My kids use and love their books. They love them so much that they “take notes” and enhance the illustrations.
I buy 99% of our children’s books at the thrift store or get them for free from chick fil a kids meals so I don’t really mind. However, there comes a time when the books are done.
Pages have gone missing or the kids have lost interest in the book.
These well used books are perfect for kids decoupage crafts.
Being a lifelong book lover and English major, when it comes to throwing books in the garbage–I.just.can’t. I love books so much that as a college student I worked in 3 different Barnes and Nobles locations in two cities for the discount as much as for the environment. I loved being surrounded by books and working in a store with a Starbucks already in it.
I now cut out the good illustrations from old books and use them for crafts. Sometimes we make collages. Sometimes we make gifts. There are so many crafts using book pages out there!
I start all my tin can paper projects the same way that I did in this succulent planter project.
After washing and drying the cans, I modge podge plain copy paper around each can.
The kids glue cut outs onto the scrapbook paper and use stickers.
Then we modge podge the decorated sheet around the can.
Allow it to dry for at least an hour.
Put a second coat of modge podge over the decorated sheet and allow to dry for at least an hour.
I then do a first coat of Minwax Glossy Polycrylic over the entire paper. (This is optional but really finishes the piece.)
Allow to dry over night.
Do a second coat of polycrylic and allow to dry.
This kids decoupage project turned out really well. Pea placed the picture and the stickers, and brushed the modgepodge onto the scrapbook paper. I placed the scrapbook paper onto the can for her. I also did the gloss finish.
I couldn’t resist making one too. My kids got a stack of free paperbacks from the county at Preschool Graduation. I have two sets :/ ! I think it would make a cute teacher gift! (I really hope none of the teachers at my kid’s school find out I blog–they would always know what to expect lol.)
I asked my Facebook fans what they thought about teacher gifts at the beginning of the school year. My family members called it “sucking up” 🙂 but my other fans thought it was a nice gesture. Tell me what you think in the comments? Yay or nay?
I think the pencil cup and a small gift card is a nice gesture and practical. Then again, I wouldn’t mind keeping them either!
This was the gift we gave to my son’s teacher at the end of last year.