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I haven’t quite decided how I feel about using old books and destroying them… but if it means giving old books new life over trashing them, I can’t argue.
From Creative Book Art, by Clare Young’s, 2022
You will need:
Cover from an old book, preferably with pretty decoration or lettering
Several pages from a book
- Using the pencil and tracing paper, trace around the birdcage template of your choice.
- Position the trace on a page of text from the book so that the base of the birdcage is in the blank margin at the bottom of the page, and the rest of the birdcage is in the type. Use the craft knife to carefully cut out the birdcage.
- To embellish the birdcage, choose a decorative idea. Cut out your decorative concept and secure it to your birdcage with a dab of glue.
- Place the cover on the cutting mat and, with a very sharp craft knife, cut out a decorative section from the front cover of the book (or use the whole thing).
- Place the birdcage over the decorative lettering or motif, and secure with a few blobs of glue. Trace a bird with pencil and tracing paper, then transfer to a page of text, cut it out, and stick the bird into position on the birdcage with a bit of glue.