I love this time of year! Crispy leave, hot drinks and all things spooky. But Halloween decorations don’t have to be ghoulish – what do you think of my Paperback Pumpkin?
Make from old books that even my local Charity shop were going to throw away, I think it’s a thing of upcycled beauty.
Please, please, please don’t cut up books that could still be enjoyed by someone else. The lady at our local Charity shop rescued the ones I used from their recycling bin, placed there because they were ‘yellowing’. I’m sorry Ian Rankin :-S
You Will Need:
two paperback books
A thick twig
Pipe cleaner (optional
- Draw a ‘half pumpkin’ shape on the cover of one of your books and cut around. You need to remove any straight edges from the long sides but leave a flat edge at one of the short sides.
- Use that as a template to draw and cut out the same shape on a few pages at a time.
- Do this to both books, checking regularly that the shape matches.
- Then you quite simply staple the book covers together back to back. You might want to include a page or two aswell just to disguise the different colours and textures.
- Stick your stick into the centre to create a stalk and if you like, use a pipe cleaner to add a curly stem.
That’s it! So simple yet so effective. Use the pumpkin as a decoration in your window or on a table.
What do you think?