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Adorable diy book pumpkins

DIY Book Pumpkin
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 Get started on your fall  decorating with these adorable DIY book pumpkins.

I saw these on Pinterest during one of my pinning binges and fell in love with them. Now I can’t wait to show you how to get started on your fall decorating with these adorable DIY book pumpkins.🤷‍♀️At first glance, I thought it looked difficult because I remember making the book Christmas trees when I was younger, even though they turned out to look pretty cool, it was a long, tedious task of folding all the pages.  Rest assured this one is much easier. You will be addicted to making them just like I am! 😁 These adorable book pumpkins are the perfect accent for your fall DIY décor. They are so fun and easy you won’t want to stop making them.

Here is what you will need….

  • 1 book (paperback works best)
  • stick or cork (for stem)
  • Pen, or pencil,  or something to draw with
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Your choice of embellishments

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Now let’s make some adorable DIY book pumpkins shall we?

Start by removing the front and back cover with a from the book with a craft knife. Next, draw a half-circle shape on the first page, starting on the binding edge of the book, going out towards the edge of the pages…(see pic for example) or you can use a template like I did when making multiple pumpkins with different shapes.

Adorable Book Pumpkin, front cover removal
removing the front cover


Adorable Book Pumpkin traced template
see how I traced the template

Starting with a thin section of pages, you want to cut/slice out all the pages in the shape of the half-circle you drew on the first page of the book.  As you go you need to remove excess pages from around the half pumpkin shape and discard them. a good pair of scissors will help with this.

after pages are cut out
This is what it will look like once you have it all cut out

Finally, once you have all the pages cut out, this is where I glue in the stem, then stand the pumpkin up on one end. Now use your hot glue gun to glue the first and last together going around the stem.

glued in the stem
hold the stem in place a second until the glue dries

Now  will start putting hot glue in the seams in between the pages. I just randomly go through a few sections at a time and add hot glue to the seams. (This will help the pages to stay open and allow the book pumpkin to stand on its own.) just keep going until the pumpkin is full and open as much as you like it.  It will look something like this when you are finished…

DIY Book Pumpkin


Let’s make that book pumpkin look adorable…

I know it looks cute right now but painting and decorating it makes it look even more adorable. I just use a little of my Apple Barrel paint Jack-O-lantern and Nutmeg. If you don’t want your orange to be as bright, just put a few drops of the brown in with a good bit of the orange and mix it together with a paint brush.  It gives it a nice brown tone. Lightly paint the edges of the pages until it’s covered as much as you want. (if you hold it together and paint all the edges at once before the previous gluing process, your pages will be painted together when it’s dry!😲) Then just glue on your embellishments and it’s done.

painting the pumpkin

See wasn’t that easy and really fun too?? I could make them all day long.


Check out this fun fall craft I found that would be so cute with the book pumpkin….

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