Recycled Book Apple Decor

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Create a darling apple decor using an old book to give to your teacher or decorate for back to school.

What is better than an apple for the teacher? Why adorable apple decor made as a book craft from a recycled read of course. This darling project is one that creates a masterpiece to give as a gift or use for back to school decor around the house (or in the classroom)!

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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BUT FIRST – MORE Teacher Gift Ideas

There are so many great handmade things that you can make for teachers. Check them ALL out.

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Supplies and Materials Needed

Gather up all of the following supplies to prepare to make this fabulous book craft apple decor!

  • Paperback Book, One – Dollar Store or Upcycled
  • Red Acrylic Paint
  • Assorted Green Ribbon Scraps
  • Twig – From the Yard
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Craft Knife
  • Self-Healing Mat
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters or Branch Cutter
  • Binder Clip

Instructions To Make Recycled Book Apple

Before officially getting started, gather and organize your supplies. This is always a good idea when crafting to make a specific project. Being prepared makes it more fun.


Remove the front and back covers of paperback book. 

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Download and print the DOLLAR STORE BOOK APPLE PATTERN or draw your own shape on the inside of the book covers with a pencil or marker.


Cut out the book Apple patterns with scissors. 

Open book flat at the halfway point, trace the apple pattern on the right half of the open book with a pencil or marker. Repeat by tracing the apple pattern on the right half of the open book.

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Using a new, sharp blade on a craft knife, carefully cut through the pages a few at a time. 

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Insert self-healing mat under the book and continue cutting pages until half of the pages are completely cut out. 

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Repeat on the other side of the book.  


Flip cut out book apple on your work surface and attach the exposed spine together with a line of hot glue from a glue gun.  

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Fluff out the apple by crinkling and crumpling each page individually. Bend and score the spine of the book as you fluff out the apple shape.  

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Fold book apple in half and hold between your fingers and thumb. Dry brush red craft paint around the edges of the book pages.  Carefully separate any pages that might stick together, then set aside to dry.

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Gather a stick from the yard and cut it to size with wire cutters or branch cutters. Attach to the top center of the book apple with a glue gun and glue sticks.

Tie assorted green ribbon scraps around the stem of the book apple to finish.

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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This project can be changed up. Simply create different colors of apples and even different sizes. Pair the apple with a gift card to create the perfect gift for that favorite teacher!

I love teaming up with Team Creative Crafts to share LOADS of ideas. Here are tons of adorable ones!

Me and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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Beth of Creatively Beth is sharing an Upcycle Wine Cork Apple that would make the cutest back-to-school gift for that special teacher.

Create a sweet gift for your new teacher with a fun set of Back-to-School Themed Bracelets that you can make in about an hour. Lindsay of Artsy Fartsy Mama shows you how.

Greet your new teachers with a Free Printable Pencil Card created by Liz from Liz on Call. Tuck a gift card inside!

Heather from Homemade Heather is creating sweet treats for Back-to-School with yummy Sugar Cookies and free printable gift tags.

Create colorful Paint Pour Notebooks with this fantastic step-by-step tutorial created by Blanca of Creativities Galore.

Candice of She’s Crafty Crafty is showing her team spirit with a colorful set of Back-to-School Felt Flags. A great way to learn your ABC’s and 123’s.

Learn how to make Back-to-School Stickers with your Cricut cutting machine. Michelle of Michelle’s Party Plan-it is sharing a complete tutorial.

Jane from DIY by Jane is sharing a set of Upcrafted Book Journals. Take the covers from your favorite books and create the cutest notebooks.

Make those first day photos the cutest with Back-to-School SVG Cut Files that can be made into shirts. Diana from The Girl Creative is sharing the free files.


Sharing is Caring! Too busy to make this right away?! Pin it for later!  Pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

Book Craft Apple Themed Decor for Teacher Gift for Classroom or HomeMe and My Inklings Recycled Book Apple Decor
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I would really love to hear what you think about this repurposed book idea! If you try it out, I would sure like to see it! Share on InstagramFacebook, or leave a comment/photo on the project pin on Pinterest! #LauraKellyDesigns

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3 thoughts on “Recycled Book Apple Decor”

  1. Laura, what a great fall project! I would have never thought to use a craft knife. I would be fighting with the scroll or band saw. So much less intense with a craft knife! gotta try this! pinned.

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