Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{Getting Crafty} Book Page Pumpkin

An old book makes a pretty cute pumpkin?
I'm in!
I pinned this idea to my Fall Pinterest Board.  
Here's the original source and I also used this tutorial for additional help.
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.
It's kind of slow going and your hand gets a work out but it's worth it when you can see the pumpkin taking shape.
 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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45 comments:

Lindalou said...

I'm still chuckling over the "Heather" book. I really think you need to keep that one on display somewhere.

Your pumpkin turned out great. Might be a good project for me since I can't seem to find my pumpkins from last year. I put them away somewhere and can't seem to remember. So frustrating.

Thanks for the easy tutorial.

Kyetra said...

I love this pumpkin! And of course the Heather book. Too funny!
A few of us are having a Halloween Link Up and would love to have you join in.
http://www.kyetrabelton.com/2012/10/link-up-and-spook-on-halloween-link-up.html

Morgan said...

This is so cute! $1.06? Awesome! :)I love the burlap bow - so cute.

Katie said...

This is really cute! I love how it looks, especially with the burlap bow.

That Heather book is too too funny! You so need to keep that cover for something!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

This is just adorable!!!!!

Bliss said...

Please tell me you skipped ahead in the book of Heather to find out what she once was? I need to know.

~Bliss~

Dawn Braun said...

adorable...I'd have a hard time doing it to one of mine...but a thrift store book, now that's another story! :) thanks for the fabbo tutorial! Off to find myself a cheeky romance novel to do the same!

Smart School House said...

This is remarkable!

Thank you for linking up at Whimsy Wednesdays with The NY Melrose Family and Smart! School {House}

Kelly at Smart! School {House}
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Danielle said...

What a great idea to do with an old book. I love how it came out. Great job!

dee dee said...

Heather what a fantastically cute idea! I love it! Oh and I'll keep the secret! dee dee

Erin O'Riordan said...

100% awesomes!

YolandaR said...

I am going to do this as soon as I go and get some paperback books!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

This such a great idea...I just love it! Would be thrilled if you shared this at my Fall Decor Party :)

http://www.mymoderncountry.com/2012/10/fall-decor-and-linky-party.html

Stacey said...

This is such a cute idea - love how it came out!
Thanks for linking up to the Autumn Inspiration Party!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Kathryn Cain said...

I love this and Yep I can do that..if I made wedding cake's and cupcakes..I can do that ...love this and love your hair cut ...very hip

Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box said...

What an amazing idea! I can't believe how easy this is! Pinning and definitely giving it a go this weekend.

House on the Way said...

Great Fall craft! Love it and thanks for the great tutorial! 'd like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. Hope you can join in on the fun!
Leslie

Mariel said...

I love it, super cute!! I would love to have you stop by 'Or so she says...' today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The 'Your Great Idea' link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

* Also, starting tommorrow, we've got a great giveaway going on with over $500 in prizes!

Katie Adams said...

So stinkin cute! Thanks for the great step by step tutorial. You make it look so easy!

Debbiedoo's said...

ADORABLE Miss Heather. I tell you that Pinterest is a dangerous but very fun place. Thanks for sharing with my party.

Melanie said...

I'm so excited to try this. I've seen things like this and wondered how they do it. Thanks for the great tutorial. I just had to pin it to share.

http://pinterest.com/melskel/craft-ideas/

Kati said...

Cute pumpkin! I can see my sister liking this project. I'll have to tell her about it.

Melanie Montgomery said...

Wow it turned out great.

VBR said...

thanks for sharing the pumpkin project! great fun to try. (i buy used paperbacks for art work, but then, find myself agonizing over cutting them up!!) but for one of these little pumpkins - look out old paperbacks I have a scissors and I'm not afraid to us it!!!

Jim said...

I like your Pumpkin, Heather. Thank you for sharing it. Also a nice "V" word, you can write volumes!

We are visiting the grandkids and kids in London this week. We brought a Target with us. I have it pictured here:
Jim's Little Christmas Tree Farm
..

Monica said...

I really like this - It turned out great!

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

You did such a great job! I love the country feel. Pinning! I'm also sharing on Facebook! Thanks! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday and shared this with my readers. I know they would love it! ~Sheryl~
http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/cast-party-wednesday-link-party-63/

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Lovely! It's a really cute idea...

Sue said...

Pretty cool pumpkin, but I'm not sure I could cut up an old book.

I do love it, though!

=)

Lmkazmierczak said...

The step by step was gr8!! Thanks for sharing this♫♪

storybeader said...

that is so cool! I love it. Great for a first try, too. {:-Deb

Michele Alger said...

The more I see these pumpkins, the more I want some! Love this, it's so clever-and what a deal!

Mariel said...

Thanks for sharing this on 'Or so she says...' at last week's link party! I would love to have you add the party to your list and stop back to share more of your great ideas. There's actually a party going on right now (it's every Saturday through Tuesday.) Thanks a bunch! ~ Mariel www.oneshetwoshe.com

Empowered Momma J said...

What a great idea. Now I know what to do with some old books I have sitting around. 'Pinned' to my Halloween board for the future. I look forward to more of your posts as I am now following you.

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a great pumpkin! I'm going to check out your Pinterest post.

Jenny said...

Is it wrong to love a paper pumpkin?

If it is, then I don't want to be right!

This is soooo ridiculous cool!

Love, love, love this idea.

I can see it in my mind translated to a Thanksgiving turkey as well!

Thanks for the inspiration.

Now if I can just clear off the other 12 projects I'm working on...

ha!

Thanks for sharing!

This was truly cool!

A++++++

Susan Clayton said...

Love a good vintage bodice ripper cover! I am SO going to make some of these! I'd like to feature this post next week - I'll want to use 1 picture from the post with a link back. Please let me know if you object. If not stop by and grab my 'featured at' button. You post was the 1st to 'catch my eye' at Common Ground Be Inspired' Have a Blessed week!

Katie Murphy said...

I just LOVE these book pumpkins! I recently made my own but used the book bind as the stem because I thought it had really neat texture. I love the burlap on yours!
~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

Debbiedoos said...

So glad you linked up Heather, thanks, it is adorable!

Rita said...

Great job on the pumpkin! :)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Heather,
This is such a pretty pumpkin! I love the tutorial on how to make one. I hope you will share this our party too! Have a nice Friday.
Julie xo

Mary K.- In the boondocks said...

Heather this is a great tutorial and I see these types of pumpkins everywhere. Thanks for the how-to!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Thanks Heather for sharing this awesome pumpkin craft at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Have an awesome day.
Julie xo

Jessica Pelasky said...

I totally love this idea! :) I've pinned it! Adorbs!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Heather,
I'm just letting you know that Jess featured your cute paper pumpkin at Monday's Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects with us.
Julie xo

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