I have a confession to make: I murdered another book. I know it’s terrible but it was in the sake of crafts and look how cute it came out! This may be my favorite project, ever! To my defense the particular Twilight I used was turned into the bookstore in unsellable condition so I decided to give it everlasting life, which is actually very fitting if you think about it seeing as Edward’s a vampire and all.
I made 2 and gave them away to my Twilight loving nieces as Christmas presents. I get that Christmas is technically 11 days away but I figured maybe they could enjoy them for a few more days, as much as any 10 and 15 years olds can enjoy an ornament. Maybe this is in fact the lamest present ever, but my cool points will be restored once they open their real ones.
Since I wanted these ornaments to be a little more personalized rather than just random pieces of the book, I went through and cut out some of the girls favorite quotes. The 10 year old walks around repeating (word for word) “About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him, and I didn’t know how potent that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him” so I knew I had to include that on hers, and the other is a vegetarian so for hers I made sure to include the part about Edward’s “special diet”.
After I had the quotes cut out and set aside I cut a handful of other pages from the book in to small pieces. These pieces will become the background layer of the ornament. It’s best to cut out a bunch of background pieces at once so you don’t have to stop once you start. The mod podge can get a little messy and once its on your fingers it can leave smudges on the book pages. I tried to keep mine as clean as possible by keeping a damp rag nearby the whole time.
Take the top hook portion of your ornament off and set it aside. Cover a small section in mod podge and cover it with one of your precut background pieces. You may have to hold it down for a second to allow the glue to dry so it wont move around on you. Keep doing this until the entire ornament is covered.
Then you can start adding your special quotes on top. If the quote is too big to fit without getting wrinkled you may have to cut it and piece it together on the ornament. I had to do this with one and the cut was hardly noticeable at the end.
Once all the quotes you want are stuck on, cover the entire thing with a coat of mod podge and allow to dry to at least an hour. Then repeat one more time. The extra coats of glue make the ornaments more sturdy and give it a bit of shine.
I also covered the hook top piece will gold glitter (it was actually nail polish) because, well, why not?
I also made a polymer clay READ tag, but I didn’t get any pictures of this step because I kind of just winged it and wasn’t sure how it would come out. But I basically just rolled it out, cut out my tag shape (free hand), stamped the clay, and baked it per the package directions in my toaster oven.
These ornaments are something you can put together in an afternoon and make a great gift for book lovers of any age!