Smile with Hair Emoticon Pumpkin Stencil

From his flowing digital locks to his geometric smile, this pumpkin stencil is sure to produce a few grins -- along with a few OMGs and LOLs. Click below to grab our free stencil!

Traditional candles are beautiful, but where there's fire, there's smoke. If you opt for a flame-lit candle rather than a battery-operated one, you can avoid a potentially hairy situation by carving a chimney hole in your pumpkin. Just carve an additional opening at the top of your pumpkin, ideally in a less-visible area such as behind the stem. This opening allows smoke to escape and extra oxygen to enter, keeping your candle lit.

To carve:

1. Clean out your pumpkin from the bottom (not the top) by cutting a circle in its underside and spooning out the mushy mass of strings and seeds inside. Flatten the carved pumpkin circle by cutting off its pulpy side with a knife; this will become a candle platform.

2. Tape your printed stencil to the pumpkin's side, smoothing the paper as you tape. Copy the pattern onto the pumpkin's exterior by using a pin tool to pierce holes along the stencil lines. Detach the paper stencil after outlining the design.

3. Cut out the design with a sharp, serrated crafts knife, and pop the carved pieces outward by pressing on them with your fingers. Wipe a thin coat of petroleum jelly along the carved edges to help preserve your pumpkin.

4. Illuminate your design by placing a battery-operated candle on the leveled pumpkin circle and setting the carved pumpkin over it. (Note: If you use a traditional candle, follow our tips above to create a chimney hole.)


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