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How to Make a Pumpkin Carving Stencil (with Adhesive Vinyl)

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I liked Halloween when I was a kid. I liked the ridiculous costumes, the themed parties, and sometimes even the childish tricks that came along with all those free fun sized treats. I pretty much enjoyed everything that had to do with the eve of All Saints' Day, with the exception of one thing. I hated pumpkin carving...but I don't hate it anymore.
 
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Step 1: Pumpkin Carving 1.0 - Paper Stencil & Misery

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When I was young, I always wanted to carve the baddest, most impressive jack-o-lantern on the block. But I never did.

Every year at my neighbors annual pumpkin carving block party, I spent about 25 minutes attempting to carve a pumpkin and about 2 hours sulking in the darkest cobwebbed corner of the room contemplating my pumpkin carving failure.

Needless to say, I hated pumpkin carving. I hated everything about it, especially...
  1. trying to tape a flat, paper jack-o-lantern stencil onto a not so flat, sometimes slimy pumpkin
  2. spending what felt like an eternity, poking tiny holes through a paper stencil which, without failure, would render itself useless after tearing or ripping
  3. failing to carve an image that would, even remotely, resemble the image depicted on the orignal paper stencil

Step 2: Pumpkin Carving 2.0 - Vinyl Stencil & TechShop

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But now I love pumpkin carving! How is this possible you might be asking yourself. Well, it's possible with TechShop.

TechShop is a DIY workshop space where you can find the tools, classes, and community to help you make, build, or create whatever you dream up. One of the classes offered at TechShop San Francisco is the CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU, the required safety and basic use course for the computer controlled vinyl cutter. In the class you learn how to create custom banners, signs, and stencils etc. out of adhesive backed vinyl.

Now that I have taken the CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU, I can create my very own pumpkin carving stencils!...and put my dark, miserable, pumpkin carving days of failure behind me.
Aww, I felt sorry for you about the sulking part.
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