Unfortunately, it's one of the necessary evils of pumpkin carving and it must be done well if you want to be able to get a decent carve.
|Here's the pattern on a typical 8.5" by 11" page - too big to even see the pumpkin, so tear off anything that isn't necessary.|
|Pin that bad boy on. Interesting fact: pumpkins are round(ish), and paper is not. Therefore, fold and pin wherever needed in order to get that stencil to lay as close as possible to the pumpkin (see the top right pin).|
|Once you are absolutely sure you've poked through everything (cuz there's no going back), remove the stencil. You can see here, it's a little difficult to actually see those pokes...|