I am a movie lover. I am also a book lover. So when the two combine I get extremely excited. When there’s spinoffs of concepts, such as this weekend’s release of The Huntsman: Winter’s War, it brings out the geek in me and I want to bring out some of my favorite bookish crafts. Having been in libraries awhile and having a deep love of books even more, I have a gigantic pinterest file and bookmark file filled with bookish crafts. Especially with the numerous movies coming out this year based on books, there are lots of opportunities to pull these crafts out for release parties in the next few months. Just a few include:
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children coming September 30
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming November 18
- Alice Through the Looking Glass coming May 27
- A Monster Calls coming October 14
- The BFG and Legend of Tarzan coming July 1
- Jason Bourne coming July 29
- Suicide Squad coming August 5
On Karen’s Crafts YouTube channel, she has a brilliant tutorial on how to do book necklaces that turn out really pretty:
They’re really easy to do, and tweens and teens can knock out a bunch at a time. Depending on the artistic level of your kids, they can even make them look like their favorite books.
Over on Instructables, Sadi789 has shared instructions on how to create a washer based book page necklace that really went over well with my guys. They washers that are shown have a larger interior circumference than ours had (smaller area that the book pages show), but they still end up being a really awesome bookish craft that doesn’t skew too girly.
Over on Julzreads, she put together book charms with cut outs from discarded books and sealing them on cheap charms with diamond glaze. Mixing creations like these in with a variety of beads can create a really beautiful charm bracelet to wear and declare your favorite fandom.
One of my favorite things to do with discarded and withdrawn books that even the book sale can’t use is found or blackout poetry. It’s one of the easiest things to do and is perfect for a self-directed activity. All that is needed is torn-out pages of discarded books, pencils, and markers. Teens look at pages, and pull out words to make poems. They use the pencils to mark their designs, and then use the markers to color out (or in) the emphasis they want. They can be created with any pages but I’ve found that my teens were partial to juvenile or teen books, rather than adult books.
What bookish crafts are you in love with?