Sunday, September 4, 2011

Otherwise Known As The Library Love Wreath

I am so excited to be participating in
Lovely Crafty Home

and Nester's

My son is fond of Hank The Cowdog, but there are over 60 books
in that awesome series and
60 x $10 = too much for my budget.
 So we library - a lot. 

I love to share our passion for the library by making a
Hank the Cowdog Wreath, otherwise known as
 a Library Love Wreath, for some of his friends.

I know... what child wants a book as a gift? But when you add
the t-shirt, book bag and playing cards - 
the frown turns upside down! 
Yes, I'm originally from Idaho and we talk like this.

All you need are the following materials:

Book Bag
A Book
Playing Cards
Plastic Zipper Case (or a luggage tag would be sweet)
3 Ribbon Strips
6-8 18" Strips of Fabric
3 Velcro strips

You can find Hank The Cowdog goodies here.

First, tie a piece of fabric to the top
of the wreath so it will hang real purdy-like.

Then just wrap the t-shirt around the top of the wreath
so that smoochie Hank is showing,
and do the same with his book bag at the bottom.

Next, use the fabric strips to tie the shirt and bag in place.

Make sure you space the fabric strips so that you can
Velcro the book, playing cards and plastic zipper bag
to the piece of fabric, not the shirt or book bag. 
I have done this before, and it just makes their frown
go from upside down to right side up again. 

I use a glue-gun to adhere the Velcro to the fabric strips
and the back of the ribbon used to fancy up
the book, playing cards and plastic zipper case.

Nester introduced me to Miss Glue Gun a few years ago and we
have been inseparable ever since. Miss GG would be in our family
photos, but my husband drew the line at carrying her in my purse.

Once you have Velcro-ed the book, cards and plastic zipper case,
you're almost done!

Make a simple card in MS Word that
says something like this:

Put it in the plastic zipper case (or a cute luggage tag) and you are finished!
They can then use this case for their library card. 

If you live in the Charlotte, NC, area and would like to check out
Hank The Cowdog books right now from the library, 
because you're impulsive, like me, click here.

When you give the gift of the library, you are bestowing
a priceless legacy of learning that lasts a lifetime.

Consider Making: a baby book with a diaper wreath,
a blanket & onesie with a Pooh book,
a Princess blanket & t-shirt with a Disney book,
a pair of garden gloves & apron with a Gardening book.
Endless I tell you!

What Library Love Wreath would you make?

Would be honored if you followed me to the library! 
Just click on the RSS Feed Link
over on the top right column. 

I put together themed collections
that allow you to 
watch a movie, 
listen to music
cook from a cookbook 
and read a fabulous book
~ all from the library.

Style. Without Spending. Sweet!

xoxo Michele


The Nester said...

we library.

you need to make t shirts.

you are so adorable.

Barb said...

That is just the sweetest!

Michele said...

Thank you, Nester and Barb! Lovin' the t-shirt idea. And maybe a bumper sticker and rad fashion plates too. I see a line coming soon on Etsy....

Thank you, Nester, for having such a fantastic, creative and inspiring party!

xoxo michele

Hello, I'm Laura said...

What a completely adorable wreath ~ I love it!

Have a Happy Labor Day!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Michelle, how cute that is! Thanks for stopping by to see my wreath. I hope you'll stop by again. I'm ready for Fall myself & completely over this heat.

Michele said...

Thank you, Laura and Rhoda!

Sarah said...

This is soooooo cute! Ah, I wish I had kids to do this for! I go to my library a lot for myself, otherwise I'd probably go broke from all the money I'd want to spend on books.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment. :)

{darlene} said...

michele! a library wreath! now, how cute are you????? such fun, and yes, a great gift!
- {darlene}
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