Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away….
Okay, it was really northern Utah and the leaves on my trees are rustling the tale of summer’s end. Crisp air is blowing and it won’t be long until those leaves start falling. Having grown up in southern Arizona, I never really experienced a true fall season until moving here. It’s a wondrous sight!
Recycling some well-used, second-hand books into beautiful fall decor is such a fun and easy project. Here is how to make your own pumpkin from a book.
Start by drawing a half of a pumpkin on a piece of cardstock to use as a template. Line up the pumpkin with the binding and trace directly onto the cover.
Cut out the shape in a small handful of pages – as many as your scissors can handle. No need to worry about clean cutting lines. The tattered edges only add to the charm.
Flip the cover back over to continue using as a template and trace the same shape until your entire book has been cut.
For a natural looking topper, cut out a leaf shape into natural burlap or other fabric of your choice and find a branch or use a cinnamon stick for a fun whimsical stem.
Using a glue gun, place a dab of glue inside of the top binding between the front cover and back cover of the book. Press the bottom of the leaves into the binding to glue into place.
Put a few dabs of glue on the bottom of the cinnamon stick and place that into the top of the binding as well.
Glue the front and back cover together and lightly fan out the pages of the book to form the pumpkin.
A falling leaf is just a summer’s wave goodbye…
See you next year, fair summer. Welcome back, festive fall!