With its blocky, modular face and slightly curved smile, this angular smile emoticon makes a terrific project for pumpkin-carving novices. (Think of it as a modern take on a traditional jack-o'-lantern!) To carve its straightforward face into a pumpkin, just download our free stencil.
For simple designs like this smile emoticon, specialty carving tools are strictly optional. A large nail pierces stencil patterns just as well as a pin tool, and a skinny linoleum or woodcutting knife cuts through pumpkin rind beautifully. Raid your garage for a variety of tools and experiment to find which brings out the best in your pumpkin!
1. Sign in to BHG.com and click the button, above, to download our free smile emoticon stencil pattern. Tape it to the side of your cleaned-out pumpkin.
2. Poke along the stencil lines with a large nail, outlining the pattern with closely spaced nail holes. Tear off the paper stencil.
3. Carve the design with a skinny woodcutting knife, sawing gently along the nail holes.
4. Add a battery-operated candle to your pumpkin's interior for a smile that literally brightens a room.