Have some old books laying around? Turn one of them into fall decor! This Book Page Pumpkin is a perfect fall upcycle project.
Jack O Lanterns aren’t the only pumpkin craft to make this fall!
Do you have old books that are no longer useful? I’ve always had a lot of books. While over the years I’ve transitioned more to digital books, I still love the feel of a real book in my hands. Yet, as much as I love books, there are occasions where a book is no longer useful to me.
When I started homeschooling Oldest Twin I began to quickly amass a collection of textbooks and manuals. While I try to donate books we are no longer using, there are some books that we write in or, for some other reason, may not be useful to another individual. These books are perfect for crafting!
Book Page Pumpkin Supplies:
- Craft knife
- Pipe Cleaner
How to Make a Book Page Pumpkin
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!
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If u paint the page edges before u assemble the pumpkin they stick together. It’s better to paint the page edges after u’ve glued the spine & created the pumpkin shape.