We are a big fan of book sculptures – a really creative way of using books which would otherwise have been chucked away or ‘pulped’. This Halloween Pumpkin is particularly effective and super easy to make. Give it a go – and don’t forget to send us a picture of your spooktacular results via Facebook so we can add them to our website Gallery.
You Will Need:
An old/unwanted paperback book
Orange paint – we used Hobbycraft Poster Paint Orange
Cutting Knife – we used a Fiskars Cutting Knife Straight 18mm
A cutting board (or a surface you don’t care about!)
How To Make It
Rip off the book cover! Don’t worry – the glue will stay on the spine ensuring all the pages stick together.
Take the front or back cover and make a template to cut around (See Fig. 1)
It’s a sort of ‘ear’ shape – do it freehand or click here for a useful print out.
Place the template on the book (See Fig 2) and start cutting around it. Try to keep the cutting blade upright and don’t try to cut too many pages at one time. Keep going like this until you have cut around every page. Remember – when you get to the last few pages the knife will cut through to the surface below so make sure it is protected!
Bend the spine so that the pumpkin shape appears (it will do so quite naturally), then take some glue and fix the first and last pages together. Leave to dry (See Fig 3).
Now for the orange colouring… hold several of the pages together (See Fig 4) and paint the edges of them. We added a little water to our paint to give a less brash and more ‘shabby chic’ feel to our pumpkin. Don’t worry about the watery paint bleeding into the pages – it all adds character when the pumpkin is dry and finished.
And lastly the twig – we liked the ‘fork’ shape of the one we used but the stem needs to be rather narrow to slot into the centre of the pumpkin. Out came the trusty cutting knife again as we whittled it down to size! (See Fig 5). When you’ve got the right fit smear some glue around the bottom of the twig and slot it into place.
Your work of art is complete!
Watch Julie & Wendy making the book sculpture pumpkin below: