Do you have a hard time getting rid of books or throwing them away once damaged?
While I’d like to consider myself detached (40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS has helped a lot with that!), books hold a sentimental place in my heart. Many of the books I’ve bought were from garage sales, and many of them were books I enjoyed as a kid.
I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, my kids love it, and we’ve spent many a bedtime reading it. We have two copies, one of which was very tattered looking. As I flipped through the pages for one last time before tossing it, I realized that the colorful artwork would look great as artwork in our colorful kids’ room.
The dotted illustration only covers the bottom half of the page, so I would need to edit it a bit for the artwork to fill in my frame.
an old damaged book,
an X-ACTO knife, tape or glue stick, and
a picture frame
1. Hold page up to mat to get an idea of what will show.
2. Use an x-acto knife to cut page out of book and to size; you’ll have one big piece that fills most of the mat and a smaller piece.
3. Cut the smaller extra piece into two, cut around circles.
4. Place the pieces together, like a puzzle, to continue the design. Adhere with tape or glue.
The frames are IKEA RIBBA (only 2.99 – mats included!), which I spray painted Rustoleum’s Spring Green.
Also in the front and back of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, there’s a page (full pages – so no cutting) with colorful shapes and holes cut out, almost like the reverse of the dot pages. Reminds me of swiss cheese!
Before I added this artwork, the frames held pages from an old Little Golden Book. I love the artwork in children’s books and love repurposing them into artwork! The best part about this project?
It took less than five minutes from start to finish!
I’ll be sharing my craft today on