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This will show you how to make your very own Chinese Lucky Cat-O-Lantern!
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Step 1: Step 1- make the pattern

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First, draw a pattern based on a Chinese lucky cat. Try to make it carve-able. Color in the sections that will be carved out with a permanent marker, then make a photo copy (you can reduce the size at this point if needed, depending on how big your pumpkin is)

Step 2: Step 2: Gather your tools

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You will need a medium to large size pumpkin, carving knives (I used ones from a store-bought pumpkin carving kit), an awl to mark out the pattern (or something else that will let you poke holes), a gouge tool (or small flat-head screwdriver) and masking tape. You'll also want something to scoop out the messy pumpkin insides with.

Step 3: Step 3: Cut out lid, scoop out insides

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Figure out where on your pumpkin the top of your pattern will be. Mark this with a piece of tape, so that you don't cut the lid beyond it. Cut out your lid, then scoop out the pumpkin insides. Yum!

Step 4: Step 4: Attach and mark out pattern

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Now, you will want to attach your pattern with masking tape. Using the awl, punch small holes to mark out the pattern. This will allow you to "connect the dots" when you carve. Note: For the small circles on the paws, I punched all the way through with the awl. Be careful though, because it is easy to mess them up.

Step 5: Step 5: Connect the dots, carve the pumpkin

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Now you get to start carving! I find it easiest to cut out the larger pieces first, and then work on the smaller details. For the whiskers, medallion and the lines on the paws, I used a gouge tool to carve into the pumpkin without going all the way through, so that they have a glowing effect.

Step 6: Step 7: Stick a candle in the pumpkin and admire your work!

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There you go! Stick a candle in that pumpkin and watch the beautiful glow of your Lucky Cat-O-Lantern!
MicioGatta10 months ago

Awwww, nice! I love maneki neko.

ghart33 years ago
can you take a "straight-on" picture of the stencil? If you wouldn't mind, I'd love to print it off and use it for my jack o lantern this year!! :) As the person above me said, I can't draw to save my life.
Erm..... That's actually a Japanese Maneki Neko (A.K.A. Lucky Cat), But otherwise, cool Instructable! Unfortunatly I already carved my pumpkin (As it's Halloween night as I type this) otherwise I would probably make that.
chris152524 years ago
Great instructable! But just a note, Maneki Neko (lucky cat) is actually Japanese lol. My cat Neko is actually named for the lucky cat, so I'll probably have to try and carve a Maneki Neko pumpkin this year! Thanks for the instructable!
very creative! thumbs up!!
Beautiful pumpkin, and the design is lovely as well. Did you draw it freehand, or find it somewhere online? (I saw the picture with the ceramic lucky cat, I was hoping that the drawing was somewhere online, because I can't draw to save my life) As the person above me mentioned, there are other ways to get the pattern on the pumpkin than the connect the dots method. My personal way is with carbon (transfer) paper, which transfers the whole drawing in one step, however, I like his idea of cutting right through shipping tape and will have to try it. Thanks for posting this terrific instructable!
St0ney7 years ago
Very nice carving/tutor. For simple cut through patterns, you could just use clear shipping tape over the entire pattern. and carve through the tape and pattern. Saves time (and your hands) from poking all those holes. For more advanced patterns, use transfer paper. St0ney