Have some old books laying around? Turn one of them into fall decor! This Book Page Pumpkin is a perfect fall upcycle project.
I’ve always had a lot of books. Bookshelves so stuffed with books that there wasn’t room for trinkets, knick-knacks, or tchotchkes to decorate. Over the years I’ve transitioned more to digital books, for ease more than anything. No matter where I am I have my phone to read. That said, I still love the feel of a real book in my hands.
My book collection started growing again when I started homeschooling Oldest Twin. This time I was collecting textbooks and manuals. While I try to donate books we are no longer using, I still have a stack of books from years past. As much as I love books, I also love crafting with books. I’ve been wanting to create some book themed fall decor, and I knew this old textbook would be the perfect thing to make a book page pumpkin.
Book Page Pumpkin Supplies:
- Craft knife
- Pipe Cleaner
The first step is to remove the cover from your book, particularly if you are using a hardcover book like I am. You’ll want to sketch out the shape you want for your finished pumpkin. You will fold this full pumpkin in half and place it against the spine of your cut. Use the craft knife and start cutting!
Obviously a text book is thick, with hundreds of pages. I cut through a few at a time to make my way through the entire book. I won’t lie, if you choose a large book this will be a time consuming process. Of course you can also pick a smaller paperback and follow the same steps to create a smaller book page pumpkin!
After the book pumpkin is completely cut out I painted the edges of the book orange to make it look more pumpkin-y. Let the paint dry and then open up the pumpkin. Glue the front and back pages together to create your finished pumpkin shape.
To really look like a pumpkin your book craft still needs a stem. I used them craft sticks and pushed them down through the opening in the center of the pumpkin that was created when I glued the covers together. Put some glue on the sticks so they will stay in place. The finishing touch is a curly vine made from a pipe cleaner!
I won’t be placing this pumpkin on the porch, but it will make a beautiful decoration inside my house this fall. Make your own book page pumpkin and use it to decorate all autumn long.
Looking for more book projects? Make this DIY Book Clock!