Growing up, art class was always my favorite subject in school. If it was art class day, my whole day would be brighter and I couldn’t wait to what we were going to paint, draw or create that day. I love supporting art programs for kids and was so excited to hear about Fiskars Shape Their Future Project.
The project is all about collecting art and school supplies for kids in our communities. Imagine not having enough art tools like: scissors, paper, crayons, paint or clay. That would be terrible. I headed off to Walmart to choose items to donate to my local elementary school. It’s the school my son went to and I absolutely love their art teacher. Along with the items I’m donating, I also got some cool Fiskars products and made this fun Recycled Grocery Bag Book.
Using brown bags is one of my favorite ways to craft and recycle. The weight of the grocery bag paper is nice and durable which is probably why they make such great text book covers.
If you’d like to make your own brown bag book, here are the simple instructions.
- Cut your brown bags down to the size you want your book. I made my book 4.5” x 6.5”. Be precise when cutting so that your book pages are even.
- Iron your pages so get rid of all the folds and wrinkles. Fold lines won’t completely go away but I think it adds to the charm of a recycled project.
- Clip your pages together and mark where you want your holes to go. The holes are for binding the book.
- Use a craft drill or hole punch to make your binding holes. IMPORTANT: If using a craft drill, you need to work on a scrap piece of wood. The drill will damage your work surface unless you protect it.
- Once your holes are drilled, use twine, ribbon or leather strips to bind your book. I used strips of leather.
- A rounded corner punch gives the book a finished, neat look.
Some of the page edges still have the scalloped edge of from the original bags. It makes it all the more fun.
A simple cloth label adds a bit of charm to the book. You can use these little mini books for a variety of things – jot down notes, or project sketches or give them as gifts. You can add a few photos and use them as mini albums.
I also picked up some Glitter Glue so that they could decorate their projects. Because nothing spells fun like glitter! I packed up all the clay and glitter glue and will be heading over to the school to present the items to Mrs. R. I already told her about the program and she was thrilled. I know she’ll come up with a wonderful project for the kids to work on.
If you would like to support your local school or organization, you can find more information on the Champions for Kids website or Facebook page.