Smile Emoticon Pumpkin Stencil

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!

To carve:

1. Sign in to 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.


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