Simple Rescued Book Page Beads

SAM_1973With the left overs from my last Rescued Book Birdhouse I made some tube beads, joined them together with some wooden recycled beads and a small charm to make a bracelet and earring set. And with my home made Paper Bead Roller Tool they were very quick to make.
For the beads:
Book pages
Glue (I used Pva) but you can use a glue stick.
Cocktail sticks for drying the beads on.
Wood varnish or clear nail varnish
A small piece of polystyrene or a cardboard box to dry the beads on.
A bead roller, if you have one, if not you can use the cocktail sticks, skewer or a thin knitting needle.

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Think of how many beads you could make from one book!

These are the little leftovers I had from the last book page tutorial, they measure 3 1/2″ long and 2 1/4″ wide.

SAM_1963To make the beads cut off the border on one side of the page this way the words will be the width of your bead with no blank areas showing. Cut this little page in half lengthwise. As shown in the picture below.

SAM_1966With a toothpick, skewer, thin knitting needle, bead roller or something like my tool. (which I will show you at the end of the tutorial) start to roll your bead tightly from the bottom of the page, where the blank area is.

SAM_1967When you come to about 1/2″ from the end of the paper place some glue to glue it down either using a glue stick or a thin layer of pva glue.

SAM_1968Remove your bead from whatever tool you have used to roll it on and make some more! Remember to check the little page before rolling to make sure that the outside of the bead will be covered with words, and no blank spaces.

SAM_1969To coat my beads I put them onto cocktail sticks and using a small paint brush I gave them a coat of a cheap quick dry wood varnish, if you don’t have any of this you can use ordinary clear nail varnish.
I then pushed the cocktail sticks into the polystyrene (this came in the box with my new computer!) and left them to dry.

Give the beads a little while to become touch dry and then slide them up and down so that the beads don’t stick to the cocktail stick.
When they are thoroughly dry give them another coat of varnish and repeat, moving them up and down the cocktail stick when touch dry.

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Do the sam,e if using a cardboard box, just push the cocktail sticks in so that the beads aren’t touching each other and leave to dry.

When they are completely dry they are ready for making into jewellery.

These little beads are not completely water proof, after all they are made from paper. But if you don’t wash up or have a bath or shower whilst wearing the paper bead jewellery they should last you quite a long time!

There a lots of basic jewellery making tutorials on the interent so I won’t go into depth here, but for my bracelet I used some silver spacer beads and some wooden beads from a broken necklace. They were threaded onto elastic cord for the bracelet. Such a quick and easy way to make a bracelet just thread the beads in the pattern you like using other beads in between and tie the two ends of the cord together when it is the right size to fit onto your wrist. Cut off any excess cord and hide the knot inside one of the beads.

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I hope you enjoy making these! Next you will learn how I made my own Paper Bead Roller Tool………….

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Rescued Book Page Set for Etsy take 2!!

I finished all of my little envelopes, made a topper for their bag, got to my studio and realised I had forgotten my camera!! So Etsy shop will have to wait, but……………. instead I made some more things to go with the envelopes to make a matching set. Now to organise packaging, pricing and what will go with what. (And take some decent photo’s!)

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Now there are book page photo mats, tags, seals/stickers, notecards as well as the envelopes. Today I am designing book page, personalised, wedding favour packets. And tomorrow I must remember the camera to take lots of photo’s for the shop!!

Folded Book Birdhouse 3

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I wanted to make some small birdhouses to hang on the wall, using the same pattern as the other birdhouses I made. This is what I came up with. So pretty, so quick and easy, and saving another book from the bin or incinerator.

What you need:

Paperback book (my book was 7” tall by approx 4 ½” wide) an average size paperback.
Cardboard; (I use boxes that come with cat food pouches, it is nice and strong)
Craft knife
Glue stick
Double sided sticky tape (1″ wide, not the thin one used for card making)
Ribbon or string to hang the birdhouse
Any decoration you want, lace, beads, ribbon etc.

How To:
Cut four pieces of cardboard 4 ½” x 3 ½”. You will be making four little birdhouses.

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Take the cover off the book.

SAM_1811For these little birdhouses you only need 51 pages. So if the number at the bottom of the page starts at 1 you need to find page number 102. Carefully tear this block of pages away from the rest of the book. Do the same again with another 51 pages. SAM_1812With the 51 pages find the centre and draw a line across. This will be your cutting line.
With your craft knife carefully cut the book in half along this line.
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Measure 2 ¼” from the spine and draw a line down the book.

