Thursday, November 29, 2012

New life for an old book

Oh, it is nearly Christmas again and that means Christmas projects!  Linda and I always spent our evenings after school and weekends making ornaments and doing projects related to Christmas.  I still think the best projects happen in December and the time leading up to Christmas.

One of my fond memories is making an angel in the garage out of my dad's old Popular Mechanics magazines.  After all, what good were they? They were just filled with not so pretty pictures and had lots and lots of writing.  He had stacks of them in the garage so Linda and I just helped ourselves to his magazines and started folding.

When we brought out the beautiful angel Daddy did ask what magazines we used and he did have a strange look on his face when we told but I never heard any complaint!

I guess, we were really cute back then!  I wonder if I could get away with that today?

This week I requested magazines from our school librarian for my art classes. She supplied me the magazines as requested and threw in some old books as well.   As soon as they fell into my hands the old folding memories resurfaced.  I had kids folding pages in minutes.  As I folded I let the book tell me what it wanted to be.  This book wanted to be an angel but we had many various Christmas trees using the same concept.  

The How-to:

(I started with an old book with yellowed pages and thicker paper with 200 pages.)

The Folded Page:

  • Each individual page has three folds: 
    • 1st: Top right corner to inside seam.   
    • 2nd fold: Folded edge of page to inside seam. 
    • 3rd.  Turn up triangle that hangs off the bottom.   
  • Next page: same as above until all pages are folded.

Sleeves and Wings:

  • Pull out pages where you think the arms should be.
  • Unfold page leaving only the first fold.
  •  Tuck tip of page into one of the pages in front of it to create a curved sleeve.several pages in front of it.
  • The hard cover and the fly page folded in serve as wings.

Head...Still re-purposing!

  • Wad up a plastic grocery bag into a ball  and place into another bag making it as round and smooth as you can.  
  • Cut a large circle out of an old white tee-shirt and cover the plastic ball with it stretching it tightly.
  • Hold fabric with a rubber band.  
  • Tape around rubber band and a little of the bag below the rubber band.   
  • Insert taped end into the gap made by the book binding.   

Scarf....oh, so easy and so cute!  

  • Sandwich a 6-8" square of that old tee-shirt fabric between two pieces of paper.  
  • Draw a circle about 4-6" or improvise and wing it and just cut the circle cutting through both papers and fabric. 
  •  Continue cutting in a spiral folding the edge of the circle about 1/2"-3/4" away from previously cut edge until you come to the middle.  Cut a tiny circle out of the middle and discard.  
  • Take an end in each hand and stretch fabric.  
  • It will twist and spiral downward.  
  • Wrap around neck letting spirals of scarf cascade downward.  Hot glue in place. 

Spray Glitter:  NOT re-purposing but oh, so nice!

I purchased spray glitter in the craft section of Walmart.  I used silver Glitter Blast.
Spray the entire angel including head and scarf.

Add halo using a length of wired ribbon about 6-8" long depending on head size.

I'm having so much fun!  
Can't wait until tomorrow so I can do more fun stuff!

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  1. I've seen this in person and it is absolutely beautiful! What a great decoration!

    1. Thank you, Linda. This week has been so relaxing to me because I have been in the "Christmas decoration" mode. It is a fun time of the year. I just need to retire!

  2. wow beautiful an angel collector of the Netherrlands I am...

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