The Ultimate Fall Bookish Bucket List

It’s still hitting 100° F almost every day here (ick), but I’m trying to get into the fall (autumn) spirit! Here’s a list of bookish things to do before fall is over!

  1. Make (crochet, knit, etc.) a Harry Potter house scarf
  2. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte (or any fall drink) and a good book
  3. Read a fall-themed book
  4. Dress up as a book character for Halloween
  5. Have book club around a bonfire
  6. Take a walk while listening to an audiobook
  7. Read a spooky novel/thriller
  8. Light a candle to read next to
  9. Build a blanket fort to read inside of!
  10. Make a fleece blanket for cozy reading
  11. Read a novel with a supernatural character
  12. Make butterbeer
  13. Make an autumn recipe from your favorite book
  14. Find a new bookstore
  15. Read a book about football
  16. Carve a pumpkin with a bookish theme/character
  17. Make autumn decorations out of books pages
  18. Find a new coffee shop
  19. Buy a used book
  20. Learn archery (because so many book characters know how, why shouldn’t you?)
  21. Donate books you don’t need/want anymore
  22. Do a fall photo shoot for Bookstagram
  23. Attend a library hosted program
  24. Have a picnic! When you’re full, lay down and relax with a good book
  25. Find out of there is a free little library near you
  26. Make a list of books you are thankful for
  27. Go antiquing and find a vintage book
  28. Create a 3D pumpkin out of book pages
  29. Create a kindle cover out of an old sweater
  30. Read about a fall holiday (such as Dia de los Muertos, Oktoberfest, etc.)

Which one are you most excited to do? What should I add to this list?

❤ Annette

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DIY Ribbon Bookmarks

This is one I’ve wanted to do for a long time! It’s a great way to use earrings that you only have one of. Plus, it’s super quick and they turn out really pretty!

Materials:

Ribbon
Jump Rings
Needlenose pliers
Scissors
Charms (I used earrings that I only had one of)
Clasp Closures
Liquid Stitch (optional)

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Directions:

  1. Match a charm to a ribbon. I held my chosen charm up to each ribbon until I found a pair that looked good together.
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  2. Measure and cut the ribbon to the desired length. I made mine about an inch longer on either side of a book – I just used whichever book was closest. The great thing about these is that its easy to make many at once – so you can make a bunch in different lengths if you want.
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  3. Choose the clamp closure size that best matches your ribbon. My clamp closures came in a pack of three different sizes, which was great. Use the needle-nose pliers to close the clamp closure around one end of the ribbon (preferably whichever end is less neat).
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  4. Use a jump ring to attach the charm of your choice to the clasp closure.
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  5. If desired, use a fray protector to finish the other end. I left mine as-is.
  6. Ta-da! Now go read a book and use your ribbon bookmark to mark your place!

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❤ Annette

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DIY I Spy Bottle

In honor of children’s book week, I’ve got a craft based on Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick’s I Spy books. The craft itself isn’t unique (I’ve seen in everywhere on Pinterest), but I thought it’d be fun to try making one of my own!

Materials:

Clear bottle or jar with lid or cap
Uncooked rice
Assorted miniature items
Funnel
Glue

  • You will want to clean out your bottle or jar a couple days ahead of time to give it a chance to dry. I recommend plastic since the toy is for children and plastic is more durable. However, glass does look prettier, so it’s really up to you. I used a Pepsi bottle because it was clear and didn’t have extra indentations on it.
  • There are a lot of great ways to find miniature items. Keep in mind you want them to fit through the neck of the bottle! I found alphabet beads and pony beads at the craft store, which is where I got fun shapes/items like a turtle, dog, cat, fish, etc. I also had pieces from disassembled jewelry I found at a rummage sale (that’s where the peppers came from), as well as some fun shaped buttons. You could also use objects like pencil toppers.

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Directions:

  1. Choose everything you are going to put in the bottle (sans rice) and lay it out nicely. Take a picture. If you are giving this to a child who can’t read, they will want a picture of items they can find in the bottle. If the child can read you can reference the picture to type up a list of what is in the bottle.
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  2. Stick a funnel in the top of your bottle. If you don’t have a funnel, you can cut the lid off of a soda bottle and use that. I taped mine on so I didn’t have to hold it.

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    You can see all the escaped rice from when I tried to do this without a funnel…
  3. Pour a little bit of rice (3/4-1 inch) into the bottle.
  4. Add a couple of trinkets/miniatures.
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  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the bottle is filled, doing your best to space the miniatures throughout the bottle.
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  6. Place the cap on the bottle and try shaking it to see if you can uncover any items. If this is difficult, pour out a little rice to allow the objects to move more freely. Repeat until the bottle is fun to play with.
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  7. I highly suggest gluing the cap on. Because mine was going to a house with toddlers, I wanted to ensure that the cap couldn’t come off and the choking hazards (the miniatures) would not become available.
  8. Print out your picture of the items, or list of the items, and include it with the I Spy bottle.

Older children may want to find specific items in the jar (find all the letters in their name, find the alphabet in order, find the orange dog, etc.), and younger children may just want to shake it to see what they uncover. Either way it should be a good boredom buster. It’s also a fun activity to match with the I Spy books. I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t like reading them! (My favorite was I Spy School Days [affiliate link])

Have you made an I Spy bottle? How did it go? What kind of objects did you use?

