ROFL Pumpkin Stencil

Sometimes an "LOL" pumpkin just won't do, and hysterical measures must be taken. That's where our free ROFL pumpkin stencil comes in! Download it today to up the pumpkin-carving ante. Just please, don't actually roll on the floor -- especially if you haven't cleaned up the pumpkin guts yet.

When you're selecting the perfect pumpkin to create this abbreviated masterpiece, keep a few qualities in mind. 1. A fresh pumpkin will have a green, firmly connected stem; reject any pumpkins with dry or crumbly stems. 2. A smooth, flat side is ideal for carving; avoid gourds that are super round. 3. A flat-bottom pumpkin is best for display purposes, since it stays where you put it; otherwise, your "ROFL" pumpkin will be just "ROF."

To carve:

1. Sign in to BHG.com to download our free ROFL stencil. Fasten it to the side of your cleaned-out pumpkin with tape.

2. Reproduce the pattern on the pumpkin surface by using a needle tool to outline the design with closely spaced holes. Push the needle through both the paper and the pumpkin skin below, keeping needle marks within 1/8" of each other. Tear off the pattern.

3. Cut along the needle marks to carve the pattern, carving completely through the pumpkin wall with a serrated crafts knife. After carving the design completely, pop pieces outward by pressing on them with your fingers.

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