Adorable Recycled Book Pumpkin Craft

Updated on October 2, 2017
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Alyssa loves holidays and enjoys making fun crafts. She is a wife, a mom, and drinks a lot of coffee!

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the leaves are beginning to change color. Autumn is in the air. This is the season of over-sized, comfy sweaters, delicious hot caramel macchiatos, and pumpkin everything.

I love decorating the house for fall. I usually start the last week of September. We pull down our big cardboard box full of crafts and crafting supplies and set to work, turning our home into a fall, Halloween-inspired wonderland.

This recycled book pumpkin is adorable and a perfect decoration for the autumn season. You can include it in your Halloween decor and leave it up through Thanksgiving. It only requires a few materials and is simple to make!

Materials Needed

  • Old book, preferably paperback.
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Utility Knife
  • Stick
  • Tape or glue
  • Thread, ribbon, any decorations you might want.

Materials needed.
Materials needed.

Steps 1 and 2

1. Start by removing the cover from your book, if it has one.

2. Draw a half pumpkin shape on your cardboard and cut it out.

Draw a half pumpkin shape on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.
Draw a half pumpkin shape on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.

Steps 3 and 4

3. Using your cardboard as a guide, begin cutting the book pages with your utility knife.

4. Keep cutting until you reach the end of the book.

Use your cardboard as a guide to cut your book pages.
Use your cardboard as a guide to cut your book pages.
Cutting.
Cutting.
Keep cutting until you reach the end of the book.
Keep cutting until you reach the end of the book.

Steps 5 and 6

5. Cut any extra pieces to shape your pumpkin.

6. Bend your pages back on each other to help your pumpkin stand on its own.

Begin folding the pages back on each other. This will help your pumpkin to stand on its own.
Begin folding the pages back on each other. This will help your pumpkin to stand on its own.
It should start to look like this.
It should start to look like this.

Steps 7-9

7. Tape or glue a stick to the back of your pumpkin.

8. You can leave your pumpkin flat, if you intend to place it on a shelf or against a wall. Otherwise, you can tape or glue the back pages together to give your pumpkin a rounded shape.

9. Decorate your pumpkin any way you wish. I added some copper colored metal thread to the stem for a glittery look.

Get a stick from the yard. Tape or glue it to the back of your pumpkin. I used packing tape.
Get a stick from the yard. Tape or glue it to the back of your pumpkin. I used packing tape.
Pumpkin standing up.
Pumpkin standing up.
Decorate your pumpkin any way you wish!
Decorate your pumpkin any way you wish!

Display your pumpkin as part of your Halloween decor and leave it out through Thanksgiving!

Enjoy!

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        9 months ago from Ohio

        Thank you!

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        Bill Holland 

        9 months ago from Olympia, WA

        You didn't lie, it is adorable! :)

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