Today I want to show you a wonderful idea that should cost any of you less then a $1 in supplies. We will be re-purposing a used book that has seen better days. Instead of recycling this worn out beast lets create something beautiful out of it.
- 1 - Bottle of Helmar 450 Quick Dry
- 1 - Bottle of Helmar Gemstone Glue
- 1 - Used paper back book... the more pages the better (300-500)
- 1 - Jar of Pumpkin Colored Glitter
- 1 - Paper Grocery Bag
- 1 - Sheet of Glitter Leaf paper from the Robin's Nest
- 2-3 - Flowers (I chose orange)
Step 2: Once you have cut all the pages into the pumpkin curve you need to ink it with a golden/orange color to help create the "pumpkin" look.
Step 3: Using Helmar 450 Quick Dry, glue the front and back pages and inside the back binding to each other, opening the book 360 degrees. Hold in place for a couple of min and begin to separate any pages clumped together. NOTE: Helmar 450 Quick Dry really is the best glue for the job here. No Joke! I tried to use a hot glue gun for this step and found that the head melts the origional binding glue and it winds up to be a bigger mess (with the binding falling apart) then you wanted.
Step 4: Using Helmar Gemstone Glue select 7-9 pages around the pumpkin to run a bead of glue on from top to bottom. Glitter with Pumpkin Colored fine art glitter and let dry.
Step 5: While step 4 is drying take a brown paper bag and twist and contort it into a stem for your pumpkin. I added brown puff paint to give it more of a two tone color. Fancy cut some fall leaves out of paper (I used a sheet from Robin's Nest) and glitter with Gemstone Glue and a gold colored glitter.
Step 6: Using Helmar 450 glue the paper bag Stem onto the pumpkin and embellish with fancy cut glittered leaves and some flowers.
Here are a few more examples of the pumpkins. Enjoy and Have a Happy Helmar Day!
Short and fat:
Tall and lumpy:
L. Grace Lauer