Once September rolls around, I am all about decorating for Halloween. I saw a similar recycled book pumpkin project on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it.The hardest part of the project for me was selecting which book to use. ‘Defacing’ a book is downright sinful; however, I decided an old Fodor travel book on the Caribbean was expendable. If I return to the islands, I’ll buy a more up-to-date issue.
Draw a pumpkin shaped template on a piece of paper. Fold it in half and trim it up so that the sides are symmetrical. (Don’t over think this step. I drew mine free-handed.) Make sure the template isn’t larger than the book you will be using. (The template is almost heart-shaped, but the bottom is flat…)
Tear the front and back covers from the book. Fold the template in half and place the template on the first page of the book. Trace the template (half pumpkin) onto the first page with a pencil.
Cut through the pages—about ten pages at a time depending on how sharp your scissors are. Tear the cut pages away from the spine of the book as you go and repeat with another group of pages.
Continue cutting pages until the entire book is cut into the shape of a pumpkin. Trim any jagged edges, but don’t worry about making it perfect. This is a recycled book pumpkin… Besides, when have you ever seen a perfect real pumpkin?
Near the spine of your pumpkin-shaped book, glue the first and last pages together with hot glue. This will help open the book into a round shape. Set your pumpkin upright and begin ‘fluffing’ the pages—moving and opening the pages around. Some pages may be stuck together. Play around with it until the pages are separated and the pumpkin is full and fat.
I love the way my recycled book pumpkin turned out. What do you think?
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