Monday, October 4, 2010

Altered Book Pumpkin

I had a little fun this weekend playing with some scissors and glue.
I also had a little fun playing on "picnik".

Can you tell?

I love this textured look,

and the cross process, makes it look kind of spooky.


This is the gritty effect.
ok, here's how I made the pumpkin.

I took about 5 paperback books from my son's room that I had purchased from the thrift store for .50 cents each. He hadn't ever read them yet and decided it was a lost cause so I'd make good use of them. I traced a half pumpkin shape with a pencil, then cut using an exacto knife.

Here are two books side by side that make a pumpkin shape.
Then start glueing them together. Let dry under a stack of something heavy. And then continue with the other 3 books until it is really fulland looks something like this.
This goes along perfectly with the fall style I am going for this year,


creams and blacks, with only a touch of orange.




52 comments:

  1. Very creative!! I have plenty of old books around, may have to try this!

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  2. I love this! Great job & I'm going to have to try it!

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  3. Very cute and clever!! I love playing with the photos and effects! :)

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  4. i love this project. good job!

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  5. this is so very cool. I love it.
    Great job!
    ~Tana

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  6. SO COOL! What a unique idea for Fall decorations!

    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com

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  7. I absolutely love this! Maybe I'll get my sisters and mom together so we can all make one.

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  8. Fab ! Love your photography too.

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  9. I just found your blog. I have enjoyed reading through EVERY post! Loving all the cool projects, and I now have to try that pumpkin. :)

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  10. This is seriously fantastic! I'm your newest follower!

    Melissa
    http://www.burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

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  11. Just one word... PERFECT!

    I would just love if you would come over to Crazy Cute at Between U & Me and share this with everyone! :)

    www.betweenuandme.com

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  12. So adorable! I love this - will definitely be making my own! TFS!

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  13. This is so cute! I hope you'll come link it up to my Halloween party this weekend, it would be such a great addition. whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com. I love this.

    Krista

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  14. OHHHH. MYYYYY. GAAAAAASH! FABULOUS! I LOVE THIS! Stop on by my blog I have a great Scentsy give away going!

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  15. I have some old books that I was trying to figure out what to do with them. This project will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Oh! This is such a cute idea! LOVE it!

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  17. I love this book pumpkin project. I doing it and I'm following!

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  18. This is fantastic... hands down the best idea!! This must be part of Shabby Nest's frugal round-up next week. Kudos to you!

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  19. I love this I made a link to it on my link party. :)
    http://lorajeansmagazine.blogspot.com/2010/10/free-halloween-challenge-more-free.html

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  20. Love it...all of its various "looks" (via Picnik) are festive and fun!

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  21. This is so cute! great idea!
    Im one of your newest followers ~
    Melissa =)
    http://candlesinks.blogspot.com/

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  22. I'll have to try this...my house is lacking in pumpkins this year...:)

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  23. This is great! I love anything using newsprint, bookprint or sheet music - so clever!

    You've got a great blog and I'm now a follower...I'm off to check out the rest of your creations! :)

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  24. I am constantly awestruck by the cleverness of others. Seriously...how do you come up with this stuff? Adorable. Lisa~

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  25. That's just fantastic ... what a unique project with great results!

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  26. Thanks so much for posting this. I wanted to do something like this but wasn't quite sure how many books to use or how it would come out. I'll be hunting for enough books to make a couple of these. Great job

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  27. Thanks for a great idea, something everyone can try.

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  28. Ingenious , I reckon I could do a christmas tree like this--cottonreel

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  29. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Karin

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  30. This is amazing and made my South American fall decorating so much easier. I shared your idea on my blog: http://creativebynecessity.blogspot.com/

    thanks,
    tracy

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  31. Love this! I love that it's not just for Halloween, but could be used the entire Fall season!

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  32. Very cute :) I would love to do this if I could find some paper that "looked" like it came from books. I just don't think I could do it with an actual book :)

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  33. I just became your newest follower. You are so creative!!!! LOve the pumpkin:) Thanks for the tutorial.
    ~Debra
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

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  34. This is adorable and so creative. Also I love that you stole the books from your son's room! :)

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  35. WOW! I see you've been picking some CRAFTBERRIES...You got it bang on to the ORIGINAL...
    http://craftberrybush.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-in-love-with-fall.html
    Very nicely done :)

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  36. I LOVE this pumpkin, Michele!!! So cool & understated...just perfect.

    I would love if you would share it at my Everything Halloween party starting this Sunday!

    http://midwesternsewinggirl.blogspot.com/2011/09/everything-halloween-preview.html

    Thanks so much!

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  37. I'm an English teacher, so I think this is awesome!

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  38. Great idea! I'd love for you to link it here:

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-craft-challenge-4-pumpkins.html

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  39. One of my favorite projects this Fall!

    Thanks for sharing your Fall pretties with us at French Cupboard's Handmade Harvest.

    Blessings... Polly
    French Cupboard &
    Counting Your Blessings

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  40. hehe we are book pumpkin sisters!! I did the same project!!! But yours is fuller than mine bc you used many books -- I just cut through a 300+ pg book with my exacto knife!!
    It's a cool project isn't it??

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  41. I love that! And you make it look so easy! What a super-cheap way to make something so individual and gorgeous!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my Fall In Love party.

    Sarahx

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