How To Make a Paperback Book Pumpkin – Fall Decor Craft!

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It’s autumn, so it’s time to start thinking about pumpkin crafts! Learn how to make an elegant Paperback Book Pumpkin, using an old book and some craft paint. It’s a fun upcycle project that becomes a pretty piece of farmhouse-style home decor.

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Paperback Book Pumpkin

The full list of materials, tools, and instructions is found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Fall is the perfect time to decorate your house with all things pumpkin! This DIY will show you how to make a pretty pumpkin that is both functional and festive.

Just a few simple craft supplies and our printable pattern download are all that is needed to turn an old, unloved (or cheap) paperback book into a pumpkin!

You could make them in different sizes for visual interest, and you could even use red paint instead of orange to make paperback book apples!





While this is not strictly a Halloween decoration, I associate pumpkins with the spooky season (even if they’re not carved or look creepy!) and so I’ve included it in this year’s Crafty October…


The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 20202019201820172016201520142013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!

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Paperback Book Pumpkin Craft Supplies

Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The complete list of supplies, which may include basic crafting items that you already have can be found in the tutorial card at the end of this post. For your convenience, I’ve linked any notable materials and tools needed for this project to Amazon below.

Cheap Craft Supplies

If you’re in the USA, check out your local Dollar Store or Dollar Tree; and if you’re in the UK, the PoundshopThe RangeWilko, and Baker Ross are great places to shop for cheap and inexpensive craft supplies. The rest of the world reading this – I don’t know every cheap store – sorry! But hunt the ones out in your location for crafting bargains!

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Paperback Book Pumpkin Craft

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Fall Book Pumpkin Craft

How Do I Make a Paperback Book Pumpkin?

Just check out the how-to card below with full materials, tools, and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Paperback Book Pumpkin

Paperback Book Pumpkin

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Learn how to make an elegant Paperback Book Pumpkin, using an old book, some craft paint, and ribbon to decorate your home for fall.

Materials

  • Paperback Book
  • Orange Craft Paint
  • Assorted Green Ribbon Scraps
  • Twig

Tools

  • Pencil or Marker
  • Craft Knife
  • Self-Healing Mat
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters or Branch Cutter
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Binder Clip
  • Book Pumpkin Pattern

Instructions

  1. Remove the front and back covers of the paperback book.

    Step 1 - Remove Book Covers
  2. Download and print the book pumpkin pattern or draw your own shape on the inside of the book covers with a pencil or marker. The pattern has two sizes to choose from.

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  3. Cut out the book pumpkin patterns with scissors.
    Open the book flat at the halfway point, trace the pumpkin pattern on the right half of the open book with a pencil or marker. Repeat by tracing the pumpkin pattern on the right half of the open book.

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    Step 3b - Tracing Pattern onto Book
  4. Using a new, sharp blade on a craft knife, carefully cut through the pages a few at a time. Insert a self-healing mat under the book and continue cutting pages until the pages are completely cut out. Repeat on the other side of the book.

    Step 4 - Cutting Through Book

    Step 4 - Cutting Through Book
  5. Remove the cut-out pumpkin and attach the exposed spine together with a line of hot glue from a glue gun.

    Step 5 - Gluing Spines Together
  6. Fluff out the pumpkin by crinkling and crumpling each page individually. Bend and score the spine of the book as you fluff out the pumpkin shape.

    Step 6 - Pull into Shape
  7. Fold book pumpkin in half and secure with a binder clip. Dry brush orange craft paint around the edges of the book pages. Carefully separate any pages that might stick together, then set aside to dry.

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  8. Cut a suitable twig to size using cutters to create a pumpkin stem. Attach to the top center of the book pumpkin with a glue gun.

    Step 8 - Attach Twig Stem
  9. Tie assorted green ribbon scraps around the stem of the book pumpkin to finish.

    Step 9 - Add Green Ribbon

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Notes

Change things up by creating book pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Your family and friends will never know how quick and easy this trendy Paperback Book Pumpkin was to create!

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The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!

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