Monday, October 4, 2010

Day 4 of Halloween Crafts: Paperback Monsters

I am so excited about the project I have to share with you for Day 4.  I think this may be my favorite of the projects for the whole month.  These creations were made out of old paperback books.

The first thing you need to do to make these is to get an old paperback book.  (I pulled a few out of some yardsale stuff I had and then we purchased a few at a thrift store for the ones I made for my mother)  The thicker and wider the book is, the more of a complete circle it will make, however they will stay together even if it doesn't go completely around once folded. 

You need to fold the covers of the book first and hot glue them together.  This will help it keep its shape while you are folding the book.  After the covers are glued together, you will start folding the pages inward and do this until your book is completely folded.  It takes a little while to fold the pages down, but this is something you can do while watching tv, etc. 

Once all of your pages are folded, you will have a circular shape.  Next, I used an ink pad to run along the sides of the pages to give the color to the book.  (Note that this roughs up your ink pad somewhat, so you will want to use an old pad or a cheap one if possible)  For these books, I used Martha Stewart inks in the following colors: madarin orange for the pumpkin, lilac for the monster, and stem green for Frankenstein. 

Now you are ready to decorate your books.  For the pumpkins, I used a green popsicle stick and then cut a leaf from Gypsy Font to hot glue to the stick.  I then hot glued the stick into the hole that will be left in the center of the book after it is folded.  Next, I used the Pumpkin Carvings cart to cut the faces and hot glued them to the front of the book as well. 

Next, for the Monster, I used the monster on page 30 of the Mini Monsters cart to get the horns, arms and mouth for this one and then added three large google eyes.  I hot glued all of these items to the book to complet it.

For Frankenstein, I layed a black sheet of cardstock underneath the book and traced around it.  I then cut a circle out about an inch larger than the one I traced and hand cut it jagged to make the hair.  I then hot glued this to the top of the book and pressed down the edges and glued them as well.  I then also hand cut the bolts from a pattern that I made.  I used the Happy Hauntings cart to make the mouth and cut the stitches out.  I inked the stitches with the Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I then hot glued all of these items and two google eyes to finish him off.

After I made these, my mom wanted me to make her some as well.  I went ahead and made her pumpkin just like mine, but I decided to see how these would turn out if you painted them.  They came out looking very vibrant with the paint, so it is up to you how you would want to color your books.  With the paint, it does take a good bit because the pages soak it up and also you will not be able to move the pages around like you can when they are inked.  I think the inked ones have a more rustic feel, so whatever your preference you could do them either way.

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Stacy said...

These are so so cute. I totally love that Frankenstein

Charlotte Cornett said...

So stinkin' cute!!! You are awesome!

Rhonda Emery said...

these are cute I know how time consuming they are I made christmas trees like this last year. I love them great project

Jean said...

Rhonda, I bet the trees were adorable. I am thinking about making a snowman or santa for Christmas. I actually folded a couple of extras and have them ready to go.

Beckie Williams said...

Just so super cute. I love this idea!! I love your Frankie....he turned out so cool. I agree with Jean these would make great snow people!

Tanya said...

♥ these! Super cute :)

DtsArt said...

Oh these are adorable! I forgive you for using Harry Potter books...LOL How was the Texas Chain Saw Massacre? What are we watching tonight?
Your posting every day is very inspiring. :-)

Jean said...

I had a hard back of the Harry Potter book, so I thought I could use the paperback one, lol. We are going to watch Night of the Living Dead tonight. We watched the newer Texas Chainsaw that had come out a few years ago last night and it was good.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super fabulous!

Celeste B. said...

What a cute idea! :)

beth kruse custom creations said...

these bring back a lot of memories! my mom had us make choir boys and girls for christmas like this. we just folded the paper a little differently!

Georgiana said...

Those are so cool! I have tons of old books that were given to me and I didn't know what to do with them unitl now!

Georgiana : )

Sandy Ang said...

Such a great idea !!

Lisa said...

I love the hands on the one with pink ears.