Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pumpkins In the Bookcase

Hi everyone! I’ve been selling my books on Amazon for the past month or so and the result is that I have lots of empty space on my bookshelves (and some extra fun money)!

I, of course, have to fill up all that empty space! Anyway, I wanted to make something that  I could put on one of the shelves that wasn’t scary or halloweeney (you won't find any halloween projects here) and came across a tutorial for a paperback book pumpkin @ Craftberry Bush. This is a new to me blog which seems to have lots of lovely craft ideas. So please do visit her and have a look.
It’s such an easy & inexpensive project and I think it’s the perfect type of pumpkin for a bookshelf -don’t you? That’s a real pumpkin stem on it by the way.
On the bottom shelf I used a pumpkin I made last year. It’s a white one with black polka dots.

I just used those stick on dot things you get at the office supply store. They don’t come in black so I just went over them with a black sharpie. Then you just peel and stick them on the pumpkin. Easy, easy! Of course, you can do whatever color suits you – it’s a fantasy pumpkin so it doesn’t matter. Just coordinate it with your decor.
Surrounded by a few other pumpkins and a little Pottery Barn vase I got at the thrift store
On the top shelf I put a red and yellow pumpkin that I got at some store last year – Hobby Lobby/Michaels – one of those. I like that pumpkins don’t have to be orange anymore – I keep those for decorating my front porch area.

Here’s how I made the paperback book pumpkin:

1. Take the cover off your paperback and draw the shape of your pumpkin on an appropriately sized piece of cardboard.
2. Place your cardboard stencil on your book and use an exacto knife to cut around it. It’ll take several passes.
3. I did stain the edges of the pages with a tea bag as suggested in the Craftberry Bush tutorial.
4. I used a stem from one of my real pumpkins but the tutorial uses a stick (from your yard) hot glued to the spine of the book (with the top sticking up over the book).
5.Then glue a few pages around the stick and hold the pages together with a clip. I glued a few of the back pages together and glued my stem on top.

6. I found that I did have to fuss with the pages a bit to get it fan out properly. I had to make the spine more flexible so that I could get it to fan all around.
Although, my daughter says mine is more like a paperback pear than pumpkin! I guess I should have made it squatter :)

Thanks for the kind comments and emails on my last post! I had been feeling a bit weepy about taking my plates out of the garden and all.

Also, saw the doctor yesterday and he said I can do 45 min of non/low impact aerobics 4 x's a week since my knee is doing so much better. So today I biked for 45 min and I feel so much better! When I don’t exercise regularly things bother me so much more than when I do exercise. So I’m glad I’m able to get back at it!

As always, thanks for stopping by!


The Tablescaper said...

How creative - and it suits your color scheme!

- The Tablescaper

Shilo said...

Manuela, that paperback pumpkin is the cutest project I have seen in a LONG time. I absolutely love it and can't wait to try it!
Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great weekend and what great news about your knee!!

vintage girl at heart said...

love it....and stopping by your creative Home!
i saw this on another blog today but love that you gave us a tute on it!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your paperback and the polka dot pumpkin. Great tutorial. Your decorations look wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Hi Manuela! Oh, your paperback pumpkin is so cute! I'll have to go and check out that blog. Love how you've decorated your shelves.
Glad your tiny knee is doing better!!
Be a sweetie,

GlorV1 said...

Glad your knee is doing better. I thought of selling my books on Amazon but decided against it and then I thought of Etsy and now they added the new tax thing so I didn't do that either. Oh well. Great to see your post and hope all is well. Take care.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I like that paperback pumpkin a lot, Manuela!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yes, Manuela, that paperback book pumpkin is perfect there! Love that polka dot one {and of course, your fleur and harlequin bookends}!

Vee said...

Pear or's very sweet! I bet that after all the work on your house, you were happy to do something crafty.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Cute project! Glad your knee is doing better. Glad you have done well selling your books. I have never sold anything on the internet. I have thought about selling some of the jewelry I make, but so far the cons out weight the pros.
Enjoy your evening.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad to hear your knee is improving! I would like to make one of these pumpkin pears! heehee! I'll have to get a cheap book at the library lobby sales! Great idea! ♥

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Really cute idea. I made a candle out of a book but never thought that you could cut and shape it to be round like a pumpkin! Love it. Love the black and white pumpkin with polka dots too.

Storybook Woods said...

Another brillant book idea. You on a roll girl xoxo Clarice

Cindy said...

Hi Manuela,
That is definitely one that I am going to do! I have been saving a paperback that isn't fit to read for just such a project!
Thanks for the idea and the tutorial. Exercise is great therapy, isn't it! It is my time for thinking and praying.
Hugs, Cindy

Kelly said...

I just found your blog and LOVE it! I recently got married and have been making my first home (and first blog!). I followed you and added your button to my page and can't wait to continue reading and try out some of your project ideas. Thanks again!

Sammy said...

Very creative. I love your bookcase and your Pumpkins.


-Samya :-)

Ames said...

How cool. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing. ~Ames

Heathahlee said...

Oh, goodness...another book craft to try! I've already got two on my list! : )

I've been going through your recent posts...that t.v. armoire looks fabulous!

Kathy said...

The paperback pumpkin is so cute -Glad your knee is doing better -exercise does help stress doesn't it and boy you sure have a lot of changes happening -always nice to see a post from you :-)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love all of your pumpkins and I really love that paperback book idea!! Thanks for sharing it Manuela.

Craftberry Bush said...

