Small World Land. Corinne had made them for a dolls house for her daughter and jewellery for her mother. I first thought of pendants for necklaces but I wasn't sure if people would wear them? But then I saw some other posts on bead and ribbon bookmarks and I was inspired!
The best bit about this project is that if you already have a craft stash of bits and bobs, it really doesn't cost much at all. My basic materials were:
- Images from Google (printed on normal office paper)
- Scraps of card
- Scrap office paper
- Scrap patterned / scrapbook paper
- PVA/water mix (home-made Mod Podge!)
- Hot glue gun
- Enamel varnish
- Bits or ribbon, cord etc.
- Jump rings, head pins and ribbon clampy things (jewellery findings?)
I started by asking friends for their favourite books on Facebook (this came up with some brilliant responses by the way - my friends are very well read!!!). I picked a few at random and found images from Google. Literally I typed "To Kill A Mockingbird" (etc) book cover into Google Images.
|Geek Love - Katherine Dunn|
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle|
The BFG - Roald Dahl Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
I experimented with different types of card for the actual covers and glued the front and back pieces on - ensuring I left a couple of millimetres for a spine.On Small Work Land, Corinne uses chipboard inside the covers but I decided to go for paper pages. I also wanted some of the books to have a used/ well read feel so I "dyed" the scrap office paper with some well brewed tea and left it to dry. I then chopped some stacks of pages from this to fit each book.
The hook coming out of the books is made from head pins used in beading just because I had loads of these. You could easily use small pieces of wire. I hot glued these into the spine of each book, and then used the PVA/water mix to glue the pages in. To help with the drying process I was able to borrow (and now have kept as my own) Matt's (Sian's husband) clamp. I haven't listed this above as obviously anything else could be used e.g. a pile of books, tins, your fingers etc!!
When dry, I sprayed them with several coats of enamel varnish. I went for a matt finish but they could be glossed also.
Whilst waiting for them to dry, I gathered my ribbons, cord and beads and experimented. I am not a jewellery maker and I was teaching myself how to attach them all together - I think I did an OK job but it definitely got better with practice!! I then assembled the books to their ribbons or cords.
And here they are:
Some of the lucky people who responded with their favourite books will be getting these as special presents. And I think I'm going to keep making more as they are really fun and can be personalised to anyone!
|To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee|
26th April 2013: Update - this post was featured here at Crafts a la mode
8th May 2013: Update - this post was featured here at Kid's Crafts Magazine