A year and a half or so ago, we were getting ready to move again, which means it was time for me to get rid of as much stuff as possible.  I had tons of old books that I wasn’t sure what to do with – I didn’t like the idea of just throwing them away, so I made a visit to Pinterest to see what I could find craft wise.  I found this pin:


How cute are those paper book vases?  On the website for these, I also found one of these paper crafts shaped as  pear, which gave me the idea of making a pumpkin out of some old books that I had this halloween.  It turned out to be surprisingly easy and extremely cheap!

Since you already have the books, the only things you have to pay for is the ribbon, glue, and a small can of spray paint.  I already had my glue gun, glue sticks, the books, and the ribbon, so I only had to pay for a small can of spray paint to make these.  Originally, I wanted to use cinnamon sticks for the stems, but I figured why not save myself a few dollars and a trip to the store and just go outside and grab some sticks off the ground – they worked great!

Here’s the instructions for this cute halloween craft!


  • an old book
  • pencil
  • scissors or an exacto knife
  • glue gun with plenty of glue sticks
  • small can of orange spray paint
  • green ribbon
  • a stick from outside for a stem


1.) Start by tracing out or drawing a pumpkin shape on a piece of paper, then cut out your shape.


2.) Fold your pumpkin shape in half, and trace it out onto the first page of your book.  Use an exacto knife to cut through 5-10 pages at a time, or you can use scissors.  I started out using an exacto knife, but then ended up using scissors as I found it to be easier since my knife wasn’t very sharp (time for a new one).


3.)  Continue doing this until all the pages are cut into half a pumpkin shape.  Cut off the ends of the book backing keeping the part that is part of the pumpkin intact.  Remove the cover and the back cover page.  You want to end up with what looks like a stack of pages in the shape of half a pumpkin.


4.) Use your glue gun to glue the edges of the backing together spreading out the pages into the shape of a pumpkin.  Spread your pages out to your liking, and if you have any stubborn pages that don’t want to stay in place (I had a lot of them), use your glue gun to glue them to the next page fanning out the pages as much as possible.


Now I must pause for cuteness!  Here is a picture of our cat Sophie being curious as to what was being created here.  Fitting as this is a halloween craft, and she is a black cat!


Okay, getting back on track. 🙂

5.) Use your spray paint to LIGHTLY color the edges of the pages.  You don’t want to overdo this, you just want a really light and even dusting of color.


6.) Once paint is completely dry, you now want to add your stems.  To do this, I just used A LOT of glue from the glue gun.  Since this glue dries fairly quickly, I was able to just hold the stem in place and gob glue around it, then wait till it dried enough to hold the stick in place on it’s own.


7.) Really you can stop here if you would like, but I wanted to cover up the gob of glue that I created to put the stem in place, so I added a ribbon, and that did the trick while still looking really cute!  Just tie the ribbon around the base of the stem and arrange how you would like.


You’re done!  Put them proudly on display for some really cute halloween decor!


Aren’t they so cute?  Happy Halloween and enjoy! 🙂