A pumpkin carved with a leafy design
 

Foliage Band

Step 1: On a piece of paper long enough to wrap around your pumpkin, trace leaves (these are eucalyptus) in a band design. Flip leaves occasionally so stem points in different directions; keep the space between leaf shapes relatively equal.

Step 2: Cut out the top of the pumpkin and scrape the interior clean.

Step 3: Transfer design onto pumpkin, adjusting paper every 6 inches or so to follow the curve of the pumpkin. Check results after the first leaf and, if needed, use a pencil to retrace design directly onto pumpkin flesh.

Step 4: Once design transfer is complete, carve leaf shapes using a carving tool.

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