Craft-Ease: Book Page Pumpkin {Zero Dollar Project}



I have been on a pumpkin-making binge lately! I am currently working on a bunch of different kinds to make a fun and festive centerpiece for our dining room table. In the midst of decoupaging some fabric pumpkins (coming in a later post...once I am actually done!) I thought how fun it would be to have a pumpkin made out of book pages! I wasn't sure exactly how to go about it but I knew I wanted it to be three-dimensional and that is how this idea was born. I really love the result. I also love just as much that it cost me nothing to make. Yay, for zero dollar projects!  So here is how I made this beauty.



1.) First I got an old paperback book and took the cover off. I felt a little guilty about destroying  re- purposing a book, but I was able to get over that feeling when I saw the result.

2.) Next I cut a pumpkin shape out of a piece of paper to use as a stencil. I folded it in half to make sure it was symmetrical.

 3.) Then I taped the stencil to the binding of the book so it would not slip and began cutting.


 I used a larger pair of scissors first to cut 5-8 pages at a time and then a smaller pair closer to the binding.


Yep, keep cutting.


This was the result.


4.) I cleaned up the edges a bit with the scissors. Then I hot glued the binding to itself to make the "pumpkin" stand by itself.  (During this part all the times my mother and elementary school teachers had told me not to bend the binding of a book were ringing in my head.) Then I fluffed the pages so that they spread out evenly.


5.) I used orange spray paint for the edges of the pages because I felt this pumpkin needed a little color. I already had this paint from another project, but in keeping with the zero dollar price limit, if you do not have spray paint you could always use a marker or stamp pad. It would just be more tedious and I am an impatient person.




6.) Then I hot glued a stick from outside to use as a stem and some Spanish moss which I already had. Again, you could always use crumbled paper, twine, ribbon, whatever you have.

And here is the end result! I just love it! I think it will work perfectly on my wall shelves along side my paper strip pumpkins and pumpkin button art. 


There is a line from Will and Grace about keeping lots of books around to look smart. Does that apply to book page art? Or do I look less smart for mutilating books in the name of decor? Either way, I got a fun and FREE piece of fall decor out of this. I would dare to say that makes me look smarter. (hehe).



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13 comments:

  1. Cute! I've been meaning to make one of these...I just need more books. I made one the other day..super simple and also FREE. Stop by and check it out!!
    Littlemudpies.blogspot.com

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  2. I am so happy to find your blog and tutorial on this! I love it! Soooo- cute! Thank you for stopping by my blog, so I could find yours! Have a wonderful weekend! I am a new follower!

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  3. How cool! I'd probably have the same "voices" in my head if I did this.

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  4. I find it soo hard to destroy books! But I love this so I'll have to try it. Maybe with an old accounting textbook or something...lol.

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  5. LOVE IT!
    Thanks so much for the cute idea!

    Buffie
    http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com/

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  6. Perfect. Thanks for sharing. I am going to give it a try

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  7. What a fun idea and I love a free craft! I am visiting from homemaker on a Dime and I am a new follower!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  8. Looks great!

    -New follower from:

    http://ladybirdathome.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi! Just wanted to let you know you've been featured on Wonderful Wednesday over at my blog Sew Gloried...thanks for sharing your project! Hope to see you around soon!

    http://www.sewgloried.com/2011/10/wonderful-wednesday-4.html

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  10. Hi! I featured this here, pinned on Pinterest and posted on fb. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  11. Super cute! I have been wanting to make one of these and you inspired me to do so.

    I hope you can share a post with us at the It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.

    Erika

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  12. This is so fun! I love these little book page pumpkins. It really is so creative! Thanks so much for linking up at Show & Share! SO happy that you did!

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