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boadicea
« on: September 09, 2008 12:23:28 PM »

I made this using an old star trek book! I used a wooden pumpkin for a template and cut the pages with a blade. I'm going to make another one and I'll post a tute.



Here's the tute I put together. I used an apple pattern for this one but you'll get the idea.



First off, gather your supplies:



- book for dismembering, paperbacks are great
- template (I made half an apple out of a thick piece of chipboard)
- exacto knife with a very sharp blade
- clips
- glue stick
- snot dots
- ink or paint for coloring and something to apply it with
- anything you want to decorate with.



Step 1

My paperback book was too thick so I split it in half using my blade. Try and make a clean break or you will end up sacrificing some pages.



Step 2

Lay the template down on the book and cut the pages around the template. Be careful not to cut in to the template and try to cut only a few pages down at a time to start. Try and make one smooth cut if you want to avoid rough edges. I personally like the distressed look.



Step 3

Remove the cut paper leaving the template in place. Cut and repeat. Cut and repeat. I found that I was cutting about four pages at first and then ended up cutting a lot more at a time once I got the hang of it.



Step 4

Once the book is cut, trim any rough edges you don't want. Especially those that are hanging off. This will help for the next step: inking.



Step 5

For color, I used ink refill and diluted it a bit because I wanted it to soak in to the paper. I applied it with a cotton ball to the edge of the book. (I have not tried paint so I'm not sure what technique you will need to keep the pages from sticking together.)



Step 6

Once the edges were done, I applied the ink/water mixture to the inside of the pages by using a "flip and wipe" method. I turned the book over and then did the same thing on the other side. I did not try and get every page but rather a sampling of pages for a worn effect. Let it dry or cheat and use a heat gun to lightly dry the edges. Which method do you think I used?



Step 7

Once the book is dry you will need to stretch the spine so it opens. The book I used was not terribly worn so it did not fan well on it's own. I stretched it at random to loosen it up.



Step 8

I chose to use a stick with a little leaf for my decoration. On the pumpkin I used wired ribbon, wire, and lace. I covered the stick with snot dots and layed it in the top of the apple. It's starting to look like an apple now, isn't it?



Step 9

Apply a good craft glue stick to one side of the book making sure you go all the way to the edges. Carefully close book and clamp tight. I think that paperclips would work for this, too. Let it dry.




Step 10

Add any additional decorations at this point. Fan the book a couple of times to get an even shape. You are done.

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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008 12:39:31 PM »

that's really cute!
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008 12:40:27 PM »

So cute! That's a great idea for using up old books. Very neat!
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008 12:45:10 PM »

I love it and can't wait to see the tut!  Thanks in advance for doing it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008 01:02:15 PM »

Ooo, yes please post a tut! I absolutely love that. What a clever idea.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 01:07:55 PM »

this is too cute.  I also would like a tut.
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008 01:14:38 PM »

reminds me of the christmas trees we used to make out of old books in kindergarten!
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008 01:15:19 PM »

Cute!!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2008 01:24:32 PM »

I absolutely love this! How cute. Thanks in advance for the tutorial, I imagine it's doable with other shapes too. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2008 01:34:15 PM »

I can't wait for the tute cause that's really cute!!! (wow.. that rhymes...)
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2008 01:35:48 PM »

I can't wait to try one.  Time to snatch up those 10 cent books at the library!
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2008 03:44:24 PM »

That is too clever! and I can just see a bunch of uses for it!!!
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2008 06:24:06 PM »

Wow.. that's really flippin cool.

I can't wait to see the tute. you did a really good job! Grin
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2008 06:51:21 PM »

So cute!  Also thanking you in advance for the tute!
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2008 07:19:47 PM »

That is waaaay too cute.  I love that you used pages from a book to do it, adds such personality lol.  Can't wait for the tute!
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2008 07:40:15 PM »

I'll echo the others.....
Looking forward to that tute!
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2008 08:50:48 PM »

i'm no different than those before me.  super cute.  can't wait for the tute!
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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2008 09:20:46 AM »

HA! Something to do with those old paperbacks that are missing their covers and turning yellow. I love it! I've always had a hard time throwing away books...something about the image of the Nazis burning books during WWII that bothers me.
Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2008 09:26:40 AM »

Love it!  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2008 10:45:18 AM »

Cute and sophisticated. It's fall-ish but not too themey
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2008 10:55:22 AM »

When I first saw this I thought ohhh a apple perfect teachers gift, then I clicked it and noticed it wasn't. Love the idea would still be a perfect teacher gift.  Look forward to the Tute
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« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2008 11:11:36 AM »

Here's boadicea's tute for an apple shape version as posted on her website: http://cheekymagpie.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2008 05:14:32 PM »

That is too cute!
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« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2008 05:41:20 PM »

I like it.  I've made the Christmas tree books like this but never pumpkins.  Great idea!!!!
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2008 07:46:25 PM »

so pumped for a tutorial!  I ADORE THIS
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« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2008 04:17:50 PM »

this is adorable! i'm totally going to make pumpkins to put on the table for thanksgiving!  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2008 07:22:13 PM »

I like the book and your instructions are great.
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« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2008 06:01:05 PM »

I feel like you could use watercolor paint on the edges and it would go well.
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« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2008 02:19:38 PM »

Hi I'm new around here but I just wanted to let you know that this made my day.  It's thanksgiving and my sister has been hospitalized for complications due to her eating disorder so I was pretty bummed.  I came on craftster just to look and marvel and be inspired and then I found your project.  I read all the steps realized I had all the supplies and burned off some stress whipping up a pumpkin to dress our holiday table.  Thanks for giving me a much needed break and for the excellent tute (my pumpkin turned out beautifully).  Side note I used paint for the edges and because I was impatient used my blow dryer and experienced no page sticking  Grin

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« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2008 04:33:45 PM »

ghanne - I'm so happy this project was useful to you on a couple levels. I forget how cathartic crafting can be. I'm glad you were able to do it and I hope things get better with your sister.

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that's so creative and unique! i have to try it. Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2008 05:23:21 PM »

Ha! I finally got to the cheapest place to get books I'm willing to destroy today so I can do this for Thanksgiving and was hoping I could easily find your post again for a refresher, but it was in my "Replies To Your Posts" when I got home from work.  I can't wait to try it!
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Congrats!!

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« Reply #34 on: October 25, 2010 10:51:15 AM »

THANK YOUSO cute and so different for Halloween! what a great idea!!! Thanks for the tut!!!!
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« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2010 10:02:59 AM »

very cute! now to find a book I don't need anymore Cheesy
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