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Fall Craft: Pumpkin Worth a Thousand Words

Submitted by Susan C. of Ohio

Pumpkin worth a thousand words

I wanted to try something different for a pumpkin this year and decided since we had some used hardback books that had been read, I would try my hand at the book pumpkins. They're reminiscent of the Reader's Digest Christmas trees that we used to make many moons ago. 

I made several and sold them at my craft shows this year.


Hardback covered book
Hot glue gun
Orange spray paint
Twig piece, about 4-5"
Silk Fall leaves, decos as desired
Raffia, if desired


Remove the cover and spine of the book with a crafter's knife. You may also want to remove any blank pages in the front and back so that the type is uniform throughout. Lay the book on a flat surface and fold each page making a crisp crease back to the spine until you have the desired thickness for your pumpkin. 

Run a long bead of hot glue along the spine from top to bottom and quickly connect the back page and the front page to make your rounded shape for the pumpkin. Be sure to leave the hole open at the top to fit your twig down into. 

Spray paint your pumpkin a couple of coats to suit your taste. If necessary, trim the twig piece at one end to fit the hole in the top of your pumpkin. Hot glue around the hole and push the twig in a little ways. Hot glue your leaves/decos near the twig to cover the top binding. 

Tie some raffia around the stem and that's it!

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