It's Officially FALL CRAWL Day 1!!!

Hello artsy friends stopping in today, how was your weekend?
It's been a fun and lovely weekend on this end as we got to celebrate LIFE!
80 years of a beautiful woman I call Nanny Norma!! So much fun and love 
in the air, I can't wait to share some fun and creative DIY centerpieces & 
artsy party creations I made for her day!! Stay tuned!!

I am beyond excited to indulge and share in this full on series of fall inspirational
crafts, recipes and so much more bloomed by the season.. Each day, myself and 
all the ladies involved in the crawl will share a DIY tutorial on a fall inspired
item we created. We will also note where we are along the line and what's
featured at the blogger of the day's creative space per a sneak peak picture.

This will be a great way for you to follow us along as we share our fall inspiration 
each day via our blog posts..All you have to do is head on over, enjoy our daily fall 
inspired item and certainly show some love in a comment or two :))
If it makes you's inspiration, grasp it...

I'm going to share a list of all the bloggers below my post and where you can find
each one per their respective blogs. Please check back for updates on where to 
find us as we crawl and blog hop all around and usher in the fall!! I'm first
along the hop, so here we go.. Yiippppeee.. 

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My fall inspirational item is one of my favorites I've made in a while. It's 
simple, budget friendly and a very creative fun craft to share with the family. I saw a
photo on pinterest awhile ago and decided it was a MUST have around the house
for this fall.. Kick back and lets create some word filled paper pumpkins..

Artsy Items Needed
An old tattered book (we seem to have more and more
now that Lil Sia has joined the family! She LOVES to
tear rather than read. Finding a book was EASY...)
Drift Wood
Glue gun
Spray Paint
(Krylon- Pumpkin Orange)
Scrap paper
(to use as template for drawing)
Gold string optional

Lets Whip Up A Pumpkin
Draw out a pumpkin shape out of a piece of scrap paper. 
I sketched out one & folded my paper in half after cutting out 
the shape allowing it to become symmetrical.

Remove the outer cover of the book you choose to use and place on 
the pumpkin cutout pattern  with the fold along the binding edge.
(If it's not as fitting as you desire, simply trim it a bit)

Trace out your pattern with a pencil onto the book.

You should now be ready to cut out your pumpkin. Use an exacto knife 
if you have one, a pair of scissors worked for me but it was a bit tough to 
get through and I remembered my knife too late into it to back out. I got 
through a good lump of pages at a time easily. (You can cut out batches 
of pumpkin templates, so don't pull your hair out trying to cut out 
ONE batch from the book in one seating. Take your time, cut out 
batches and glue them all together afterwards.)

After carefully cutting all the way around, remove the excess 
pages over to the binding, it should tear off fairly easily.
Trace out more and cut out as many pages as you can,
the morpages, the fuller your pumpkin. 

Once all your pages are cut out, place a thin strip of glue on the 
binding sides and glue them all together in a circular shape 
(each binding side inwards). When you stand your
pumpkin up, it'll look similar to this at that point.

It's now time for FUN & FLUFF!! Go around your pumpkin and fluff out
all the pages. It might take sometime (I popped on a movie and fluffed
away..) & fluffed...& fluffed...Oh yea & fluffed some more!! Whew!
After all that fluffing, your pumpkin should look like this!!
(If you have spaces, fluff more or cut out some 
more from your book for fillers)

Now it's time for COLOR!!! I went to home depot and picked up
a can of orange Krylon spray paint. The cool thing I realized later was,
in a hurry to get OUT the store before I went shop craze, I didn't 
even notice the paint was called "Pumpkin Orange".. How sweet! 
Spray your pumpkin lightly all around in coats until you have the
perfect shading to your liking, I wanted a more orange look to mine
as I planned on sitting it on a piece of light wood  in the kitchen.

After spray painting, allow to dry for a a few hours. I fluffed out the 
pages some more as a few stuck together due to the paint. To add a final
look of fall to my pumpkin, I inserted a piece of driftwood from the yard 
to the middle. I used some glue to insert the wood into the middle of
my pumpkin. This part is a bit tricky so take your time as to not rip
your pages as you try to insert the wood. VOILA!! 

I wrapped a piece of gold string I found in my craft draw for a touch
of added color & jazz around the part of my wood that meets the pages.
(I've seen a lot more with ribbons, but I loved the simplicity of the
string much more, use a ribbon and decide which looks best for you)

ALL DONE!!! I made a few to share with my neighbors with a cute note
attached saying "Ushering in the fall" .. They thought it was absolutely 
darling.. What do you think..? I love how easy this tutorial is and how
fantastic it will be to involve your little helpers. They'll love it!!
Thanks so much for stopping in today. Please visit the lovely
blogger's below per this timeline to follow our FALL CRAWL as we
hop around each day sharing our fall festivities with you.

