Fun With Publisher – Pumpkin Carving Stencils

People often think of Publisher as a tool for newsletters, brochures, and other serious business… but, here on the team we also like to use the app for fun projects. From candy bar wrappers to wanted posters, there are all sorts of fun things you can do in Publisher.


Today, I’d like to address a super important type of fun: carving pumpkins. With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s about time to start planning a pumpkin. Unfortunately, every year I get a bit of anxiety before I cut the pumpkin – I’m always afraid of messing it up and ending up with a really awful looking pumpkin.


This year, I’ve decided to be proactive about things. Instead of agonizing over ruining my pumpkin, I launched Publisher this morning and decided to make a pumpkin carving template. Using the shapes tool, I arranged a whole bunch of shapes into a goofy face pattern for my pumpkin. I made sure to use the fill tool on each shape, so that it’ll be easy to see.


Here’s what my pumpkin is going to look like:


Now, all I have to do is print it out, tape it to my pumpkin, and start carving – no more anxiety about a crazy lop-sided pumpkin! This leaves me time to do much more important things in Publisher… like make invitations to a Halloween party!


So how about you? Let us know in the comments section about some of the fun projects you’ve been using Publisher for. We always love to see how creative our users are! J


-Michelle Lisse


About the contributor:  Michelle Lisse is a Program Manager and has worked on the Publisher team for about 11 months, after previously completing an internship with the team. She really likes the color pink, and is easily distracted by shiny objects.  Like Publisher 2010.

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