You can carve some truly beautiful and artistic pumpkins freehand, but if you want to create really detailed carvings you'll want to use a pumpkin stencil. If you've never carved a pumpkin this way before you may be a bit intimidated, but don't worry, its easier than you think and you'll love the results. And all you'll need is a couple of extra tools to trace and cut out the pumpkin stencils. Below is step by step tutorial on how to carve your pumpkins using a pumpkin stencil.
PUMPKIN STENCIL CARVING TOOLS
SELECTING YOUR PUMPKINS & STENCILS
Try to pick out the stencils you will be using before you buy your pumpkins. This will allow you to create a shopping list or at least a mental idea of the shapes and sizes of pumpkins you'll need. Selecting the pumpkins you'll carve for your Halloween Jack-O'-Lanterns is very important. You'll need to pick pumpkins according to what you want to carve on them. Medium to large pumpkins work best for most stencils that you'll make or buy. Be sure to select pumpkins that are large enough and as close to the same shape as the stencils you're going to carve into them.
CARVING WITH PUMPKIN STENCILS
Attaching the pumpkin stencil
Transferring the pumpkin
It's important that you take your time when transferring the image from the stencil. Remember, you're making guide lines for sawing. Before removing the pumpkin stencil, look it over carefully to make sure that all the lines have been transferred clearly. Once the paper stencil is removed you'll see the outline of the stencils stencil marked on the face of the pumpkin via little dots. Once you remove the stencil be sure to save it in case you need to refer to it while carving.
Carving out the Transfer
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