Hey Manuela...Your pumpkin turned out beautiful! Thanks so much for linking back...I really appreciate it! I hope you come back to the Craftberry Bush...I have so many berries to share! xox

much love,


Gonna have fun browsing your blog now....:o)

Melissa Miller said...

Very cute bookshelf ideas Manuela!

I understand about being busier than normal. I feel like I'm about to pull my hair out the last few weeks. Ugh.

Happy weekend! ~Melissa :)

Janice said...

I love your shelf full of pumpkins!! The polka dot one is so adorable...I am going to make one myself. Thank you for sharing the wonderful ideas. The paperback book one is amazing too.

Anonymous said...

You are just so crafty. Holy smokes what a cute idea with the paperback book. Love it.

Manuela, can you look at my post from yesterday on my new dining area project. I think I need one more item to add to the country french eccletic.
Help! LOL.

Take care,

Adrienne said...

It's good to hear from you again. I've been thinking of you and wondering how things are going. Your little paperback pumpkin is so cute. Thanks for sharing your pumpkin decor with us.

Anonymous said...

Hi Manuela
I am playing a bit of catchup on my blog visits this morning.

I love the paper pumpkin. Wonderful project and it looks great in your shelves.

I've been thinking of you as you go through the process of preparing and selling your home.

Paula@SweetPea said...

Congratulations on getting the go ahead to exercise. I know that you must be so relieved that your knee is getting better.

I love your paperback pumpkin. That's a fun idea!

Janet said...

You are a REaltor's dream client doing all this work to make your house perfect for the market. If I had had more clients like you I might still be in business. Love the pumpkin!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I love it! what a great project! Miss your posts, sweetie - there is always some delightful inspiration here!

Melanie said...

The paper pumpkin is really cute. I don't decorate for the different holidays so I enjoy seeing everyone else's decor. Have a great weekend.

mizdarlin said...

I keep reading that exercise is the great healer for so many things..depression, arthritis, etc...and I know that when I'm busy and moving, don't have time to be sad..glad you are back on your feet and back in our blogs..your ideas are wonderful and your photos are too..nice to 'see' you again!

Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog said...

wow, you have done a fabulous job in making a paper pumpkin, it loos fabulous, all it needs is orange touch and no body would be able to say what you made it from, it looks perfect perched on the bookshelf cabinet, away from hands but very visible

Unknown said...

The paper pumkind is a really cute idea. Thanks for sharing it with us. I also like your poka dot pumpkin. Linda

Brenda Pruitt said...

You manage to come up with or find the bestest ideas! And your pumpkin looks like a pumpkin. I didn't once think of a pear. They say if you don't use it, you lose it. Which is why I try to stay pretty active myself.

Melanie said...

Love your creative pumpkins! I also wanted to ask you about your bookcase - did you use wallpaper to cover the back of it? (The green and white design.) Very pretty. :-)


Gumbo Lily said...

Old projects are *new* again. Do you remember the book and magazine Christmas trees that were make back in the 70's? Very similar projects. I really do like your pumpkin sitting amongst the bookcase.



I love your sweet polka dot pumpkin idea. I have to do it. Ironically, I had the idea to do the book pages pumpkin. Wasn't sure that it would work or how? Now,I have to try it! Thanks!!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

loving all these different pumpkins!

Kelly said...

Sorry to comment twice on one post, but I wanted to let you know that I tried out your fall book page wreath over the weekend and blogged about it today. The wreath turned out BEAUTIFULLY! Thanks so much for the tutorial!


Dena said...

That is such a cute idea! I love old books. As for the dotty punkin'...I'll be buying some stickers this weekend ;)


Debbie said...

I love that paperback pumpkin!!! Heck, I would love it as a pear.
I am definitely... DEFINITELY going to copy that. It's so cute.

That polka dot one made me grin, too. said...

Hi there
I am so in love with that paperback pumpkin. I am going to try and make one. You are very creative.
Love your blog by the way.

Sheila said...

What a great idea! I love that so much, your whole bookshelf is lovely

Julie Harward said...

I have seen these before but couldn't remember how to do it...thanks for the good tutorial! ;D

Marianne said...

Selling your books he! Now that is a novel concept. I can only do my best and stop buying them :-)
Love your pumpking/pear! And glad you are feeling better.

Sue said...

Just too cute in the pumpkin shape. I recently created a similar book project but didn't cut out a shape. I topped them with pine cones and a doorknob. I guess I should post when I get a chance, huh? LOL
Hope all is well, Manuela. You are a busy gal, as usual.
hugs, Sue

Gmama Jane said...

Nice to meet you and become a new follower. I've only been blogging since May/June so my blog doesn't have as many bells & whistles but it performs it's main purpose..that of a place to preserve the legacy of my family and all the stories that are told around the table or at Holidays, weddings & births/funerals. My love of quilting intertwines with my joy at being a stay at home Grandmama..retired teacher as of Dec. 08. I'm selective about blogs I follow because like you time is precious. I particularly liked your comments on growing your blog and amount of posting. My main purpose is not to grow my blog so the lack of pressure has allowed me to post when I feel like it. I do like visitors though so when you have a minute come on over and chat.

Gmama Jane

~Lesa~ said... going to make one today! Your bookshelves look great!

Susie Homemaker said...

Love that pumpkin! What an easy idea! I think I will make several as decorations for my upcoming bookclub meeting! Thank you so much for sharing the idea!


Anita said...

I love the pumpkin idea. I'll have to write it down and make it next year. You are so creative!
P.S. My daughter lived in Atlanta suburbs for six years and driving there made me so nervous.