An old book makes a pretty cute pumpkin?
I pinned this idea to my Fall Pinterest Board.
The supplies needed are:
an old paperback book, cutting mat and craft knife(optional), scissors, paper clips (or hot glue), scrap paper, pens and a twig for the stem.
I didn't have any old paperback books (that I was willing to sacrifice) so I picked up two at the thrift store. I couldn't resist this one -now my secret is out.
As you can see I spent a whopping $1.06 and it goes to a good cause.
Remove the cover of the book and get as much of the cover off of the spine as you can.
Make a template for your pumpkin with scrap paper.
Start by drawing a rough half pumpkin shape on your scrap paper.
Cut it out (no, you cut it out, I'm telling MOM).
Trace the template onto your first book. I started from the back, because one of the tutorials suggested it, but it really didn't matter.
Take a few pages and cut them with your craft knife on the cutting mat. Use your scissors to trim up any strays or rough edges.
These cut pages will become the template for the next section.
I switched over to the scissors because they were working better for me.
Continue cutting pages (a few at time) until you are through the entire book and it will look something like this. If you have the end piece like I do, cut that off as well so your pumpkin will sit nicely.
You will also end up with a big mess like this.
Pull the first and last pages of your book together and attach with hot glue (or paper clips if you want to be able to fold it for storage). I had to use the hot glue, paper clips were not cutting it for me.
The pumpkin shape then needs to be fluffed. Go through the book and bend back a few pages at a time.
Add a twig for the stem.
It's starting to look more like a pumpkin!
I added a burlap bow for some leaves.
I chose to leave my book pumpkin unpainted.
I left it outside for awhile to freshen up that musty book smell.
Pretty good for my first try. I still have the "Heather" book for my next attempt.
If you're looking for another upcycled craft, you can check out my Magazine Christmas Treeshere.
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