NOTE: You can also use colour comic book pages, even a copy of an essay or written project your children have completed.
There are so many creative ways to decorate a pumpkin that do not involve carving it and taking out the seeds. This craft is an art project and an activity.
Step 1. Being with tearing the pages from your book. Tear into 1/2” to 1” strips. It is best to find pages that do not have a lot of blank spaces so that you can get a uniform look of typography on the pumpkin.
Step 2. In sections, apply a layer of mod podge or paper mache glue onto your pumpkin and apply book page strips overlapping to avoid orange showing through. Glue all the way up the pumpkin but not onto the stem.
Step 3. As you are applying strips of paper smooth out the strips as you work making sure to avoid as many wrinkles as possible for a nice smooth finish. Run your finger down through the ridges of the pumpkin to make sure they are still defined.
Step 4. Apply plenty of glue to the bottom of the pumpkin and smooth down ends of strips for a nice finish. Apply a thin layer of mod podge over entire pumpkin and allow to dry completely. You could also use a spray shellac to ensure that the paper does not start to peel.
Step 5. Cut off excess paper around top of stem. Find a nice stick or twig that you like and cut or break to size.