Book Pumpkins Tutorial DIY Fall Project

I love these popular upcycled book pumpkins for a quick, easy Halloween decoration.  

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They are an easy DIY Halloween project for unique Fall or Halloween Decoration.  A simple How To project for beginner crafters.

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And they are Earth friendly since you can reuse or repurpose your old books by using either a paperback or hardback book.

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You can really get creative by changing the type of leaves or vine curlies embellishments on the Pumpkin your entire look changes.

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Grouping these pumpkins together creates an eye catching table centerpiece. You can use these indoors or outdoors where they are protected from the weather.

These are so inexpensive to make that you can create them for gifts or even to sell at Fall Craft Fairs!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Paperback or Hardback Book (preferably well used)
  • Craft Knife
  • Stick or Twig from Your Yard (choose one that’s relatively straight and has a circumference similar to the width of your book spine)
  • Orange Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Green or Tan Ribbon or Raffia

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Use the craft knife to cut the paperback book into a half pumpkin shape with the round edge away from the book’s spine (see image #1). Pumpkin 2
  2. If your paperback isn’t well worn, fan out the pages several times and fold open the book to stretch out the binding. This will make it easier to wrap the book around the stick.
  3. Water down the orange paint (a 2:1 water to paint ratio works best) and layer the paint on the outer edge of the pages until they reach your desired color.
  4. While the paint is still somewhat damp (if it dries, the pages will stick together), glue the stick to the spine, ensuring that some of the stick is peeking past the top of the book to create the pumpkin stem (see image #2).Pumpkin3
  5. Firmly wrap the book spine around the stick and glue the stick to the book. Glue the entire front cover to the entire back cover of the book, and fan the pages all the way around the stick so it fills out to a circular pumpkin shape. Hold the covers together with your hands or paperclips until the glue dries.
  6. Tie a raffia or ribbon bow around the base of the stem and glue in place, if needed. Gently move your pumpkin to its new home.

Other Ideas:

  • These pumpkins would be beautiful for a fall wedding! Instead of using orange paint, dress up the edges with gold or silver paint for a sophisticated look.
  • If you’ve already filled your home with pumpkin crafts, create a paperback Christmas tree out of the book for holiday celebrations!