Phone Book Pumpkins

Every year I receive at least two or three phone books. Seriously, who uses those? They magically appear on my doorstep and ultimately wind up littered throughout the neighborhood.

Despite my griping, I decided to hang on to a few for a special, inspired project. This project inspiration came from my friend Shelbi….thank you!

You’ll need:

  • Phone books.
  • Sharp scissors.
  • Pencil.
  • Piece of cardboard or heavy paper.
  • Twigs.
  • Glue – any craft glue will do.

Here’s how ya do it:

1. Make a template of a pumpkin with cardboard or heavy paper.

2. Open the phone book to the center page.
3. Lay the template over the book pages and towards the bottom of the book and trace an outline around the template. Keep the center of the template on the binding edge of the phone book.
4. With a scissors cut a few pages at a time. I alternated cutting from pages on the left to the pages on the right of the book.
5. Continue step #4 until you’re finished cutting all the pages then unfurl the pumpkin and glue the cover pages together.
6. Glue a twig to the top center of the pumpkin and you’re done!


I think they turned out super cool and they were fun and easy to make. Thanks Yellow Pages!

Readers — you can opt out of receiving Yellow Pages Directories by visiting this site.

Happy crafting!


9 responses to “Phone Book Pumpkins

  1. Oh MK, you think of everything! These guys are cute.

  2. I am sooo not crafty, but even I might give these a go – what’s the betting that I’ll never receive another yellow pages again? Great idea, Mark!

  3. Mary Colette Trostle

    I can’t believe you revived this wonderful craft and improved upon it! I made countless christmas trees at brownies and girlscouts using readers digest (Dah?). The posibilities are endless. I am going to embillish mine in gold, silver or copper which seem to be the prefered color for pumpkins today. What a great BLAST FROM THE PAST. You never cease to amaze.

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  5. I made two of these yesterday and while they are cute, I cannot get them to stand for more than a few minutes!

    • Hello and thanks for giving this project a whirl! Try glueing a few of the pages on together. Or, cut a small circle out of cardboard and glue that to the bottom to create a base. Good luck!

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