Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright October 2017.

Review: Easy Pumpkin Carving by Colleen Dorsey

I was so excited to receive a copy of this book to review. In years to come, I’ll use it with my grandson to decorate pumpkins in different ways. Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas by Colleen Dorsey has ideas for pumpkin carving, as well as other ways to decorate pumpkins.

I knew when I received the book that I wouldn’t be carving pumpkins this year. We used to when the girls were young, but this year I wanted my pumpkins to perform double duty. I wanted to decorate them, and eat them. I can’t quite decide if I want to make pie, cookies, muffins, or something else, but I definitely will be eating the pumpkin. Having the pumpkins do double duty saves money.

My main goal with decorating this year was to encompass the entire autumn season. This saves time, and autumn is busy for me. Pumpkins and gourds are great for Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating as well.

These pumpkins are what I made, using a simple idea from pages 22 and 23 of the book. You can find out how here.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright October 2017.

Page 22 shows a picture of a pumpkin with a black ribbon of lace tied at the top, and page 23 shows one that is hollowed out to turn into a vase. Given that I want to decorate and eat my pumpkins, I decided to decorate just the tops with fake flowers. I used glue sticks and a gun to secure them in place. The whole project cost just under $10, I’ll be able to use the pumpkin for food, and I’ll reuse the fake flowers time and again. Considering how expensive canned pumpkin is, I’d say the cost for this project is well worth it.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright October 2017.

The book explains the types of pumpkins and gourds that are best for carving, and which sizes are good for different kinds of patterns, as well as how to choose the best quality ones for carving and other projects. It is very informative, showing you five techniques for decorating your pumpkins.

At the end of the book, you’ll find more than a dozen patterns for pumpkin carvings, and a fun fact that goes along with each pattern. Each book also provides you with a code to get more free patterns when you visit the website.

I can’t wait for Little Man to be old enough to decorate pumpkins with me!

Happy carving!




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