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It’s a Book-a-riffic Spring Flowered Tree! March 25, 2013

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Book-a-riffic Flowers!

With spring upon us, I thought it was time to get at least one spring project in.  I found a great DIY at Design Improvised and, modifying it a bit, came up with something perfect for the library: spring flowers made from book pages!

As with all of the DIY’s we post, supplies are cheap, already around the house, or free, and this is your list for this project:

  1. Hot glue gun and with a glue stick!
  2. Branches – you can usually find these outside!
  3. A tatty old book!
  4. Scissors!
  5. Some sort of embellishment for the center of your flowers.
  6. That’s it!

And because I wanted to save time and space on this post, I did a photo collage with your step by step instructions.  Enjoy!

instruction photos

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Turning “Classless Classics” into Classic Wall Art. Let’s fold a book! March 18, 2013

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Book Folding; Four Easy Techniques

This week, we are folding books with our teens here at SDL. Instead of letting that old book that we have no use for sit on a shelf gathering dust, or *gasp* throwing it away, why not re-purpose it into cool wall art?  We have searched the web and found four simple book folding techniques that are quick and easy to do.

Technique 1

Technique 1

Fold left side in to the bottom and fold right side in to meet the left
Fold left side in to the bottom and fold right side in to meet the left
For the second page in set, starting on the opposite side of the page, repeat folds.

For the second page in set, starting on the opposite side of the page, repeat folds.

For the third page in this set of folded pages, fold each top corner in until they meet in the middle. Repeat steps until all pages are folded

For the third page in this set of folded pages, fold each top corner in until they meet in the middle. Repeat steps until all pages are folded

Technique 2

Technique 2

Technique 2

Fold page in half to the spine of the book and flatten.

Fold page in half to the spine of the book and flatten.

Fold the sides of the next page in to meet at the center.  Flatten creases.  Repeat steps until all pages of book are folded.

Fold the sides of the next page in to meet at the center. Flatten creases. Repeat steps until all pages of book are folded.

Technique 3

Technique 3

Technique 3

Fold page in half inside to the spine. Flatten crease.  Repeat until all pages are folded.

Fold page in half inside to the spine. Flatten crease. Repeat until all pages are folded.

Technique 4

Technique 4

Technique 4

Measure book length, then using a ruler and X-Acto knife, cut the pages in half from the spine outward

Measure book length, then using a ruler and X-Acto knife, cut the pages in half from the spine outward

This is how your cut pages should look.  You can also use scissors to cut the pages.

This is how your cut pages should look. You can also use scissors to cut the pages.

Fold page halves from the inner crease as shown.  Repeat until all pages are folded.

Fold page halves from the inner crease as shown. Repeat until all pages are folded.

Easy Peasy!  It only takes about a half hour to fold a thin hard cover book.  You will want a plate hanger to mount it on your wall, an easel to set it on, or you can simply open it on its side on a shelf!

 

 
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