Easy Fall Pumpkin Home Decor DIY

2 Materials
$3
10 Minutes
Easy
This one is so easy, you'll be thinking, "Now, why didn't I think of that?"

I frequently gather old books at our library when they have their sales for non-circulating and damaged books, usually paying a quarter for each one. I love to use pages from books in different ways in my mixed-media art, and for whatever else strikes my fancy, so I always have a few in my stash.

While contemplating fun ways to display my little pumpkins around the house, I decided to fill a dish (ironstone, of course!) with some shredded paper to form a little "nest" for the pumpkin. It's a fun way to recycle, and it's waaay more interesting than regular old colored shredded paper from a bag! So, I grabbed a couple of my old books with slightly different tints of discolored, old, white paper pages, and I headed to the shredder. I ran the pages through so that the cuts would run parallel with the print. I thought it might be fun if you could still read the little words on the strips...
Shredded pages from discarded books...
I found some old books and shredded the pages, with the cuts running parallel to the lines of printed words.
Scrunching...
Once I had enough for my little pumpkin nest, I grabbed hands full of shred and scrunched it to make it fluffy.
Then, I simply added the shred to the pretty ironstone bowl and nestled the little pumpkin on top.
It's a lot of fun to look through the bits to find interesting words.
Now, it sits on the coffee table atop a stack of seasonal magazines, just waiting for the next person who sits down to enjoy a cup of coffee. I just know that they will not be able to resist playing in the shred to see what words they will discover hiding underneath the little pumpkin!

Suggested materials:

  • Pumpkin   (Produce Stand)
  • Old Book   (Library)

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