Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Craft Lightning - Recycled Book to Easel Calendar

Welcome to the summer edition of Craft Lightning - 15 minute Crafts!

I am so happy to be participating in this fun series with some of my blog friends...

 Angie at: The Country Chic Cottage  and Carolina at: 30 Minute Crafts!

I'm always racking my brain to find crafts that are fun, easy and cute...
but that don't take a lot of time to complete. 

When visiting my good friend Melissa recently,
I noticed that she had this really cute easel calendar displayed in her den.

Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was hand-crafted and made from an old book cover.

This was just the inspiration I needed for a "lightning craft"!

Hubby and I have been cruisin' the Yard and Estate Sales lately and I have a TON of old books that are just piling up and calling my name to be used in some way, so the timing was perfect!

I used an old children's book for my project

I found this vintage looking 2014 calendar printable at the Crafty Secrets Blog.

I have a TON of buttons that I have gathered from our weekend adventures also and it was fun to dig through them to find this old vintage one that just seemed to fit perfectly with the book cover!

How to steps:
(Click on photo to enlarge)

Photo of supplies and tools used for this project:

Supplies/Tool List:

Old/Vintage Children's Book
Mini Printable Calendar (2004) - I downloaded mine from: Crafty Secrets
Cork Board Material, 1/4" Thick (as an alternative, you can use foam core board)
23-24" of Ribbon, Red, Solid/Sheer Combo w/Irridescent thread, Nylon/Poly, 3/8", Offray #RN17991, #CA07795
Button, Vintage (From Stock on Hand)
Push Pins, White, 2 ea.
Pearl Stickers (Heads), 2 ea., Aqua from: Jolee's Bling, Multicolored Package, Pastel Pearl Borders #50-00200  (Jolee's/EK Success)
Knife/Box Cutter
Center Punch
Cutting Mat
Cardboard Template (for drilling holes) (self-made)
Dremel Tool, w/small drillbit
Yarn Needle, Plastic, (Boye) Simplicity Creative Group
Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Aleene's Tacky Glue
E6000 Glue
Paper Weight

If you have a quick craft of your own that you'd like to share...hop on over to The Craft Lightning Linky Party now!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and viewing my project!

Hope you'll come back soon!

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Amy* said...

Fabulous project with so much vintage charm and practicality to boot! LOVE it!!


Unknown said...

That's so cute! I love the little calendar on there, too. :)

Katie said...

That's so cute, I love classic illustrations.

malia said...

Lisa this project is so incredible! You could be selling these on Etsy!