We cut out broad pumpkin sections to form this thick-bodied bird, which results in relatively visible interior pumpkin walls. Luckily, it's easy to create a pumpkin interior that looks just as professional as its exterior. We use a clay modeling tool (sometimes called a trimming loop) to skim the interior pumpkin walls, trimming them into a smooth surface. Then we shook out the trimmed pieces by upending the pumpkin over a trash can.
1. Attach your printed owl pattern with tape to a hollowed-out pumpkin. Smooth the paper's edges as you tape them to the pumpkin's surface.
2. Make closely spaced pin pricks along the stencil lines, using a pin tool to puncture the paper and the pumpkin's surface. Tear off the printed stencil, but keep it close by.
3. Refer to the stencil pattern to locate areas surrounded by dotted lines. Etch these areas by using a gouge to peel away the pumpkin skin.
4. Locate areas on the stencil surrounded by solid lines, and carve these areas with a thin wood-cutting knife.