How to Make a Library Book! A Craft Parody

Although our doors are closed, you can easily recreate the sensation of browsing our shelves for that next perfect title by making your very own homemade library book!  In this simple craft, you’ll alleviate some of that nasty library withdrawal and create a small piece of the library in the comfort of your own home. 
Join me, won’t you?

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Hardcover Book
  • 2 Ziploc Bags (Gallon-Size)
  • 1/4 Cup of Sand
  • 1 Highlighter (Color of Your Choice)
  • 1 or 2 Strands of Hair
  • 1 Heirloom Recipe
  • Simple Syrup

1) Find a hardcover book of your choice that is lying around the house.  Any genre will do, but historical fiction and romantic suspense novels are of the highest “vintage”.

2) Slip the two gallon-size Ziploc bags over the front and back covers of your book.  These will act as protection against the elements and the less hygienic among us. 
     Although a snug fit is ideal, don’t worry if there is too much slack or a “baggy” look.  The world is not perfect, my dear, and neither are our catalogers. 

3) Do you fancy the comforting memories of a beach read?  Open one or both of the plastic bags and drop in handfuls of sand.*  Allow it to sift to the corners of the book as to remove hope of being later removed.  This provides your book with a new “gritty” personality. 
     *If you prefer your library book to evoke a more academic air, turn instead to random pages and accent entire sections with the highlighter of your choice. 

4) Open the book to a random section and place one or two strands of hair between the pages.  (Of the scalp is preferable, but pet dander will do in a pinch for the follicly-challenged.)  Any placement is fine, but it’s best to have a part of the hair stick out from the book, allowing it to “breathe”.
     It’s true that we carry with us a piece of every great book we read.  Now is your chance to leave some part of yourself with a book.  Balance the scales, I say. 

5) Remove a cherished heirloom recipe from your personal scrapbooks and place inside the book at yet another random section.  Tuck firmly so that it may never be found again.

6) Quickly dab your simple syrup on different parts of the books, being sure to reach both covers and between pages so that they stick together.  Allow to sit overnight.  

7)  Your library book is nearly complete!  If you wish to further personalize your book, look no farther than your desk or studio space. 
     As the majority of library users are charitable persons, you’ll no doubt have a surfeit of mailing labels sent to you as a “courtesy” from non-profit organizations.  Use any number and combination of these, mixed with any stickers you may find in your children’s bedrooms, to “stamp” your book with style and ownership.

May you enjoy your new homemade library book for years to come!  Or until a family member loses it and replaces it without your approval with an inferior edition from Amazon. 
Happy crafting!