Thursday, January 23, 2014
Here are three of the centerpieces I made for the recent Night Out With Authors event. I didn't come up with this idea. I found it in a magazine. Unfortunately, in my zeal to de-clutter, I didn't keep the issue, so I can't remember which one. And I'll confess that when I first saw books used in this way, my first thought was "Desecration!"
My second thought was, "Hey, I've got some foreign editions in the cupboard..."
How did I make the holes for the ELECTRIC tea lights? (And for reasons I hope are obvious, you must use ELECTRIC tea lights.)
First, I found the center point in the cover and traced the tea light.
Then I started to cut. Someone thought I must have used a drill. Nope. I used fingernail scissors.
After I cut out the hole in the cover (and it's better to do this from the back, I discovered), I ran my pencil around the hole, gathered a few pages, and cut again, from the center out. I did this many times, until I got down to about Page 200. That seemed deep enough to me.
I only encountered one minor problem - the covers tended to stick up, so they had to be taped down.
Cost? The books I got free from my publisher, the tea lights were 2 for a dollar from Dollarama.
That's my kind of craft project - easy, inexpensive and no fancy equipment required (although I did have to overcome my qualms about cutting into a book)