Need a whimsical porch vignette, fast? Provide a little context for this emoticon's amazement by positioning your carved pumpkin with a ghost (or other scary creature) in its line of sight.
1. Click above to download and print our free surprised emoticon stencil. Affix the stencil to the side of your hollowed-out pumpkin, smoothing it down and taping it into position.
2. With a pushpin, duplicate the emoticon face onto the pumpkin by piercing along the stencil lines, creating closely spaced holes in the pumpkin's skin. Remove the stencil after transferring all lines.
3. With a thin, serrated crafts knife, carve along the holes to cut out pieces forming the face. (Hint: Allow cutout pieces to remain in place until you've finished carving.)
4. To pop carved pieces out of position, gently press on them from inside the pumpkin. Wipe petroleum jelly along carved edges to help preserve your pumpkin.