Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall in love with Fall....

I grew up amongst canvasses and paint brushes, music notes and instruments.

There was always someone creating art or music around me and that is perhaps why I often refer back to my library of childhood memories when doing crafts.

While doing this craft, I reminisced about a time sitting by my father's feet and creating with him.  As I turned each page of the book, I heard his wild stories and funny jokes which will always be archived in my heart. 

During a recent visit to a local Urban store, my eye caught something that reminded me of my dad and his 'crazy' creations.  They were simple frames covered in newsprint along with tote bags and baskets weaved from old magazines.  

Even though we were not very recycle savvy back then, my dad would make little stools out of old telephone books for my brother and I.  We would sit by his side and help him fold each page of the phone book until it would become a piece of furniture.  Brilliant! 


The materials:
Old paperback book
thick cardboard
scissors
ribbon(optional)
garden stick
exacto knife
hot glue gun
tea bag (optional)


Draw the shape of your pumpkin on your cardboard and cut it out


Remove cover from book


Place cardboard over book and cut along with exacto knife


You will have to continue cutting  until you reach the end of the book

  
Trim all the little bits of paper (although I personally like the way this looks)


Make some tea!



With the tea bag, stain the pages of the book


Glue the stick to the back of the book


Glue some pages around the stick; the clip holds it while it dries
(note: my pumpkin will sit on a shelf, so for this purpose it's better if the back is flat. If your pumpkin will sit on a desk or table, you will need to glue the back).


...and that's all she wrote (get it? it's a book...nevermind)


'FALL'  IN LOVE .........


How about a little white pumpkin with the kiddies?  Simply take some white paper and fold in half.  Staple the centre to form a little booklet and have your child cut the 'pages'.  Glue a little stick and there you go.  These would also make lovely place cards or you can make a streamer, so many craftberries....


An apple?  Tres jolie!




Hope you enjoyed today's Craftberry.......................





62 comments:

  1. Gorgeous craft, love that is attractive, simple, and low-cost (triple duty!)

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  2. This is so pretty, thank you for sharing!

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  3. So, so cute! I'm going to make one with some vintage books I just scored. Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah

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  4. That is so adorable!I would love if you linked to my party!http://memakingdo.blogspot.com/2010/09/your-so-very-creative-linky-party.html

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  5. This is as cute as can be! What a wonderful idea. I really like the addition of the pretty bow.

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  6. That is so cute. I have made Christmas trees by folding pages before but have never seen a pumpkin. I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. That is such a great idea. Love your blog!

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  8. Oh....how unique! Love it ~ so happy I stopped by!!

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  9. I have to make this!! I love old pages and this pumpkin will be great! thanks for inspiring me.

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  10. LOVE This idea! I would love to have you guest post this tutorial over on my blog LOVE STITCHED. if you are interested please email me!!
    Brittany@LoveStitched.Com

    www.lovestitched.com

    thanks :)

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  11. Hi. Love your pumpkin book! Very creative!
    ~ Julie

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  12. I love this! What a great idea!

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  13. Thanks so much....I so appreciate it your comments, they encourage me to post better and prettier things........much love to all. :o)

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  14. This is ..great! I love it!
    Thanks for sharing!

    What an amazing blog you have! I'll coming back!

    Greetings from Amsterdam,

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  15. So cute!! I am loving this idea! Really really sweet! Coming over from Vanessa's~ Nice to meet you!! :)

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  16. i just love this i remember early in the spring bloggers were making pears out of books....this be perfect to sit on a desk.

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  17. Very Clever. What a fun decoration.

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  18. Thanks for the great idea. I am going to make one for my librarian friend. She will love it!

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  19. Love this! I made one for my mantel and linked it back up to you on my blog!

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  20. This is just adorable! I love this idea... so clever & unique. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. Such a great idea to make a shaped book sculpture! I love all the variations you showed us too, the teacher in me really likes the apple:) Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!

    PS: I think you linked to your main page instead of this post. To get a direct URL to your individual posts click on the title and it will open in a new page. Copy and paste that into a linky party for a direct link. Make sense?

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  22. Ohhh great idea!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. great idea, it looks so beautiful:)).....
    thanks for sharing.....:))
    greeting from croatia:)....
    M....

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  24. Now that took some patience. It looks wonderful (I like the one made from the book). Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I found your blog through pleasures of Homemaking -I'm sure glad she mentioned your blog on her post-your blog is amazing -You have already been placed under my favorites :-)

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  26. What a fun idea! I might have to try it!

