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How to Make a Book Page Apple

Today I’m going to show you how to make a book page apple.  It’s a super easy and inexpensive project!  And, this project is the perfect project to get your kids excited for back to school!  This could also be used as a back to school gift for a teacher or as an end of the year teacher’s gift!  Let’s get started!

Book Page Apple - a Back-to-School Craft for Kids


How to make a book page apple – Step 1

Paperback book for book page apple


You need an old paperback book.  Choose the small, novel type book.  I prefer a book that has some yellowing of the pages.  If you don’t have any old paperbacks, stop by your local thrift shop for one.  I got mine for 35 cents.  On a side note, we made these this past weekend with a group and the ladies were reminiscing about when they read “Sweet Valley High” books when they were young!

Step 2

Paperback book for book page apple

Remove the  front and back covers.

Step 3

Using the cover, draw a template for your apple as shown and cut it out.

Step 4

Draw apple shape on book pages
Find the approximate center of your book and open it up so it lays flat.  Use the template you cut out and trace around it on the right side as shown.

Step 5

Cut apple shapes from paperback book
Using an Exacto knife, carefully cut on the apple outline.  You will want to press firmly.  If your knife is leaving a ragged edge and catching on the paper, you need a new blade.

Step 6

Cut apple shapes from book


Once you have cut around the outline, remove the remainder of book page – leaving only the apple shape as shown.


Step 7

Cut apple shape from the book

Continue this process until you have cut through all pages on the right side.  Remember to protect your work surface.  I used an inexpensive cutting mat that I purchased at Walmart.  The mat came in a set of 3 and were near the cutting boards.  These mats come in handy for crafting.  Now repeat the process on the left hand side.  When finished with all cutting, this is what you will have.

Step 8

Gluing the spline of the book page apple

Run a bead of hot glue down the spline and fold together to secure.

Step 9

Painting the edges of the book page apple

Keep your book pages together and use watercolor paints to paint the edges red.  Be liberal with the water so the paint soaks into the edges.

Step 10

Book Page Apple - a Back-to-School Craft for Kids
Once your edges are painted.  Fan out your pages as shown.  Use a bit of hot glue to attach a twig stem.  I cut out a leaf from one of the book pages and attached it with hot glue as well.
That’s it!  Like I shared before, we made these book page apples with a group of ladies from my church.  There were some in their 20’s and some in their 80’s and everyone’s book page apple turned out beautifully!  So, give it a try!
Book Page Apple - a Back-to-School Craft for Kids
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Friday 30th of July 2021

I’m going to make this for my high school English Department! One question, you say to start on the middle of the book and cut only on the right. What about the first half of the book? Thanks!

Doreen Cagno

Thursday 5th of August 2021

You do all the pages! So sorry for the confusion!

Christiane Lavoie

Saturday 12th of September 2020

This is really original. I will try that . Thanks for sharing.

Judi Johnson

Saturday 15th of August 2020

I have tried for two days to save this to Pinterest so I can make it later. But nothing I do will save it. Know why????

Doreen Cagno

Thursday 20th of August 2020

Judi, You should be able to pin the main images - the first and last in the post. The individual steps are not pinnable.

Kirsten Wheelock

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Could this be made larger? Like 9" high and if so how many pages would you estimate to need, I'm thinking a centerpiece for a literary event.

Doreen Cagno

Friday 24th of January 2020

You would need to use a book that size and the book would need to be thick with a lot of pages to make this work.

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