for best results.
3. Tear off the pattern, and saw along the holes with a skinny, serrated knife. Press on carved pieces to dislodge them and throw them in the trash.
4. Wipe carved surfaces with a thin coat of petroleum jelly to keep your gourd hydrated.