Happy Friday all! If you follow our craft blog on a regular basis, you’ll note the title has changed this week from Recycled Crafts to Upcycled Crafts. This is partly because we feel that our crafts go beyond recycling an item, which is taking one object and making it into another. Instead, we feel upcycling is a better term because for our crafts, we use only books that are damaged and would end up in the landfill if we didn’t use them for crafts. So if you do cringe at our book art, just think about it this way: We give damaged books a higher purpose.
Another reason that we changed the title to this series is to reflect the name of our monthly craft night, called Upcycle This. It’s the first Thursday of every month at 6pm. It’s free and we have all the supplies here!
And now for the 3D Apple.
Begin by taking the damaged book’s cover off. Don’t take the glue off of the spine, because that’s what holds the apple together.
Next, trace half of an apple on the first page and use the scissors to cut it out. continue tracing from that first page onto subsequent pages. We recommend only cutting a few pages at a time.
After you’re done cutting, take the red marker and color the edges of the pages. Then, glue the first page and the last page together and arrange the pages to where they’re fleshed out. If you want, you can add a twig and a leaf like Ruth did.
Today is Mother’s Day; a day filled with brunches, flowers and phone calls..and most importantly family traditions. The family Bible has long been a tradition in American culture. Records of birth, weddings, funerals and heartfelt events, it is an heirloom passed down from generation to generation. This week we received such an heirloom…an 1892 Pronouncing Parallel Holy Bible, which includes the Old Testament, New Testamen, full color plates. It is much more than just a Bible this book contains “authorized and revised versions of the Old and New Testaments, arranged in parallel columns, giving the correct pronunciation of every scripture proper name contained in the Bible, by Prof. S. F. Williams, Complete Concordance: Marginal references, chronological tables, A history of ancient Biblical manuscripts, with facsimiles of the same, The earliest printed editions of the Bible, A history of the revision of the Bible, etc.” Marked “John Gately & Co., 171 Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois”. What makes this a potential treasure is that the personal pages have not been written on! A few of the first pages are loose from the binding. You can expect some minor tears and darkening of the pages.
Hello everyone! Ever wanted to make your own bee from pipe cleaners but just didn’t know how? We’ve got you covered with today’s tutorial. As with the past couple of week’s blog posts, these bees were also featured at Maker Faire this past Sunday. We had a great time, got to meet so many great people, and can’t wait to do it again next year!
On to the bees…
Yellow pipe cleaner
Take the yellow pipe cleaner and twist it into a hook shape. This will be the bee’s body.
Now make a smaller loop for the bee’s head, creating a figure eight. Be sure to wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around the middle of the figure eight to keep it from coming apart.
Take the Sharpie and carefully draw little lines across the bee’s body and one line on the top of his nose.
Take the transparency paper and cut out wing shapes, then hot glue them to the back of the bee. All done!
Get it?! We hope you do. Today is Star Wars Day and we are celebrating by finally posting about a book we received by donation awhile back. This book is not just any book, and whether or not you are a fan of Star Wars, you will appreciate just how cool it is that someone donated it so that one day its sale could support the Austin Public Library.
If you’ve never heard of Star Wars Day, check out the official website which includes coverage of Star Wars Day celebrations worldwide.
The book in question is The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, published in 2007 by dreams & visions press. Only 2000 copies were printed, and this special slipcased edition was limited to 250 individually signed and numbered copies. This copy is 151. (Further, it includes a special bookplate to 600 copies signed by the authors with appreciation for customers who pre-ordered the book.)
Because McQuarrie played such a vital role in making the Star Wars story into a reality, the book is considered a collectible for any major Star Wars Fan. But it also includes much more of McQuarrie’s work which has, in the words of George Lucas upon McQuarrie’s passing in March of last year, “inspired at least two generations of younger artists.”
Coincidentally, last month, the Austin Public Library announced the library’s 2013 READ poster featuring Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars! Stop by the store to see our display through the weekend, and May the Fourth Be With You!
Follow the jump to see more pictures.
(As with any books you find on our blog, contact us during business hours (512-323-5123) or stop in the store to find out more!)
Happy Friday everyone! Maker Faire is almost here, it will be this Sunday May 5 at Palmer Event Center from 10am to 6pm. We are excited to be a part of it, and so we’re giving you another sneak peek at what we’ll have on display there! Today’s post highlights our latest efforts in making jewelry out of aluminum cans.
Here’s an example of two barettes that we made using scrapbook punches and hot glue.
These are bracelets using the same scrapbook punches. To connect the flowers together, we nailed holes in them and put in jump rings between each flower.
It’s fun to hunt for brightly colored soda cans to use, but be sure not to overindulge on sugary drinks in your creative efforts! We mostly used sparkling water and juice cans.
Hope to see you this Sunday at Maker Faire!
We have a lot of corrugated plastic signs lying around the store right now. Luckily, we have been able to use them in a number of ways already—from table protectors for painting our chalkboard magnets last week, to material for displays for outreach events. Thanks to the creative people of the internet, we’re able to bring you our spin on another great idea: Corrugated plastic bulletin boards!
- Corrugated plastic sign (If you’re not in Austin (and therefore unable to attend our corrugated plastic sign craft workshop May 2*), Aunt Peaches points out that you can usually find these just after an election)
- Paper for mosaic–I used a damaged picture book, for example
- Mod Podge
- Hooks (optional–we received them by donation a while ago and have been waiting for the right project!)
First, consider how you want your final product to look. Do you want it to hold photos? Jewelry? Things you find in old books? The corrugated plastic makes a great base for a bulletin board. It easily holds pictures with straight pins, or with thick rubber bands or elastic ribbon pulled around the board you could wedge reminders and appointment dates. Use whatever kinds of materials you have available to make it your own!
Here, I tore pictures from a damaged kids’ book with illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats. After laying out some of the pages I liked to make sure they covered the piece of plastic, I glued them down with liquid glue. I was a little messy, and my pages got wrinkled because of it. Use a brush to evenly apply your glue and while it is still wet, smooth out the pages with your library card. (Just be sure to clean it afterward!)
After the glue dried, I added a layer of Mod Podge to seal up the mosaic.
*Like I said, we have a lot of plastic signs to upcycle, so we’re inviting you to come make a bulletin board with us as part of our First Thursday Craft Workshop in May.
First Thursday Craft Workshop
May 2: upcycled bulletin boards
6:00-8:00pm at the store
This Friday, we’re getting ready for the Earth Day Festival this Saturday, April 20th at Mueller. In honor of that, I wanted to feature some of the prize magnets we’ll be giving away there, as well as some of the magnets we will be featuring at Maker Faire in May.
We took old magnets, stripped off the printed paper, and collaged art from books and other upcycled items. Our guiding theme was reuse, so all of the materials used in the decoration of the magnets were taken from soda bottles, old transparencies, nature, or damaged books. Here are some examples: