Upcycled Crafts: How to Make a 3D Apple out of a Book

May 17, 2013 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Happy Friday all!  If you follow our craft blog on a regular basis, you’ll note the title has changed this week from Recycled Crafts to Upcycled Crafts. This is partly because we feel that our crafts go beyond recycling an item, which is taking one object and making it into another. Instead, we feel upcycling is a better term because for our crafts, we use only books that are damaged and would end up in the landfill if we didn’t use them for crafts. So if you do cringe at our book art, just think about it this way: We give damaged books a higher purpose.

Another reason that we changed the title to this series is to reflect the name of our monthly craft night, called Upcycle This. It’s the first Thursday of every month at 6pm. It’s free and we have all the supplies here!

And now for the 3D Apple.


Damaged book



Colored marker

Step 1:

Begin by taking the damaged book’s cover off. Don’t take the glue off of the spine, because that’s what holds the apple together.

Step 2:

Next, trace half of an apple on the first page and use the scissors to cut it out. continue tracing from that first page onto subsequent pages. We recommend only cutting a few pages at a time.

3D Apple 1

Step 3:

After you’re done cutting, take the red marker and color the edges of the pages. Then, glue the first page and the last page together and arrange the pages to where they’re fleshed out. If you want, you can add a twig and a leaf like Ruth did.

3Dbook apple


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