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Make It :: Crafts & Decor Using Old Book Pages

If you’re a librarian, you might want to turn away. Kidding (well … sort of).

If you have old books lying around (maybe in the garage or in storage) chances are you have some books that are too worn or damaged to read or pass on to others. Even though these books might not serve their original purpose any longer, there are ways you can re-purpose them into new things that are totally awesome. I love the texture and color of old book pages and recently used them as inspiration and key element when planning a book-themed baby shower. Also, can we talk about their smell? Mmmmm love it (is that weird?). 

 

4 ways to re-purpose old book pages 

Book Page Crafts | Thoughtfully Simple

1. As a backdrop

Attach old/damaged books to a piece of plywood to make a cool 3D book wall or backdrop. Here, I simply used a staple gun to secure damaged paper back books to the wood.

2. Book Pages as “wallpaper”

You can cover any type of surface using old book pages and a little Mod Podge glue (find this at your local craft store). Above I covered a cardboard letter that I then used as party décor. You could cover boxes or walls too – the options are endless!

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Make :: Simple Pineapple Centerpiece

pineapple centerpieceThis pineapple centerpiece makes me all-sorts-of-happy. On the heels of sharing my DIY 4th of July centerpiece idea, I bring you this simple summer centerpiece idea using a pineapple as a vase.

DIY pineapple centerpieceEverything for this project can be found on your next quick trip to the market. Pick up a pineapple in the produce section and grab your favorite bright bouquet from the floral department.

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DIY Fourth of July Centerpiece

4th of july party ideasThe 4th of July is almost here and if you’re looking for DIY party ideas, you’ll love this simple red, white, and blue centerpiece!

Fourth of July FlowersI’m a little obsessed with always having fresh flowers around and having fresh blooms for special occasions is a non-negotiable in my book. So when I learned about Blooms By The Box and their wholesale flower delivery I was really eager to try out their services. They promised fresh flowers at affordable prices and boy did they deliver! Their DIY 4th of July Backyard Party Pack arrived and was gorgeous!

My box arrived meticulously packaged (and cool!) full of  White Cushion Mums, Red Fancy Carnations, and the most stunning Dark Blue Delphiniums. I decided to put together a couple centerpieces — one for a little party decor and the other to give as a hostess gift.

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Maker Crush & National Day of Making

Maker Crush Great.ly

 

This week I’ve spent some time learning about new Makers on Great.ly as I’ve been curating my shop with handmade items for the home, entertaining, and gifting. Great.ly makes it easy to find Makers who’s style compliments mine and I’ve been filling up my shop with great finds like the ones above.

Stone Vessels :: These polka dot vessels are hand made  on a wheel from natural stoneware and then painted. They’d make lovely bowls, mini planters or catch-alls. Maker :: Takeawei Studio

Numbered Edition Napkins :: Made with organic hemp/cotton fabric and screen printed with water-based ink, these napkins double as placecards. Maker :: Heather Lins

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Make It :: Simple Beer Gift for Him

DIY Guy Gift

 

Ever try to come up with something thoughtful to gift to that guys-guy you know? I’m talking thinking of something small to give to a friend, your neighbor, or brother. I feel like small thoughtful gifts for women are easy: wine, flowers, a candle and you’re good. Guys? A bit tougher.

Inspired by keeping things simple (and that fact that most guys really don’t care all that much about fuss), I decided to just wrap up a bottle of beer — in a brown lunch sac. No big deal and still thoughtful.

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Make It :: Fun in a Jar

Gifts in a Jar

 

The end of the school year is fast approaching and it’s during this time that I like to think about a few thoughtful things I can do for my girls to help them get excited about summer. Every year, I like to have a small gift for them to kick-off the first official day of summer – and this year, I’ve created “jars of fun.”

Although we are constantly doing fun things during the summertime, my kids still seem to find time and ways to “be bored.” That’s where these little jars of goodies come in. To help keep boredom at bay this summer I’ve filled these jars with a variety of fun items to keep them busy in between scheduled activities and trips. They’ll find everything from small toys to an animal stamp set, bookmarks, mini slinky’s and bouncy balls. Because all the items fit into a jar, it’s also an ideal gift for travel.

For older children you can place in gift cards to the movies or an ice cream shop, crossword puzzle books, or even a new pair of shades for the summer.

What would you put in your “jar of fun?”

For more ideas, see this canister of fun idea.

This post was created in collaboration with SC Johnson. See the original post here.

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