Monday, October 18, 2010

Easy Paperback Pumpkin Tutorial

My daughter and I made these cute paperback pumpkins to share!  This is a very easy tutorial that my friend Kelly shared with me. She thinks she found this on Craft Monkey.  The most important thing you need to know, according to my daughter, is that she made the one on the left!

Here is your supply list:  

Paperback book (better if pages are aged and yellow)
Stick for stem
Leaf (premade, one from scrapbook paper, burlap, etc.)
Ribbon
Black wire
Black scrapbook paper (we used glittered)
Scissors, glue gun, wire cutters, pencil

The most time consuming part is folding your book. Fold each page in half lengthwise going in the same direction through the entire book. Here are some photos so that you can see what it should look like.


When you are done it should look like the above photo.  The larger the book the tighter the page folds. This one took the shape of a cylinder as I folded.  If yours does not, simply fan the pages over and over until the front and back of the book meet.  Cut the excess from front and back cover. Place your "stem" or stick inside the center, then, hot glue the front and back pages together to form your cylinder.  Now it is time to embellish.  Follow our example in the photos provided.



We wrapped the black wire around a pencil, distressed our leaves, cut some ribbon (no photo) and cut out our eyes, noses and mouths. We used black glitter paper for face. These items were drawn on back then cut out. Although this is sticky back paper, we hot glued every item on the pumpkin.  Here is the top all done.
And here is the finished pair of mother and daughter pumpkins!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me directly.  I hope you decide to make one too! If you do, please send me a picture via email. I would love to post yours on my blog.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you did, please consider giving the Rusty Rooster a follow. I appreciate you dropping by today! I'm linking this post to the following parties if you'd like to visit for more inspiration:

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial on this. I've seen the finished ones but I need to see the "how" :)

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  2. Just darling, Vicki!
    And something I think I can actually do, said the non-crafty blogger. :-)

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  3. I'm totally making some of these! think my little grand-daughter will get a kick out of them!
    Tammy :-)

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  4. Anne - I'm not buying it. I bet you are super crafty. lol It was a fun project to make with my daughter. I've been wanting to do a post with her. These folded book projects have been around for as long as I have! My aunt use to make Xmas trees out of Reader's Digests. An oldie but a goodie that is circulating with different twists in blog land.

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  5. These are really cute, Vicki! I remember nearly 40 years ago, making Santas out of the Reader's Digests you commented about!

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  6. OK I've got to try making one.
    They are very cute. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your week.

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  7. This is an amazing tutorial and I love the results--they are just adorable--WOW!!!! I love them!!!
    XO

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  8. I just discovered your blog and it is wonderful. I will be coming back. I did some of those pumpkins too. They are so cute.

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  9. Those pumpkins are darling. I have got to make one. Thanks for sharing your great idea. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Hope you come back again. Karie

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  10. Yours turned out sooo cute! and I LOVE that you made them with your daughter! Thanks for sharing my link!

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  11. Your daughter did an awesome job! I love craft projects that I can do with my grandsons and I just might have to make one or two since I have twin grandsons. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your day.
    Gail

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  12. they turned out really cute, and you're right, it looks pretty easy. I may just give it a try.

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  13. Tell your daughter that I like the one on the left. Those are too cute! And they look easy enough that I can do them.

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  14. How fun are those pumpkins and I think I could even make one! They are super cute.

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  15. So cute Vicki! What a great craft project to share with your daughter! Nice togetherness time!!

    hugs

    Polly

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  16. HI there! I'm your newest follower!! I found you on the Tuesday Linky!!! I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely:) You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

    I love your blog design and these paper pumpkins are AMAZING!! SO CREATIVE

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  17. What a terrific project! I think they turned out beautifully!

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  18. Hi! Just had to hop back over and say thanks so much for linking this post up this week! I also wanted you to know that I added your blog to my blogroll! :-)
    Vanessa

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  19. These are great! I made one similar for my fall mantel and its my favorite piece up there. Tell your daughter she did a great job!

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  20. Hi Vicki~This is so charming! I haven't seen these before- I love how they came out and so fun to make them with your daughter! Thanks for the tutorial! Great job you two!!
    Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! Love it! :)

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  21. Cute idea, I have some old books I have an idea to do something with the covers but I also wanted to use the pages too.
    Thanks,
    Susanne.

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  22. What a fun mom & daughter project; thanks for the tutorial. And tell your daughter that the pumpkin on the left is amazing. :)

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  24. I love the idea for the paperback pumpkins. I also plan to try the flower nest tutorial you mentioned in another post. I am glad I came to visit today. I am your newest follower. Thank you for the kind comment on my blog.

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