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Paperback Pumpkins

I found the instructions for paperback pumpkins at Country Home and knew I HAD to give it a try! It was something that I actually HAD all of the supplies for (probably because there aren't many) so I didn't have to go out and spend any money!!

Here is the image from their site:

picture from Country Home

My first attempt didn't come out this cute, but my second one (which is still in the works) will!

First you need this:

Well, not exactly THAT paperback book, but a paperback book. This happened to be one of about a MILLION that we had in our garage. My husband is a reader. And from the looks of the book collection that is in our garage he always has been.

Make sure that you use a book that you aren't going to miss. And make sure it isn't your husbands autographed Joe Torre book. Oops! Actually this wasn't the autographed one. But when I told Hubby I was making a Halloween decoration out of his Joe Torre book he THOUGHT it was his autographed one. That was fun!

If you don't have a paperback book that you won't miss, I bet you can find one at a garage sale for pretty stinking cheap. Or I have a million in my garage I can send you!

Next you do this:

Start at the back of the book (I don't think it really matters, but I liked being able to look at the page numbers and see how many pages I had left to fold) and just fold the page in half. I am sure there are people that will take their time and make them all neat. And I am sure it will be super cute if you do. I got mine done in about 15 minutes and had to check math homework in that time. It is still cute!


All that is left is to take some black paper and cut out a face. My Joe Torre book wasn't the best choice (it had pictures in it so it took away from the text look and gave Mr. Jack O Lantern a funny line down his face).

So don't choose a book with pictures.

I am on my third one will post a picture when they are all done!

Happy book folding!

PS. Iif you notice in the first picture that there is one that has a pointed top instead of a flat top, just fold the top corner of the page down. I actually did this to the pumpkin above after I took the pictures. It made the photo pages less noticeable.


Judy @ In His Grip said...

These are so cute. I am going to look for an old paperback right now. Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

Very very cute. And they seem pretty easy! Although I'm sure I could screw it up! haha

Brooke said...

How easy and fun!! I know what I am doing tonight. First I will have to raid my parents house for some books. I think they will have a few :) Thanks for the great idea!

Tara said...

I'm pretty sure I'm an idiot. I thought easy peasy. Well, I've folded a couple of books and followed the simple directions precisely. One thing I cannot for the life of me figure out is that they say to hot glue the folder book cover together. OK, done. The only thing is that every picture I see looks like the book is full all the way around and mine is more like a half pumpkin, with no pages spreading out in the back {except for the ones I glued. Does that even make sense. So then I thought. Maybe they used 2 books and glued the books together to make a full one. Or are they just halves and you can't see the back in the pictures.

Have I totally confused you because I have successfully confused myself???