SAM_1816Cut down this line all through the pages to give yourself a nice neat tiny little book. Do this with the other 3. You now have 4 tiny little books still connected to the spine. You will also be left with all of these lovely pieces of pages, all exactly the same size and ready for my next tutorial. I don’t waste anything if I can help it!

SAM_1817Turn your little books so that the spine is on your left and the blank border of the page is at the bottom. This is important; You want the blank border to be at the bottom of the birdhouses once they are folded.

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I got carried away making mine and forgot to do this next step. But for each little book take a strip of double sided sticky tape and fold over the length of the book, pressing down to make sure it sticks all the way down the spine. Do not take the backing of the tape off yet.

I found that because these books were so small, when you began folding, the pages started to come away from the spine, the double sided tape should stop this from happening.

SAM_1824Fold all four little books using my instructions for Birdhouse 1. But fold right to the spine.

SAM_1821The last page should be folded like the first, so when you have finished folding the little book you have a square at the back.

SAM_1822Unfold the first and last page and glue the folds back down again.

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Do this with all four little houses.

SAM_1826You could make all four into individual little wall hangings. (I just used one as I wanted to make a long wall hanging with the other three. I will show you how at the end of this tutorial).
Take off the backing on the double sided tape that you placed down the spine of the book and attach a piece of ribbon or string, this will be the hanger.

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Cover the back of the house with glue or glue stick and press down onto one of the pieces of cardboard. Press down all the way to the spine of the book, on either side, to make sure it is properly secured.

SAM_1831Cut away the excess cardboard, being careful not to cut your hanger. Finished!

SAM_1832These look sweet on their own, but I love to decorate!

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I tied a bow of matching ribbon around the top. Also a piece of ribbon around the bottom attaching it to the back, with a piece of double sided sticky tape, onto the cardboard. I threaded some beads onto some cotton along with a charm and attached them to the back also. To finish I had some little silver fabric butterflies that I glued on.

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With the other 3 little birdhouses I made a long wall hanging.

How to:

Back the houses, as we did the first one, with the cardboard, remembering to take the backing off the double sided tape first.

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Place a piece of double sided tape down the length of the centre of each house. Remove the backing.

Lay a piece of ribbon down and place your houses evenly along the length of the ribbon. (I used a 1” wide ribbon to keep the hanging stable) I spaced the little houses approx 2” apart. Leaving a nice long piece of ribbon at the top for hanging.

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I had a keyring that I used for the top:

Or you could cut the top from the opening of a plastic milk bottle, making a little ring to wrap the ribbon around. (More recycling!)

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Press down on each house once you have them placed evenly along the ribbon, making sure that the double sided tape is sticking to the ribbon.

Now you can decorate each little house. I wrapped ribbon and lace around the bottom of each house and secured it at the back with double sided tape. (It is a bit awkward with the houses being attached to the long ribbon, but I found sticking the ends of the decorations over the top made it more secure).

Then I just pushed a little flower into the folds on the roof of each house, and tiny silver flowers on the ribbon at the top of each house were attached using a glue stick.

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SAM_1841Using some of the pieces of pages that were cut off at the beginning, I used my glue stick to cover the backs of each birdhouse to finish them off. Or you could glue a pretty piece of cardstock or wrapping paper to the back of each one. This will also help to make everything secure and tidy and ready for hanging.

SAM_1842The rest of these pieces will be used in my next tutorial!

Good luck and please comment or send pictures if you used my tutorial to rescue a book!

Save a BOOK!

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I have been hooked on these little birdhouses lately. I have so many paperback books that I have read, and no-one else wants.  (Kindle has alot to do with that! Technology puuuuuf) So I find I am creating lots of these, for presents etc. just to stop them from landing up in the bin! I can’t throw away a book, I don’t know why, but I can’t.

At least this way the pages are still there, you can still see some of the written word and it isn’t being shredded or going mouldy in the bottom of a bin somewhere. I love books, but if I kept every one that I read I would have to buy another house, and my house is using up every penny I have as it is!!!!!

So if I can recycle my books, instead of throwing them away like I didn’t care, I will try and think of alsorts of ways to rescue them. Even if it isn’t in their original form I feel as though I am giving them another life!!!!!! I hope you feel the same and will try my craft tutorials where nothing from a book is wasted.  Here is my paper folding birdhouse part 1 and the birdhouse part 2.