Used random things around the house from knives to a screw driver. I also used a scooper from one of those pumpkin carving kits you get at wal-mart. Black marker, and no stencil or patter were used. I had to draw it all on my own. Took close to 3 or 4 hours but i think it was well worth it. Skinned the outside around the characters and also thinned the wall inside to make it glow better on the outside.