I made an easy DIY book pumpkin this year. It’s been on my “want to try list” for the longest time. It was easy and cost nothing. Use an old book to make a pumpkin in under 2 hours, including the painting!
I have a thing for creative pumpkins…
As much as I’ve wanted to try one of these I’ve been torn… pun intended 🙂 on cutting up a book. I mean, they are books right? In our family books are sacred for goodness sakes!
We are readers. Book readers, Kindle readers, you name it readers…
So, for a few years I only thought about making a crafty DIY book pumpkin. I just couldn’t get over the guilt.
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How to make a DIY Book Pumpkin
I got over my guilt of cutting up a book when I discovered one of them falling apart with chunks of pages missing! At that moment, I dropped everything else I was doing and went for my scissors and hot glue gun!
Seriously, I’d waited forever to do this, right?
In a few easy steps you can make a DIY book pumpkin too.
Supplies needed to make a book pumpkin:
- Old Book – garage sales and thrift stores are great for this!
- Spray Paint – Be sure to use flat paint!
- Hot glue gun and glue – this one is my go to for everything
- Twig from a tree
- Raffia ribbon
Step 1. Remove the book cover.
Start with a small section of pages and cut along the top and bottom to make a pumpkin shape. See the center picture below.
Step 2. Fold the spine in half and hot glue the ends together.
Your book pumpkin will stand up now. Trim any pages that don’t have enough of a pumpkin shape.
Step 3. Put a dab of glue in between each page to help keep the pages separated. This is the most time-consuming part!
It’s worth the time!
Step 4. Spray paint the paper book pumpkin.
Step 5. Make the stem. Hot glue a twig onto the top for a stem. I thought my DIY book pumpkin was still a little plain and tied a few pieces of raffia around the base.
Place the paper book pumpkin on a chalk painted tray and add some burlap and a few colorful seasonal fillers.
The bright orange and fall colors really perk up my little entry table by our front door.
…and this is about the easiest paper craft I’ve tried yet. I’d love to have a wine & pumpkin night with my girlfriends. I can see jazzing these up with all kinds of glittery, flashy, colorful, feathery funky, junky and fun items!
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That’s it. So simple, so quick and guilt free! Would you, could you..make a craft with a book? Would you feel more comfortable if it were falling apart before cutting it?
Where would you display your DIY book pumpkin?