Tomorrow we head on over to see
the Lovely Kellie from A Glimpse Of My Life
A Glimpse of My Life 

Fall Crawl Schedule
Sept 19th - Mariyn -
Sept 20th - Kellie -
Sept 21st - Letty -
Sept 22nd - Lorie -
Sept 23rd - Abby -  

Abby's will also include our 1st blog hop Linky Party
Sept 24th Tracy -
Sept 25th - Kimba -
Sept 26th - Jacqueline -
Sept 27th - Jillian -

Sept 28th - Kim&Lars
Sept 29th - DEIA

Sept 30th - Meli -
October 1st - Renee -
Renee's will be our Second blog hop /Linky Party
October 2nd - Giveaway & thanks to all that joined us in on the crawl!

Grab a button & spread the word.. Hope you can tune in and fall into fall with all
of us as we usher in the season with our lovely crafts, recipes and so much more..

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  1. I love, love, love this! I can't wait to make my own! Thanks for organizing the fall crawl! Lorie@Reading Confetti

  2. Marilyn
    I just love it! I will be making one for the house you have the greatest ideas. I am Anoymous but I know you know who I am
    A. guess who!

  3. That is such a lovely craft and easy enough for children to do as well.

  4. Love this! I love to do crafty stuff...but I'm not super creative so I love being able to borrow from more crafty people! Can't wait to try this!

  5. This is so clever! Im an autumn baby and its my favourite month! Starts in UK on 23rd :) Following you now to keep up with all this loveliness

  6. What a great idea! Thanks for the follow, I am already a gfc follower of yours, glad you are following me too! Karima :)

  7. Thanks for stopping by Bright Bird! I am following you now! This is such a cute idea! Gonna put it on my crafty do list.

  8. Hi Marilyn, So happy you invited me over, I LOVE your book page pumpkin! Love, love, love! Following back and can't wait to get to know each other!!

  9. This thing is so awesome! I love it!

  10. Thanks so much ladies.. : ))

  11. Thank you so much Marilyn for sharing this artsy craft project with us. I am your newest follower, I hope we could follow each other, and I look forward to more great projects coming our way.

    Lisa x

  12. Great craft, I love it! would make a nice fall centerpiece even.

    I'm already a follower but am now following you on Twitter as well and stopping by from the Monkey Hop :)

  13. This is such a cute idea! i love it! i think i need to make some too. thanks for sharing.

  14. Supercool idea! Definitely will try this with pumpkins and ghosts. Might be fun to do multicolor hot air balloons for kids' rooms or parties. Thanks for the easy how-to!
    I found you through Reading Confetti...cheers!

  15. Thanks so much ladies, your comments made me smile..:)) You all Rock for stopping in.. @Moonsword, that's a great idea, I'm totally going to try multicolor hot air balloons :)) yipppee thank u..

  16. I LOVE this tutorial! I am tempted to run out for some spray paint tomorrow and make some of these for my Fall table. Too cute and super clever!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment and the follow. I'm following you back! :)

    Kim@Little Rays of Sunshine

  17. This is fantastic!! I think we are going to have to do this one! Looks like something the kiddos could help with too. Thank you so much for stopping my place. :) I am happily following you back.

  18. Wow, such a great idea. I need to by stock in Krlyon.
    I have been totally obsessive over spray paint.
    Can't wait to try this, and "fluff". During the new show on tv
    This week!

  19. Love this! Your very creative! Thank you for finding my blog!

  20. WOW! This is so cute! If you get a chance, I'd love to have you link up! ( Thanks again for sharing!

  21. These are absolutely adorable! One of my favorite all projects that I've seen!

  22. Ah! A fun pumpkin indeed :-)

    Thank you for stopping by over at Red Ted Art! Lovely to "meet".


  23. this is fantastic..I love the idea and it's perfect for halloween! great job. I'm a new follower!


  24. So, so cute! I've been wanting to make a book pumpkin, but I hadn't thought of spray painting it. Love! Lisa~

  25. Love this! Thanks for linking up to Things I've Done Thursday!!


  26. Love how this turned out! So cute and simple!!

  27. What a super unique pumpkin! I love it!!

  28. So Great!
    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursdays.


  29. Love love love it. So cute! I am going to have to try this.

    Visiting from

  30. What a fun idea! I'm going to try this so I pinned you! :)

  31. How cute! I want one! Thanks for stopping by and following! I'm following you right back!
    Have a great day!

  32. Those are very cute! Thanks for the visit and follow. I'm following back!

  33. I featured this on my blog today! Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button!

  34. I featured this on my blog today as well, love this idea!


  35. Congrats on your features, Marilyn! Lorie @ Reading Confetti

  36. I've seen a lot of book page crafts recently, and a lot of pumpkin crafts. I think this is my favorite of any of them that I've seen.:)

  37. I love this! As an English teacher, I love crafts that use books or pages from books!

  38. This is so amazing! I love the look of this. You are so creative! I am off to check out your cute blog!

  39. This is really cute! I've been wondering how to make the pages stick together more uniformly. Thanks for sharing!

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  40. That pumpkin is so cute! I have to make one! Thanks for the instructions.

  41. Love this! Thanks for sharing how to make it!

  42. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments.. YOu guys are amazing.. Totally love that you guys loved my pumpkin.. Hope you get to recreate it sometime.. Thank you SO very MUCH!!!



  43. I LOVE this! Now I am getting addicted to your blog! So many fun posts :)
    Lots of love, Melanie

  44. I love book page projects! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Stache Party! Happy Halloween!


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