I have quite a large stack of paperback books that I have been needing to donate or use some of the more unpopular ones in a craft project or two. A while back I had seen an apple that someone had made from a book and just loved it. With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to try a book page pumpkin!
First I went through my stack of books and picked one of the oldest books I could find. The yellower and more aged looking the pages, the better! It tends to give the finished project a more vintage feel to it I think.
Once I found an old book that wasn’t a classic or other popular read, I tore off the cover and threw it out. This is why I like using paperbacks…it’s a little easier getting those covers off.
Now I just had to draw a half a pumpkin! Luckily, it doesn’t take advanced drawing skills to do this shape. Starting at the top of the binding, I drew half of a pumpkin from the inside middle to the outer edge.
Then, I just took a small stack of pages at a time and began cutting the outline:
I kept re-tracing the outline as I cut a new stack. When I was completely finished, I trimmed the whole stack here and there to make sure the pages were even.
Now, to get the pumpkin shape, you will need to fan the book out into a circle. Using hot glue, glue the two end pages together in the back. Insert a thick branch into the center of the book and continue to randomly glue pages together at the top near the stem until the shape stays spread out on its own and is pretty evenly spread out. You can continue fluffing the pages when you are finished gluing until you are satisfied with the shape.
I cut a couple of leaves out of burlap and glued those to the top close to the stem.
For some extra embellishment, I added a section of bark covered wire tied around the stem and twisted the edges for a curled affect. I then brushed on a little copper metallic paint to the edges of the book pages to add just a touch of color.
And here is the finished project: