Patricia: I would love to see any pictures you have of these altered books/handbags. I'm thinking of doing something like this next year as an on-going activity for my Art Foundations high school kids. I'd like to try to make one myself over the summer so that I know what I'm doing! What size book works best for this activity...a small thick book?
Subject: Re: Fine Art Pins to inspire a lesson
From: Patricia Knott
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 18:46:56 -0400
I think this is such a great idea for fund raiser. I have tons and
tons of old magazines available for my students to find images. it
wouldn't be hard to convert to this idea.
I get lots of ideas from Expressions Magaizine
Expression provides niffty ideas for projects that could develop into
something money making.
Sometime, last year, they had directions for taking old books that
were being discarded and turning them into purses/handbags.
I can't find it on their site. But it was a great "off the curriculum
" time filing activity for me. It's a variation on altered books
The basic idea is
take a book
remove all the pages
make a connection to the book and alter the binding to the
decorate the binding to the connection
put in a fabric insert to make it "fold out" like a hand purse
make holes with grommets for some kind of chain.
I wish I could find this on the site. My kids ran with this and created
all kinds of theme purses. And embellished and decorated. My
library is throwing out books all the time. I can't let them go. I
save and save for some kind of purpose.
One of my kids saved all the HUGE reference books the library threw
out.. She is making purses that are selling .
I'll try to find more specific directions for this somewhere in my
The librarian presented this idea to her association and all said
what a wonderful idea to keep a discarded book alive.
What treasures we find in trash
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