Monday, November 17, 2008

Home Decor With the Bind It All

I love to decorate my home to reflect the various seasons and holidays. For Fall, I decided I needed a pumpkin of some kind. I had seen an ingenious use of an old paperback recently to make three dimensional art. I decided this is what I wanted to do, but with a twist....use my Bind-it-All. Here's what I came up with....

Now, here are the instructions on making it!

Paperback Pumpkin

This project uses the Bind-it-All, O-wires, an old paperback book, tissue paper and cardstock to create a pumpkin.

Gather your materials. You will need the following items to complete this project.

Zutter Bind-it-All
Zutter Wire Cutters
Zutter craft knife
Cricut or other die cutting machine
Tombo Mono liquid glue
Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator & felt pad
Number two pencil
Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge
Fiskars Bow Maker

One Zutter 12 inch 5/8 inch diameter O-Wire: Silver
One Zutter 12 inch 3/8 inch diameter O-Wire: Silver
Cardstock: Green and Brown
Ranger Distress Ink: Orange Marmalade
Glimmer Mist: Honey Dew Mist, Autumn Leaves, Harvest Orange
Tissue Paper
7 Gypsies Brads
Prima Flowers
Fancy Pants ribbon
Raffia: natural
Ranger Stickles: Cinnamon and Green
Miscellaneous Buttons
cardboard or chipboard

  1. Before starting, remember: Measure twice, cut once.
  2. With the pencil, draw half a pumpkin on cardboard or chipboard. Using the craft knife, cut out the pattern.
  3. Take an old paperback & remove the cover. I then pulled half my book off (it was too thick). Ideally, you'd like to have 150 – 300 pages. Place your template on the book and cut through several layers at a time until you've cut out the shape on the entire book.
  4. Separate the pages. Ink the pages with the Ranger Distress Ink Applicator with felt pad. 
  5. Using the Bind-it-All and following the instructions for use, punch holes in the pumpkin half for the 5/8 inch O-Wire. (Cut the O-Wire two to three links too long to create a “stem” for your pumpkin). 
  6. Assemble and fan out pages. Spray with Glimmer Mist for added color. 
  7. Cut leaves from cardstock in various sizes with Cricut Dooddlecharms Font. Decorate with Stickles, buttons, Glimmer Mist, ribbon, paper beads and Prima Flowers. Use 3/8 O-wire for vines. Punch holes in leaf stems and string onto 3/8 O-wire and bind.
  8. Spray tissue paper with Green and Brown Glimmer Mist. After dry, stuff into O-Wires for added dimension and color.
Your Paperback Pumpkin is complete and ready for display.


Scrappy Running Me said...

this is so cool! love love love the pumpkin!!

papertrails leaver said...

wow! this is amazing!

Jen @ By Jen ❤️ said...

I love this idea! So amazing!

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voodoo vixen said...

Now I just need to find an old book and I could have a pumpkin too! ;)

Anonymous said...

that turned out great. how cool

Carol said...

Love this pumpkin! Such a fun and crafty idea.