Make an apple out of book paper

I recently saw this paper apple in Scrap Books etc. Magazine and I HAD to make one! It’s just too cute. I love the combination of old book paper and the layered look together giving it dimension.

I used the same old Jane Austen book that I used to make the spooky mirror. This is a fun paper craft that anyone could make, because you don’t need a bunch of tools. Although you do need a sewing machine (that’s a big one).

In honor of FALL, this little paper apple post is my way of hanging on to this gorgeous season that we’ve had.

Because I love a good photo How-To tutorial, here we go:

step 1 – Tear out about 4 pages from an old book.
step 2 – The older the book the better.
step 3 – Fold one page of book paper in half and cut out a half of a small apple shape and then layer that shape back onto the page and repeat cutting a bigger size each time.
step 4 – Continue on with the layers 4 -5 times.
step 5 – For each layer, just fold over the folded edge with all the layers cutting a bigger size each layer.
step 6 – Try not to cut your thumb as you hold scissors in one hand and a camera in the other. ;)
step 7 – Gather up a bunch of paper scraps in apple colors: bright red and green apple.
step 8. Fold in half a fun red paper and repeat cutting a bigger layer.
step 9 – Add as many layers as you’d like, I did about four layers in red.
step 10 – for a nice touch, ink the edges with a small brown ink pad.
step 11 – Sew together the book pages and the red papers separately both with zigzag stitch.
step 12 – Glue both the layers together and add in some apple seeds, a brown stem and a leaf.

Side note: Learn from my mistake: pay attention to the words on the inside layer, or you might end up with words like: blood, despair and SAVE YOURSELF!

Whoa! not quite the words I was hoping for. (LOL)

step 13 – Make a second one with more appropriate words on the top layer.

Ahhh…much better. ;)

step 14 – Put your little decoration in a shadow box for all to see!

That’s it. Isn’t it cute?! This is a fun one to make.

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  1. 1

    Okay, so cute it's tempting to try one over here!

  2. 2

    That is so cute (even with all the blood and despair)!

  3. 3
    Kristina P. says:

    I will never make that, because mine would look like a giant dodge ball, but it sure is adorable!

  4. 4
    Mandy Coffey says:

    TOO TOO TOO CUTE! thank you for sharing! I'll be featuring this post on my blog 11/23

  5. 5
    Marie {Make and Takes} says:

    I LOVE this. It's so dainty and cute. I want to eat it!!

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    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    That is so, so funny about the words that ended up in the middle! :)

    I've never seen anything like this little book….it's darling!

  7. 7

    I love this! I'll have to start checking thrift stores for really old books.

  8. 8
    Angie - The Arthur Clan says:

    This is absolutely adorable!

  9. 9

    oh holy cuteness

    -vanessa from

  10. 10
    Naomi Chokr says:

    cute!!! really really cute!!!

  11. 11
    Naomi Chokr says:

    cute!!! really really cute!!!

  12. 12
    Julie @ CalleLillyCafe says:

    super cute! love this! I want to make this for Xmas gifts for teachers! thx for sharing!

  13. 13
    CandaceAshley says:

    I love this idea! This is very creative and a great way to recycle old books or I bet newspaper or old papers with typing would work too. Such a fun idea.

  14. 14
    Heather - says:

    So cute! I linked at the Dollar Store Crafts facebook page:

  15. 15

    Love this idea! Would love to do it with my Girl Scouts…but without having to sew. Anyone have an idea for a different method to attach the layers?

    • 16
      Rhea Kraszewski says:

      Stack up all the layers, place them on either a piece of scrap wood or an old bread board and using a small nail tap the nail until it pierces all the layers of paper, then you could use heavy button thread and a large hand sewing needle and hand sew them together. Might even look cuter hand sewn!

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    hellesbelles86 says:

    This is absolutely adorable and I laughed out loud when I saw your note to pay attention to the words on the page because as I was finishing a wreath today with rosettes made from dictionary pages I realized that my 'give thanks' wreath would be graced with not only the purposeful "thanksgiving" definition, but also "venereal" …. Oops!

  17. 18
    The Mother Huddle says:

    Oh so cute! And I love the alternate words, too funny! You crack me up. :)

  18. 19
    Mod Podge Amy says:

    This is so cute!! I recently made some leaves from book pages and the words were so funny. They didn't fit like these do!

  19. 20

    i cant stand how cute this is! I love it!!!!

  20. 21 says:

    Hi Kami, this is my first time on your blog, and I just love that apple! It would be so great if you would join a very nice group of international crafters at my weekly linking party, Craft Schooling Sunday. Always full of really inspiring projects! Hope to see you there and feel free to share a few of your best ideas, so we can get to know you!

