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
Wow, those teeny tiny books are just amazing! Thanks for sharing such a great idea :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! I really enjoyed doing them!! xxDelete
These are beautiful, some of my very favorites here too, the Very Hungry Caterpillar is adorable.ReplyDelete
Thank you Corinne! That one is my favourite!! xxDelete
Thank you! xxDelete
These are lovely! Would make a lovely little pressie for a book lover. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
A great tutorial :)
Over from the Sew Crafty link up.
I shall definitely be checking out more of your blog :), now following :)
Thanks Kate! My thoughts exactly! Welcome! xxxDelete
Love books, love bookmarks, love your miniature book bookmarks. Nuff said. :)ReplyDelete
Thank Di! Love the feedback! Nuff said!! xxDelete
Oh my goodness! Those are SO SO cute! I'd love for you to come link up to our party where we can show off all of our old or new projects! :)ReplyDelete
a href="http://www.cutesycrafts.com/2013/03/an-oldie-but-goodie-10.html - Jessica
Thanks Jessica! We'll definitely pop by! xxDelete
I love this so much I'm such a book nerd I hope you'll be adding this to my what we wore, read, and make link party today :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Marissa - I am a proper book nerd too. No kindles here!! Would love to link up to your party! xxDelete
OMG! that's sooooooo awesome! i am sooo making some of these for friends!ReplyDelete
Wow, i am so impressed! Your newest follower here!!!!
Thanks Mandy! Welcome! xxxDelete
Cute! Pinned for Later!ReplyDelete
Thanks Monica! xxDelete
AMAZING! I love these :-D Pinning to my Things to Make and Do board now, and for sure will be trying these, thanks for posting!ReplyDelete
Sew Lah Tea Dough
Thanks Hannah! I had the original post saved for months before getting down to do them!! xxDelete
super cute! i love to read, and therefore love anything with books on them.ReplyDelete
Thank you!!! xxDelete
Love this idea! Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thanks Katie, no worries! xxDelete
These teensy books are adorable! Great gift idea for readers...will definitely be trying!ReplyDelete
Laura @ dinner-4-eight.com
Thanks Laura, let us know if you do try them. Would love to see them xxDelete
Darling. I'd love to have you share this also at What to do Weekends Party. Lovely craft for a weekend! Following... LindaReplyDelete
Thanks Linda, have done so! Thanks for the invite xxDelete
Oh, I love this so much!! Very Clever...and a unique gift idea!ReplyDelete
Thanks Marcia! xxxDelete
I featured these and PINNED them also. thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. LindaReplyDelete
Thanks for the feature Linda! There were some great posts on there!! We shall definitely be popping by every week! xxDelete
What a great idea! I love the way you put this together. Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I'm sure my followers would like to see what you created too. Hope to see you soon!ReplyDelete
Thanks Melissa! I seem to have missed this so hopefully we can likn up this week instead! xxDelete
these are so cute, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thanks Wendy! You're welcome xxDelete
I love to read and I also have so many friends who read. these are such a wonderful idea for a gift. Now if I can have the skill you have to actually make one.ReplyDelete
Loves these as a book lover I can't wait to try and master your skill and create some for my fellow book lovers.ReplyDelete
Thanks Debi! I hope you make lots, I'm sure you can do it!! xxDelete