Repurposed Paperback Apple Sculpture Art

paperback book art
This project started one afternoon when I saw the paper apple sculpture on Cheeky Magpie so I called over my coworker and said, we can try this!

Using our 15 minute break and loosely following the directions at Cheeky Magpie, we split a paperback book in half, each taking one piece. Since we would be removing the paperback’s cover, we used it to make our template. Because we were using scissors (no utility knives at work), I traced the template on the page then picked up and cut several pages at a time, repeating the process until I had an apple. It made for some rough edges that I trimmed up, but I was okay with the unevenness, too. Using markers, not paint, we decorated the edge of our pages. We fetched some twigs from the landscaping and glued those in, then used a binder clips to help pull the pages around the backside to make it 3D.

Then, I left it in my inbox for a few days. But it is big and takes up a little too much room so I had to bring it home. In the car ride home, my stem broke off and not being a fan of knick-knacks, I decided I needed to do something more with this sculpture. I bought a $2 canvas (Big Lots rocks for cheap canvas), painted it red and glued on the paperback apple sculpture and hung it on the wall near my kitchen.

Liking simple designs, I did not add anything else to the canvas, but you certainly could dress it up with paper punched from a paperback book with the edges slightly painted. Or if you are skilled at painting words freehand, you could position the sculpture in a different spot and add a word like BIG above the apple (get it?! *cymbol crash*)

Inexpensive art that you could make yourself in any design you can imagine!

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4 Comment

  1. Laura
    February 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    You are my hero. It’s official.

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  2. Lisa
    February 4, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    LOVE IT! Thank you for a great inspiration to get ubercrafty with all these paperback books the book swap place won’t take.

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  3. Shannanb aka Mommy Bits
    August 14, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I love this. This would be a great project to do with the boys, perhaps with one of their favorite books – after they’ve outgrown it.
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  4. Debba
    August 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Wow – you could take all the old library books and make a fortune off the art! (0:

    Love the craft – inspires me to look at things differently. Thanks for sharing! Debba /

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