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Give a spooky appearance to your pumpkin with this free painting stencil. Carving is optional.
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Download the owl pattern and cut out the pattern. The pictured pumpkin was 10 inches tall and about 30 inches around. Resize the pattern on your printer or a photocopier to suit the size of your pumpkin.
Tape the pattern to the pumpkin. Use a washable pen to trace around the pattern. Feel free to alter the pattern by adding design elements of your choice.
To create the moon, use your pumpkin carving tools to carefully scrape off the pumpkin skin to reveal the light-colored pumpkin rind. Also carve out the owl’s eyes for a haunting glow.
Using the black paint, fill in the owl, tree, and bats. Remove pattern.
Place the stenciled pumpkin in a prominent place to scare away the ghouls and goblins.
The free pumpkin stencil will also work if you decide to fully carve out the moon.