REMOVE THE COVER & HARD SPINE OF THE BOOK- First thing, remove the front and back covers along with the hard spine of the book. This allows you to easily curve your book around to form a circle.
MAKE A HALF PUMPKIN TEMPLATE- Second, remove the first page of your book and cut out a half pumpkin shape. Then, place your pattern flat side touching the binding edge of the book. Trace around the shape. (this step is similar to when you make paper hearts)
CUT OUT THE PAGES- Third, Using an exacto knife or scissors cut the line you just traced. You will want to cut through several book pages at a time.Keep doing this step until you cut through the last book page.
USE SCISSORS TO CLEAN UP THE OUTSIDE EDGES- My pumpkin shape turned out a bit wonky. That was ok. I just used a pair of scissors to clean up the pages a bit so they were a little more even.The pages don’t have to be perfectly exact. You won’t be able to tell they are a little off once you open the book up into the shape of a pumpkin.
PAINT THE SIDE OF THE BOOK-This is completely optional. I really like the look of the pumpkin painted around the outside edge of the pages. Use acrylic paint and lightly paint the page edges. You don’t have to cover them completely.
GLUE- Use a hot glue gun to add a bit of glue to the spine of the book. Open up the book and press the spine together. Next, add hot glue to the last page then press the first page to it. Now you have a pumpkin shape.
PUMPKIN ACCENTS- I used a stick from my yard to act as a pumpkin stem for my DIY book pumpkin. Add hot glue to the bottom of the pumpkin stem then place it in the center of the book where the spine is still open. For my pumpkins, I chose to add curly baling wire (you can buy this from your local farm or hardware store), a bow made from twine, and a simple bow made from polka dot burlap ribbon. Use hot-glue to attach your accent pieces close to the stem of the pumpkin.