Click here to hop over to the PWP blog to see my journal, and see how I made the vellum embellishments on the cover. Here’s a peek at my garden. I’m super excited to get some cucumbers and banana peppers!
Supplies: Hardback Book at least 1-2 inches thick, Craft Knife, Potting Soil, Small Succulents
1. Fold the first few pages of your book over and glue them down to the cover. Sketch a rectangle onto your book.
2. Using your craft knife, Cut along the lines you drew, removing pieces of the pages.
3. Continue cutting until you have a large enough hole.
4. Fill your hole with a small amount of potting soil and add in your succulents.
- To save money
- To save you a trip to the store
- It is better for the environment
- It will make the story behind your project even cuter!
- Mugs…or any other container you have around your house. Bonus points for cuteness
- Some activated carbon if these plants will be indoors (found near indoor plants at the nursery or at pet stores by the aquariums)
- Decorative rocks
- Plants of appropriate size (I’m using 1 inch succulents from the flea market)
- Soil (I’m using soil specifically design for cacti/succulents, but anything will do)
- Gather your supplies and move outdoors, if possible
- If your plants will be indoors…scoop a healthy layer of carbon into your container, covering the bottom of the container
- Add a layer of rocks above the carbon (or add a layer of rocks to the bottom, if your planters will be outdoors). You are creating a barrier between your carbon and the soil
- Add soil almost to the top of your container
- Remove succulent from packaging and remove a bit of the soil from the bottom to promote rooting
- Add succulent to your container, gently pushing soil around to make room
- Once the succulents are in place and secure, add rocks around the base and cover the soil. Your succulents like to be hugged by these rocks and they will help with moisture control
- If the plants are particularly dry, give them a few squirts with a squirt bottle, but not too much!
- Dust off the leaves of your plants and you’re done!
A note from Katie- I love the idea of reusing old coffee mugs and other random objects to use as planters! Thanks, Kam, for a wonderful idea!
everyone, Mou Saha here from
Creating Keepsakes magazine. In spirit of
green crafting, I had been salvaging an old book into my current art journal.
Here’s a spread from that book.
are my steps in visuals and captions.
you enjoyed my little process tutorial and would give it a try.
you like upcycling the stuff of life, you might enjoy the 4-week workshop I’m
teaching at Big Picture Classes called Lift Me Up!
leave a comment to this post about your favorite thing to upcycle and ONE
person can win a spot in the workshop. For more chances of winning, please
check out my blog. Winner will
be announced on 4/18/2012.
Have some Vintage Buttons laying around? Reuse them and make this lovely bracelet!
Thank you, Katie, for guest posting! Your picture frame is the cutest!!
- Thin cardboard (I used the back of an old notebook, you could also use a cereal box)
- Paper (I used 5 sheets of barely-printed-on computer paper, you could also use notebook paper, magazine paper, etc. depending on what you want to use your book for)
- An envelope (mine was from a birthday card I got this year and is 5×7)
- Scissors and/or a paper cutter
- Needle and embroidery thread
- Push pins (optional, not pictured)
Use your book however you want! It can be a journal, notebook, art journal, or anything you want! Use the pockets to store ephemera or stickers/small supplies to use for on-the-go journaling.
Honestly, I’m going to be boring and use mine for grocery lists (because it’s such a waste to use a new sheet of paper on a grocery list) and keep coupons in the pockets. I might make an art journal this way soon though, because it’s super-easy and fast!