Carving the pumpkin is one of the most
Note to youngsters and the clumsy (like me): please be careful with sharp objects and ask an adult to help!
Here are some of the best printable dog-themed carving patterns I've found by searching online. Enjoy!
Dog Breed Stencils - The Beagle one is ridiculously cute. Some are simpler than others, so if you're an ambitious beginner, do take a look!
Dog in Shadow - Not outstandingly difficult but does require thinning out one area rather than cutting through, which might be tricky for first-timers.
Smiley Dog - A simple design that just needs a small sharp tool to get around the curves.
Grumpy Dog - As above, really - not complex, just a little fiddly in parts. And grumpy. Definitely grumpy.
DLTK Scooby-Doo - Surprisingly straightforward!
Or, of course, you could always make a pumpkin cat...
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