October 21, 2015
At Miles Kelly we’re not known for encouraging the cutting up of a book, however, if you have a very old book that you do not want anymore, why not give it some new life by making it into a cool pumpkin decoration for Halloween!
We have taken inspiration from this tutorial:
How to make:1. Fold your A4 sheet of paper in half2. Draw half of pumpkin on the paper starting from the folded edge and cut out out the shape so that the template is symmetrical on both sides3. Tear the cover off of your book4. Wrap the pumpkin template around the book, ensuring that the fold of the paper runs directly down the middle of the book’s spine
5. Trace around the template on both sides6. Use scissors to start cutting out the shape, taking up roughly 5-10 pages at a time depending on the thickness of the paper. Make sure you cut all the way to the spine but without going through it and pull off any excess paper
7. Keep tracing the shape again after you cut a section of paper until you get to the end. (Try not to make the pumpkin bigger each time as it will not stand properly)8. Neaten up any edges and cut off the excess spine from the top and bottom. Check to see if the pumpkin can stand on its own, if not, you will need to flatten the bottom a bit more9. Break the spine carefully and start fanning the pages out so that they go all the way around.
10. Stick the front page to the back page using a strong glue or double-sided tape11. Lay down some newspaper and take a small amount of paint onto a sponge. It is up to you how much or little paint you use but a light layer is effective as it keeps the text visible. You can do this by rubbing paint around the edge of every other page12. Wait for the pumpkin to dry and glue/tape a stick (or pipe cleaner) down the centre of the spine to make a stork13. Finish by sticking a leaf to the stork or by tying green ribbon around it
And here's one we made earlier...
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