Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Apple Ornament for Teachers- Made from a Book!

Apple Ornament made from a book

Apple Ornament made from a book

Doing a goggle image search for an idea for a teacher's Christmas gift I ran across this neat idea from texascottage.blogspot.com. I thought it would be a neat idea for a teacher's gift, I mean what says Teacher more than books and apples!!!

Here's  how I did mine:
First you find a book that you don't mine cutting up. Then remove the front cover and draw & cut out a half of apple shape on to the removed cover.
Apple Ornament made from a book

Use this cut piece as a template to cut the half apple from the book. You need to make sure you place the edge on the spine of the book and not cut this edge.
Apple Ornament made from a book

Use an exacto knife to cut down as far as you can into the book, cutting around the cover as a template.
Apple Ornament made from a book

Continue to flip the cut pages over and cut until you make it all the way through the book.
Apple Ornament made from a book

When done use a scissor to even out the pages and make sure to fold the front page to the back page together make sure that the pieces match, if they don't just trim until they do.
Apple Ornament made from a book

When done it will look like this:
Apple Ornament made from a book

Now is a good time to put the front page and back page together, fan out the pages and see if you need want less pages- really just your preference to how full you want your apple to be.

Next I took red acrylic paint and added water to dilute it. The water will make the color lighter and also let the color bleed into the apple. Now hold the book with all the pages together paint the edges.

Apple Ornament made from a book

After painting you need to dry the pages with a blow dryer so they don't stick together. If you let the pages fan out while drying them it makes the pages spread out nice and evenly- I think it is the heat loosening the glue on the spine of the book.
Apple Ornament made from a book



Next glue a piece of stick into the spine of the book. I used fabric glue because I have found it holds really well and it doesn't make the pages wrinkle. Then glue the front and back pages together and hold them closed with paper clips or binder clips. Only glue the front and back pages together but paper clip more than those 2 pages so that the book drys with the pages spread out.

Apple Ornament made from a book

I let mine dry overnight and voila! A finished book apple! I sprayed mine with clear spray varnish to make the pages a little stiffer.
After making this apple I decided that it would be cuter and more practical to make the apple smaller and into an ornament. So I went back and did all these steps but smaller (I actually fit two onto one book)  and then tied a piece of fishing line onto the "stem" so that this could be a Christmas ornament.

Apple Ornament made from a book

I love the finished product & the teachers loved it too! Might be making these for future teachers for years to come!

Apple Ornament made from a book

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, but i couldnt get mine to spread out:(

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