by Sofie Couch
Bibliophile - a lover of books. That's me. Yeh, I have a tendency to mutilate, shred, and mulch books, but just the ones that have led full happy lives. And this month is no exception.
This month, I went to my pictorial friend, Pinterest. Don't ya just love Pinterest? What!? You've never heard of Pinterest? Get thee over to Pinterest and sign-up, then follow me. Sofie Couch. It's a whole great big community of visual/spatial people all pinning wonderful pictures of things that inspire them. (You might recognize a couple of the book crafts that I've featured on the C&C blog this year.) You can "pin" pictures of things that make your heart sing too, then other like-minded visual/spatial folks can follow you. Okay, that's me getting off my Pinterest soap box. Back to the craft at hand, Bloomin' Books.
I spent an hour of my life making this wonderful hydrangea head. (They call it a book ball on Pinterest, but I think it looks just like a dried hydrangea flower.) And here's how you can create the same book ball/ hydrangea flower head:
First, cut out these cute little medallion circle thingies. They kinda look like a "seal of approval" made out of the pages of a book. You're gonna want to invest in this little gizmo that cuts out those circles, found at your local craft store. (I got mine on sale for 40% off.) If you're not into fancy frilly edges, you can just stick to some little circles cut to a uniform size, but be forewarned, you're gonna need a LOT of those little circles.
Next, with a pencil, place the eraser in the center of a paper circle, then push the circle up around the pencil. Break out your hot glue gun for this next bit. Glue the eraser flattened bit of the circle to a styrofoam ball.
Rinse and repeat.
About a bazillion hours later...
Then a googolplex hours later...
Voila! A book ball is born. I thought, (back when I was young and naive - a googolplex hours ago), that these would make great ornaments for the Christmas tree this year. Then on second thought, my time might be better spent writing another book. :)