Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Project Holiday...Cereal box books

After several failed attempts at making these cereal box books for my harry potter theme, I finally found a working formula...here is what you will need.

  • cereal boxes or cake mix boxes ( anything will do)
  • scissors
  • tape
  • hot glue or Elmer's glue
  • tissue paper or construction
  • white paper towels
  • sharpie
  • toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls

  1. Cut your cereal boxes along one side. You should then be able to open up the box and lay it flat.
    Make sure you just cut along the seam...you want all the edges!
  2. Now reassemble the box with the plan cardboard facing out. Tape the edges back together.
    Tape tape!
  3. Cut the toilet paper roll or paper towel roll in half lengthwise. Attach( with hot glue or Elmer's ) this to one side of your box - this is the spine of the book.
    Tape the cut roll on one side.
  4. Tape (or glue) white paper towels on the other 3 sides of the box- these are the pages.
  5. Take the tissue paper and wrap around the book leaving a small edge. Glue these down. You can also tear up bits of paper and glue down to create a mosaic look.
  6. Draw lines on the paper towels - the pages
  7. Title your book - on the spine
  8. Viola cheap decorations!
You can use these books for book report projects or as decoration for you classroom or library. Cheap and easy.
I also decided that I would add some whimsy to my bookcases this fall. I wanted the shelves to look like the bookstore in Harry Potter, so here is the result. Artful mess!

 Happy Decorating!

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