It's that amazing time of year. Warm aromas of baked goods with hints of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and vanilla fill our favorite places. We get to pull out our cute jackets, oversized sweatshirts, cozy sweaters, leggings, and boots. We have Fall Festivals and begin gathering around bonfires and having hayrides - where our focus begins to be more on each other. From football, festivals & family gatherings, there's just a *feeling* in the air... and we prep for the holidays to begin rolling in.
Here in Missouri, we have a true change of season. Our trees and bushes turn various colors. We begin to see deep vibrant reds, plum, golden yellows, and burnt orange/sienna. Our atmosphere declares that Autumn is here in all its glory. It's warm, family-focused, comfortable, and happy.
One of my very favorite things to do with my family is to visit The Pumpkin Patch at Rutledge Wilson Farm. The entire month of October there is called Harvest Fest, and it's so perfect in every way. There are a wide array of farm animals, tractor/hay rides, a huge pumpkin patch, a corn maze, haunted mazes for older kids, games, inflatables for younger kids, food, you name it. This is where we typically pick out our pumpkins. Searching for the *perfect pumpkin* in their HUGE pumpkin patch is half of the fun!
So with this season, not only do we share with you our love of sweaters, cute jackets, and leggings we share with you an experience of our culture and fun outside of work. A more personal side, our family, friends and the things we love. So without further adieu, I'd like to share with you some fun, free printable pumpkin carving templates.
We will be adding more designs as well, so be sure to check back with us for more stencils!
Below are the instructions for carving with our stencil and the link for the FREE printable download. Who doesn't love freebies?
We would *love* to see your pumpkins! Please share your masterpieces in the comments below and let us know what your favorite part of Fall is as well!
1) Prepare the pumpkin: Cut out the top hole by carving a wide circle around the. Make sure the hole is big enough to put your fist through. “Gut” the pumpkin by removing the endocarp (seeds, stringy “brains”) by hand or with a scoop/spoon. Scrape the insides as clean as possible.
2) Print VAHL stencil: (resize as needed) and trim excess paper with scissors. Be sure to leave at least a 1/2 inch border for tape or pins to affix the stencil.
3) Attach: Affix the stencil to the face of the pumpkin with either tape or push pins. For best results, tape the top of the stencil first, then the bottom, and last the sides. *You may need to crease the stencil to tape the corners properly.
4) Using a pin or nail make closely spaced pinpricks along the stencil lines, piercing through the paper and into the pumpkin.
5) Remove stencil and insert your carving tool into the poked lines. Begin sawing out each section. Dotted lines on VAHL stencils are areas that are completely removed. Solid lines are “etched.”
The following Cheshire Cat pattern only uses fully cut out lines in the stencil.
6) Light it up! Using a candle or battery powered light, insert the candle, turn off the lights (or place it outside after dark), and admire your masterpiece!