No, that's not an angry cat preparing to attack. (Although depending on your Halloween decor, you could certainly display it that way!) It's actually a Scottish fold, a lop-eared cat breed known for its sweet personality. Devotees of these cuties with folded ears will be charmed by this detailed jack-o'-lantern version... and for that matter, everyone else in the neighborhood will be charmed, too. Download our free stencil to carve your own!
Thoroughly transferring your stencil pattern onto your pumpkin is important for achieving detailed results, but repeatedly piercing holes along stencil lines can be a little tedious. Try speeding up the process by using a sewing tool known as a pattern wheel, a handheld instrument with a spiked wheel attached to its end. Press firmly on the tool and roll it along stencil lines to reproduce the pattern onto the pumpkin's surface.
1. Sign in to BHG.com to download our free Scottish fold pattern. (It's free to create an account with us, too!) Print out the pattern and resize it with a copier to fit your pumpkin, if necessary.
2. Affix the pattern to the side of your cleaned-out pumpkin with clear tape, pressing the paper down with your hands to smooth it. Use a needle tool or pattern wheel to pierce the pattern lines, creating holes in both the paper and the pumpkin skin below. Detach the stencil after all pattern lines have been copied onto the pumpkin.
3. Find pattern sections located within dotted lines and etch those sections by using a gouge or power etching tool to shave off the pumpkin's top layer of skin. Carve pattern sections located within solid lines by using a thin linoleum-cutting knife or specialty pumpkin-carving knife to saw gently along the needle marks.
4. After carving the entire pattern, press gently from inside the pumpkin to nudge carved sections outward. Place a battery-operated candle or regular votive candle inside the pumpkin to light up the Scottish fold design.