I won’t bore you with the how-to on this one — it’s a simple rip, rip, rip, glue, glue, glue. But I do have some things I’ve learned in my attempt that may help you turn your own crappy pumpkin into better-than-crapsmanship.
- It helped to keep the torn book pieces fairly small — no bigger than 2″ x 2″. But please don’t measure — that’s against the bylaws of the Crapsmanship Club!
- Plan to get sticky. My hands were a mess with ModPodge. Have a couple wet paper towels handy for an occasional quick clean-up.
- My hands were a mess because I had to press the the wet-with-glue paper onto the pumpkin to get it to conform to the shape of the pumpkin. You want to make sure the seams of the pumpkins show.
- I wish I had ripped off the page margins beforehand. I prefer more text on my pumpkin and less white space.
- I used a very diluted brown watercolor to “age” the pumpkin. I’m not sure I like it.
This project was easy, and I like the pumpkin sitting amid books on my living room shelves. You may want to consider other things to ModPodge onto a cheap pumpkin (I have a friend who used map pages to good effect) such as wrapping paper, catalogs, or old letters. Have fun!