Monday, April 14, 2014

Recycled 'scrap' book

I don't know about you but when it comes to my girls they are always writing; stories, notes, maps, poems, class get the idea. They love notepads and small books to write in. After receiving a lot of packaging paper in my Amazon delivery this week the environmentalist in me couldn't just throw it out so I folded it and came up with this. 

I loved this project because it was totally free and 100% recycled, what more could you ask for with Earth day approaching. 

You will need:

2 sides of an old cereal or cracker box
Plain scrap paper/packaging paper
Ribbon (from an old gift if you can) 
Fabric (We used an old skirt of the girls)
Hole punch

Step 1

So the scrap paper I used was from a long sheet of packing paper. We folded the scrap paper in half and trimmed it to the size we wanted. We repeated this a number of times to create enough pages for the book.

Step 2

Next we applied glue to the cracker box sides and glued on fabric, be sure to cut the fabric a little larger than the size of cardboard that you are covering. Cut a diagonal across the corners so that you can glue and fold over the overlap.

Step 3

Once the glue is dry make two hole punches through one of the pieces of fabric covered card. Now use this to make the point for the hole punches in the scrap paper and the other piece of fabric covered card which will become the back of the book.

Step 4

Place all the pieces together, back, paper sheets and front side. Thread the ribbon through from back to front. Tie in a bow. 

At this point if you want you could decorate the front of your book further with scrap book supplies, or better still recycled materials otherwise headed for land fill.

We are now on guard for the next Amazon delivery of packing paper.

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