Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
Book Lover Pumpkins
I am a reader. I love to read, sit and immerse myself in a book, the story takes over and I wander, not lost, in a new world. I’m one of those people who cherish books. But I also think they are physically lovely. So I have been working on letting go of the concept of ruining books, instead trying to discover new ways of using them around the house.
When I open a book, I loathe putting it down. I want to read and know the story, not be interrupted with making the bed or cleaning the bathroom. So, I read fast, and hope that I can finish the book that day.
My kids are also readers, and they go through books like nothing. I loved the $1 book sales we once had at school. There was a discount store that I would buy bags and bags of books. Because I knew, once it was gone, I’d never see those prices again. So we have an abundance of books, and every once in a while I have the minions sort their books and give me what they no longer want. The last time they did this, I kept some of the more distressed books. I have loved using them, and I think I have a craft today that will make you a happy book lover too – Book Lover Pumpkins.
First, take off the cover and the back of a soft cover book. You can determine the size of the pumpkin by the height of the book, and the width is about the same.
Starting at the first page, fold the page over to touch the spine of the book.
Then use a bone folder to crease the page into place.
Continue folding the pages in for the entire book. It eventually will come full circle. You can bend the spine apart a bit to make the circle more even.
Cut a twig, I used some driftwood, to fit your pumpkin, cutting a flat end on the bottom. Hot glue into place.
Use a pretty ribbon and tie a simple bow around the stem. I kept these on the more simple side.
Then hot glue on your pumpkin faces. I used the Cricut Pumpkin Carving Seasonal, Happy Hauntings – Trick or Treat, and Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridges to create the faces. On most of the images, I hid the outside lines of the pumpkin on my Cricut machine to just have the features cut out.
That is it! Fast and fun, these will make a creative addition to your spoooooookkkkyyy decor!