Christmas Book

Christine Webber

In essence, a handmade book covered in beautiful seasonal paper. This book provides a lovely place to record Christmas memories, lists, and recipes. It can be large or small, depending on your needs.

Materials and Equipment:

  • a large garbage bag or several sheets of newspaper
  • craft glue
  • glue spreader or foam brush (choose a larger size if making a larger book)
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  • a lid from a used plastic container (such as a yogurt container)
  • ribbon
  • a blank canvas-covered book (available at craft or art supply centers)
  • several pieces of decorative paper (slightly larger than the cover of your book)
  • a piece of corrugated cardboard (slightly larger than the cover of your book)
  • a beautiful Christmas card or embellished placard (smaller than the size of your book)
  • a ruler or straight edge
  • scissors or Xacto knife cutting tool
  • a thick piece of cardboard or plywood as a cutting surface

Instructions:

  1. Before you start, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting glue on the table.
  2. Place all your supplies on the table in front of you. The first step in this project is to decorate the cover of the book. Before cutting your papers, layer them over the cover to get a sense of which papers you want to use in your cover design. I like to place corrugated cardboard on the cover first to provide a backdrop with three-dimensional visual interest. Next, I layer one or two other lighter pieces of patterned paper over the cardboard. Then I add an embellished placard from a craft store or a pretty Christmas card I received last year and couldn't bear to throw away. (Refer to photo.)
  3. Once you have decided on your design, cut the paper and cardboard (if you are using it) to the sizes you need.
  4. Pour a small puddle of glue onto the plastic container lid.
  5. Spread a thin layer of glue on the back of the piece of paper that will be undermost in your design. Press the paper firmly over the cover of the book, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go. Allow this layer to dry completely.
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  7. Repeat step five for each piece of paper you have incorporated into your design.
  8. Glue or stick on the embellishment of your choice. Allow to dry.
  9. Repeat your paper design on the back of the book or simply glue on a sheet of paper that matches one that you used on the front. Allow to dry. You can also opt to leave the back uncovered.
  10. Tie a festive ribbon around the book and start scribbling that holiday gift list!

November 30, 20050 found this helpful

CUTE!!! I really love these cool craft ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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December 5, 20050 found this helpful

a few yrs ago i found a set of ibm instruction notebooks books that each fit in a thick cardboard sleeve (to i guess help them stay standing)

& bought all 5 for .25c --

i painted each one a different color representitive of a season --white ended up being used for weddings/baby/misc.)

i removed the pages of instructions & kept in the pages that were meant for NOTES & proceeded to assemble each one into an idea/small supplies/notions book --something along the line of the KLUTZ books

there were some plastic sleeves included & to hold my notions i punched holes in the top of zip lock bags to fit over the notebook rings--into which i placed my little collections of ribbon/little patters/embellishments & added recipie size ideas from magazines that i liked -- & also 3x5" pics of decorating ideas...whether it be a table arrangement or window treatment --whatever fit the 3x5 -- even if it meant several 3x5's for one magazine decorating page -- i got what i wanted & best of all i can add to it as i wish to & if later i run out of room i can store the 3x5's in a recipie box --

face it - there is a lot of waste in a magazine - if you sit with one & pull out all the ads & from there - reduce whats left by tracing around a 3x5 & cutting out only what appeals to you -- there really is not alot - especially $3.50 -$5.75 worth !

i always got mine 2nd hand from my mom & she often got them at rummage sales

--only occassionally i would splurge & buy a new one -

but given the fact that after you take out all the pages of ads you have a small pile of worth :)

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