Easy Pumpkin Carving book by Colleen Dorsey

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We love finding the perfect pumpkins for our front porch, but I’m not so skilled at pumpkin carving. The kids are used to drawing on our pumpkins, or even adding stickers to them. I’ve been known to glue candy to our pumpkins, too….but again, we’re not known for having the most creatively carved gourds on the street. When Fox Chapel Publishing reached out and asked if I would review Easy Pumpkin Carving, it seemed like the perfect chance to learn something new!  Disclosure: I received the book free; post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may earn an Amazon commission. Opinions shared are mine.

To my delight, this wasn’t a Martha Stewart copycat with 400 pages of projects I’d never aspire to attempt. While most of the suggestions are still out of my mediocre skill range, the photos showed unique ideas that most crafters could probably recreate.  Easy Pumpkin Carving is quite brief, yet offers full-color photos that are easy to follow.

For me, the most helpful feature of the book was the description of tools.  There are so many pumpkin carving kits available; Easy Pumpkin Carving explains how you can get similar results using the tools you already own.   When you buy the book, you can download the patterns for free (the link and code are provided in the book.)  Additionally, you can submit photos of your own pumpkin carvings in a contest!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Easy Pumpkin Carving. The giveaway is open US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!

Thanks to Fox Chapel Publishing for making this post possible.

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  1. I like that there are photos. Those of us who are not artistically inclined need all the help we can get!

  2. I like that you can be traditional and cut your pumpkin or not cut your pumpkin and have it rot.

  3. I want to win this for my cousin!

  4. Debbie Welchert says:

    What a great book. I looks like it gives you some great ideas for carving pumpkins. It would be such a great book to have for my grandchildren to learn from.

  5. I would love to win this book so we can have fun with our grandsons carving pumpkins together.

  6. Sherrie Cruson says:

    I’m not that great a pumpkin carving even with all the tips and tricks mentioned in the book but I would bet my son and daughter-in-law are. I would love to win this book for them so they could have fun carving pumpkins with their kids. Thanks.

  7. Easy to carve sounds really good. I don’t think I could do anything complicated.

  8. Susan Hartman says:

    I have a collection of pumpkins on my front porch. I like to carve most of them because I light them on Halloween. I need ideas.

  9. I like that they have ideas for gourds too – even bumpy gourds!

  10. I’m not sure I’d have the patience to do the really complicated carvings – they are fun to look at though

  11. My family loves to carve pumpkins every year and this book would be perfect to give us some new ideas

  12. There are so many cool designs to choose from.

  13. Jennifer H. says:

    I want to win this because we like to carve pumpkins.

  14. I would like to try this, it would be fun for the family.

  15. Kathy Pease says:

    This book has some awesome ideas..I would love to win this for my daughter she loves carving pumpkins

  16. Juanita May says:

    I am really challenged when it comes to carving pumpkins, so the photos in this book would really help me out!

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