Monday, March 29, 2010

Trash-tastic Craft!

So I finished my project!  And my brother was here so I got to visit with him while I created!  When I got home from work this afternoon I had another yellow plastic bag on the doorstep...Another phone book.  I suppose phone books still serve a purpose but it is the 3rd one I have had waiting on my doorstep in 2 weeks.  So I cleaned out the phone book drawer (3 phone books, 2009, 2008 and 2006, I know de-clutter, but I hardly ever use them and they just pile up and I grab the one on top when I need it) to make room for the new ones.  I threw the old phone books in the trash can (awful right, it's called recycling).  I went back in the laundry room a while later to fold a load of clothes and I happened to glance over and see the old phone books and thought I can make something with those!
Cute little books to put on display, and once again the best part is that it cost me absolutely nothing!  Here is what I started with.
Yes this is the phone book for my town, teeny tiny, I know.  There is no way you can use these for a make shift booster seat.

Supplies.....
  • Wrapping Paper left over from Christmas
  • Adhesive Spray
  • Stinky Black Marker
  • Sharpie Poster Board Marker in Silver
  • Sanding Sponge
  • Ink Pad
First I used my stinky marker to color the edges of the phone book, I don't know about yours but some of the page edges were green and some where red.  Then I took the silver sharpie marker and randomly marked the edge, I then took the black marker and colored over the silver marker to dull down the silver.
I cut my wrapping paper large enough to wrap the phone book with some extra along each side.
 I used the spray adhesive to attach the paper to the book.  This is what it looked like after I glued.
 Next I wrapped the excess paper around the edge of cover, I didn't use any more glue because the paper was still tacky from the spray glue.  Here is what it looks like finished from the inside, I didn't worry about how pretty it looked when open because I really hope no one ever picks it up to read it and if they do hopefully they are astounded by my crafting skills that turned a phone book into a pretty decorative book!  Just make sure that you have a nice crisp seam on the corners!
The last thing I did was use a sanding sponge to rough up the edges and distress the paper, I was going for the worn look not the I just made my debut 30 mins ago look!
I think I could stand to add some sort of embellishment or title, but since I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do I will leave it alone for the time being.  I do believe this is a Trash-tastic Craft!!

3 comments:

Jessica said...

Ohhh I like these! What a great idea to do with left over phone books, do people even still use them? What a waste of paper! Way to re-use them!!!!

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

I like it! I get sooooo many phone books, too bad the are the huge ones.

auggiedoggysmom said...

once again, you rock girlfriend!

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