I've had a couple gals email me about doing a "How To" for the book pumpkin (or ghost) in the previous post. Let's do it!
First off, know that this is adapted from the adorable book pumpkins in the current issue of Country Home magazine. So this is my version. remember I said it was SO easy. Not kidding! Do it with your kid! It's also inexpensive and lends itself to many adaptations.
Here's how I did this one:
1. Grab an old soft paper back pr hard cover book with lots of pages. i used a hard back book. Love the crisp pages. This book has about 320 pages.
2. Fold the top corner of each page toward the center spine of the book. Keep the folds fairly uniform.
3. Use an exacto (if a hard back book) to cut off the front and back cover. If it's a soft back, you can probably use scissors.
4. Fan out the pages and pull the first and last pages together, making them touch. Fluff, it and shake it and "crack/bend" the spine if it's a fairly new or unused book to get it fan out for you. Hot glue the covers together. Now you have your base.
5. Cut from patterned paper, eyes and mouth for your pumpkin/ghost. I just drew mine on the backside of the paper, cut them out and hot glued to the pumpkin.
6. I twisted a piece of thin black paper into a stem shape and hot glued it into the top center of the pumpkin.
7. Sketch a couple leaves for the stem.cut out and glue in place.
8. Cut 2 strips (1/4" x 6") into a triangle shape and run along the edge of scissors to make them curl. Wrap these tendrils around the pumpkin stem and glue in place.
I used a print from 7 Gypsies b/c I knew it was a small pattern and I was making small pieces for the pumpkin. I'd recommend any small print paper you have on hand.
There ya go!! Have fun making these with your kiddos, Susan!
I'm off to the grocery store (ugh) and then to lunch with a sweet friend who's in town!