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  27. Hi there! I followed your instructions to make the adorable paper pumpkin and linked back to your instructions on my blog. Hope you get a lot of visitors! Here's my post: http://ewehooo.blogspot.com/2010/10/paper-pumpkin.html

    Love it! Thanks so much!

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  28. Hi! I am a new follower of your great blog! I too made a version of this cute pumpkin and linked back to your tutorial. Thanks for all of your clever ideas! here is my link: http://do-rahdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/11/paperback-novel-pumpkin-tutorial.html

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  29. Sooooo cute!!!!

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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  30. Featured you today!
    http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-was-inspired-to-make-these.html

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  31. I loved your pumkins and linked this to my "book pages" post!

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  32. Stopping by from today’s blog hop and am your newest follower. I hope that 1 of my blogs interests you too.

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  33. This is the cutest pumpkin I have seen on any blog. really.

    Janice

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  34. ps: I should have said which one the pumpkin made out of a book and then your tea died the edges

    Janice

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  35. So making myself some of these! Very creative!

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  36. CUTE! I think I might have to try this!

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  37. this was so awesome I had to um, be inspired by it...

    http://shimmerandtulle.blogspot.com/2011/09/youre-smart-pumpkin.html

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  38. I just found your blog. Love your paper pumpkins and would love to feature them on my blog For the Feature Me Daily for Thursday Oct. 20th for the day. I would love it if you would come by and check it out. My blog is http://www.scrappingpinklady.com

    Lisa Scrappingpinklady

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  39. I love this and your blog. I am now following you!
    You can visit me at mymodernguide.blogspot.com

    Beki

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  40. Hi, loved this...so much that I made it myself. Problem is my pumpkin doesn't fan out. Like at all. Any words of wisdom?

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  41. I'm loving this idea. I'll have to give it a try and if it works out, I'll post it to my blog and link back to your tutorial. Thanks!
    http://titus2workinprogress.blogspot.com/

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  42. these were so cute i had to try them out myself! my mantle & i thank you for your tutorial :o) i linked it back to you here...http://2texansandalittlerussky.blogspot.com/p/shes-crafty.html

    happy thanksgiving!

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  43. I posted mine on my blog and linked back to your instructions. Just wanted to share it with you! http://titus2workinprogress.blogspot.com/2011/11/book-to-pumpkin-and-other-festive-stuff.html

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  45. Absolutely ingenious! LOVE it!

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  46. Gorgeous!! How about a tutorial on that phone book stool thingy?

    :)

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  47. Love them. What did you use to color the red on the apple. Thanks.

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  48. I have recently made one of these myself and have added a link to yours on my post. LOVE IT.

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  49. I'm sorry but this is not recycled, this is destroying something that someone else could put to good use. It upsets me so much when people come up with *recycled* ideas for books. If you want to recycle a book, donate it to someone who can't afford to buy one or your local public library.

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  50. Lucy, it sounds like you had a wonderfully creative childhood surrounded by art, craft, and music.

    Saying "and that's all she wrote" at the conclusion of your book-pumpkin tutorial was very funny. I love the weaving of words.

    When you mentioned the stool you created with your father, it reminded me of doorstops created by my great-aunt (who was not only a top-notch recycler, but also had a noggin designed for knitting and complicated math calculations).

    Having taught high-school math, she was my algebra tutor. I did not absorb the math, but did learn how to make the doorstops. Hers were created from big, thick Sears and Roebuck catalogues. She folded each page diagonally - down from the outer corner to the center and when she was finished, the doorstop was shaped like a tiki hut.

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  51. Thank you for sharing this idea. This is definitely perfect for paper pumpkins for Halloween or paper bells for Christmas. This recycling idea will definitely help in reducing paper wastes; thus, helping preserve what is left of our environment. Again, thank you for this post. This is such an inspiration.

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    Wordless Wednesday 10/1 Hope you can stop by and add your blog.

    Have a great week,
    Oh My Heartsie Girl
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  54. Lucy, it sounds like you had a wonderfully creative childhood surrounded by art, craft, and music.

    Saying "and that's all she wrote" at the conclusion of your book-pumpkin tutorial was very funny. I love the weaving of words.

    When you mentioned the stool you created with your father, it reminded me of doorstops created by my great-aunt (who was not only a top-notch recycler, but also had a noggin designed for knitting and complicated math calculations).

    Having taught high-school math, she was my algebra tutor. I did not absorb the math, but did learn how to make the doorstops. Hers were created from big, thick Sears and Roebuck catalogues. She folded each page diagonally - down from the outer corner to the center and when she was finished, the doorstop was shaped like a tiki hut.
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