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    The Craft-Arty Kid says:

    Aw thats cute, great tutorial :)

  22. 23
    maedchenmitherz says:

    aw, fabulous!
    i am sooooo going to make this <3


  23. 24

    So pretty! I love the idea of stitching paper! Thank you for sharing!

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    I heart digi scrapping says:

    What an adorable Teacher Gift too! AS a former teacher I would of loved this (ok, still do so I will have to make one for myself)Super Thanks for sharing! New follower from Tipjunkie. Come by and visit me sometime. at

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    Rosana Garcia Hess says:

    Lovely Project…I'll be featuring this post on my blog, ok? I hope you don´t mind.
    Hugs from Brazil

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    the cape on the corner says:

    amazing! how talented! lol about making another one with more appropriate words.

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    Kristen @ says:

    oh that is adorable!! Please come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings

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    Meags Keogh says:

    Brilliant – I think I might use the idea to make some colourful, easy ball balls for the Christmas tree.

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    Purple Froggie Clay Stuff says:

    Great tutorial, I can't wait to find some old books and try it!

    I'm a new follower with GFC.
    Stop by sometime, I have a few Giveaways going right now.

    Cindy @

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  30. 31

    This is so fantastic!!
    I would love it if you linked to my Party!!!


  31. 32
    jodi@Pleasant-Home says:

    Loving this!ooooh and the possibilities are endless. I'm thinking Christmas stuff. Love it! Thanks for the tute.

  32. 33

    That is so cute! I am thinking these would make cute teacher gifts. Maybe make a Christmas ornament. I came over from Life as Lori.
    Thanks for sharing!


  33. 34
    Sassy Sites! says:

    This is an adorable idea! I'm your newest follower, I found you at Tip Junkie! You can find me at Sassy Sites- xoxo!!

  34. 35

    I'll have to try this. Love the idea that it's from a book.

  35. 36

    Your apple is so cute. I love that you caught the words on the page – that was cool!

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    Kristi Flanagan says:

    Love this! Come plant your creative seeds at my linking party on Fridays: Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions.


    Punkin Seed Productions

  37. 38
    FineArtPainting says:

    beautiful and tutorial is so light and easy, making us believe that anyone can do this…

    ok. you're invited: come link it up with us: and you may find some great other ideas there also.

    looking forward to showing off your work to our readers.

  38. 39

    That apple is adorable!! :)

  39. 40

    This is truly cute, I love the textures the book pages make. And the darkness, blood, and despair are a nice too, too!

    Cute blog! I'll back for more inspiration. I love how clean and well-edited the blog and blog design are!

  40. 41

    This will make the perfect teacher ornament

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    Handy Man, Crafty Woman says:

    wow, what a cute project! I love it!!! I might have to try this!

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    Amanda Dale says:

    adorable! You could do so many different things with that technique! thanks for sharing!

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    apumpkinandaprincess says:

    What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Garden Lily says:

    Cute! I wonder why you'd sew through the two stacks and then glue together, rather than sew through the whole stack? Is it too much to sew through that many layers?

  45. 46

    This is SO gorgeous – I love it! And I just had to laugh at your words on the top layer – I learnt that the hard one once spending ages on a really special wedding card – and sat back to admire it only to notice the word "DIVORCE" staring right at me!!LOL. So I had to remake it!!;)

  46. 47

    That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!

  47. 48

    Soooooo cute!

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    Living Creatively says:

    Love it!!! Too cute… and those words, oh MY! That cracked me up!!

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    FrenchCountry says:

    Very ingenious! Thanks for sharing!

  50. 51

    Very Cute! You should give the first one to a Twilight Fan-It seems appropriate for only that-lol

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    Proverbs 31 Wife says:

    Absolutely adorable!

  52. 53

    I made mine slightly different.I used 2 pieces of felt for the back of the apple and made it a ornament for my child's teacher.Thank you for the inspiration.

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    themangospanker says:

    don't feel bad about blood, dispair and save yourself. my friend has a wall hanging from hobby lobby with a flower panted over a book page background, the book page is from a spiderman novel. the words spidey and dr. octopus are clear and obvious.

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    C.R.A.F.T. says:

    This is SO cute :) Please come on over and link up to MMM!!

  55. 56

    This is super cute! I’m going to make these with my kiddos to give to their teachers for Teacher Appreciation week! :) Thank you for the inspiration! :)


  56. 57

    GOsh that’s cute! Thank for sharing this.

  57. 58

    This is SO precious. What a gorgeous gift it’d make!

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