Paperback Pumpkin Decoration

I know alot of people love warm weather, but I am simply not made for heat.  So while the rest of the country is longing for sunshine, I’m looking forward to a change in season.  I love Autumn.  Crispy leaves, hot drinks and all things spooky.  But Halloween / Autumnal decorations don’t have to be ghoulish – what do you think of my Paperback Pumpkin?

I love Autumn.  Crispy leaves, hot drinks and all things spooky

Made from old books, so battered that even my local Charity shop were going to throw away, I think this pumpkin is a thing of upcycled beauty.

Please, please, please don’t cut up books that could still be enjoyed by someone else.  The lady at our local Charity shop rescued the ones I used from their recycling bin, placed there because they were ‘yellowing’.  I’m sorry Ian Rankin!

You Will Need:

A pen

Sharp Scissors

A thick twig

Pipe cleaner (optional


Two old paperback books


  • Draw a ‘half pumpkin’ shape on the cover of one of your books and cut around.  You need to remove any straight edges from the long sides but leave a flat edge at one of the short sides.
    draw shape.
  • Use that as a template to draw and cut out the same shape on a few pages at a time.
    Do this to both books, checking regularly that the shape matches.

  • Then you simply staple the book covers together back to back.  You might want to include a page or two aswell just to disguise the different colours and textures.
  • Stick your stick into the centre to create a stalk and if you like, use a pipe cleaner to add a curly stem.

That’s it!  So simple yet so effective.  Use the pumpkin as a decoration in your window or on a table.

What do you think?

Love Rachel ❤️

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