❤ Annette

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DIY Hungry Caterpillar Bracelet

In honor of children’s book week, I’ve got a craft based on Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was one of my favorites growing up and now my nephews love it too.

Materials:

10 mm ceramic red beads
10 mm green beads
.5 mm elastic thread
Yellow puff paint
Black puff paint
Scissors
Super glue (optional)

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Directions:

Making the Caterpillar’s Head

(I would suggest making two or three, then choosing the best one for your bracelet. These are hard because they’re so small! It’s also useful to keep tissues or paper towels on hand, so you can wipe the puff paint off if you make a mistake.)

  1. Use yellow puff paint to add two large eyes to a ceramic red bead.
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  2. Use black puff paint to add a pupil to each eye. I found this easier when the yellow was still wet.
  3. Use black puff paint to add antennae.

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    This wasn’t the final one – his expression is pretty wonky 😛
  4. Place bead hole-down so it doesn’t roll. Let dry.

Making the Bracelet

  1. Determine how big you want your bracelet to be. I used the size chart here.
  2. Measure a length of your elastic that is twice as long as the desired bracelet, plus a few inches. So if you want to make a toddler bracelet that’s 5 inches around, measure 13 inches. ((5*2)+3=13) Cut the elastic at this length.
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  3. String one green bead on to the elastic and slide it so it is exactly in the middle. You can do this by holding both ends of the elastic together.
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  4. Now, string the next green bead through both ends of the elastic. Repeat for all green beads, until you reach the desired length. Don’t forget to save a spot for the red bead!
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  5. When the head bead is dry, string it on both strings of the elastic as well.
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  6. String one end of the elastic back through the original bead.
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  7. Tie both ends of the elastic together, two or three times.
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  8. I don’t trust elastic to hold, so I always add a dab of super glue to the knot.
  9. Trim the ends of the elastic.

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Voila! Now you have an adorable Hungry Caterpillar bracelet!

I do want to note that the beads can be a choking hazard, so be careful who you give these to.

If your child loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, they also may like: (affiliate links)

 

 

 

❤ Annette

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DIY Gold Earth Bracelet

This bracelet is inspired by the one mentioned in Tin Star and The Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castelluci. It is present in both books and somewhat plays a part, but I don’t want to give away much more than that. 🙂

Supplies Needed

Gold colored chain
Gold colored lobster clasp
Gold colored jump rings
Needlenose Pliers
Wire cutters
Gold earth charm (I got mine on Etsy)

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Directions

  1. Cut a length of chain using your wire cutters. You can either measure by wrapping around your wrist (if it’s for you), or use a ruler to measure a standard size. (I used this pin as reference.)

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2. If your charm is set up with a hole perpendicular to the charm, you can just slide it on the chain. If the hole is flat with the charm, you will want to use a jump ring to attach it. (Jump ring directions are in the next step.)

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See how the ring is perpendicular?
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Right in the center 🙂

3. If your lobster clasp comes with an eyelet, open a jump ring with the needlenose pliers, slide the eyelet on, and then attach the jump ring (with eyelet) to the last link of your chain. Close with the needlenose pliers. If your lobster clasp does not have an eyelet, just attach the jump ring.

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4. Use the same method to attach a jump ring and lobster clasp to the other end of the chain.

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5. That’s it! Now you have your very own gold Earth bracelet.

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I hope you enjoy! I love jewelry making, especially since it’s often so simple!

❤ Annette

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Printable Bookmarks

I’m currently in the process of moving, so creating bookmarks for myself is only a dream at this point. So I thought I’d share bookmarks from throughout the web that you can just print! I discovered all of these via Pinterest, so I’m sharing the pins below. Please do not pin them from my page – click on the link and pin them from Pinterest or the original site!

Bookmark 1
From Crazy Little Projects
Bookmark 2
From Simply Kelly Designs
Bookmark 3
From Disney.com

 

Bookmark 4
From Crafty Housewife

 

Bookmark 5
From Hanna Nilson Design
Bookmark 6
From Easy College Coupons
Bookmark 7
From Amelica.com
Bookmark 12
From Blooming Homestead

 

 

Bookmark 14
From Carrie Elle Printables

 

Which one is your favorite? Hopefully I’ll be able to feature some DIY bookmarks once I get settled into my new place. 🙂

❤ Annette

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DIY Bookish Gifts

Here are ten bookish gifts that you can make yourself! There will be less pictures on this post because I don’t want to use someone else’s photos without permission. For all of my other bookish gift guides, click here.

1. Penguin Classics Poster

This super colorful poster is easy to make and makes a great decoration. You can find it at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

2. Embroidery Art

If you’re good at embroidery, you can make some embroidery hoop art. I like this one from Flamingo Toes which says “Shh… I’m reading”. I also like this one from Etsy, which shows a woman carrying a huge stack of books.

3. Cross-stitch Art

Very similar, but I find cross-stitching easier than embroidery, because it’s more structured. I like this clever pattern, in which one book remarks to another “you look thinner” and the second book says “I had my appendix taken out”.

4. Book Lover Necklace

This cute necklace features a colorful stack of books. It looks simple to make, and the blog (blog.darice.com) has great step by step directions.

5. Reading Pillow

This pillow has a pocket to hold your book when you’re not reading it!

6. Book Page Art Print

There are so many cute way to do this! I’ve linked some of my favorites (no directions, just inspiration) here, here, and here.

7. Charging Station (That Looks Like a Book!)

This charging station hides your charging devices within a book. It’s easily customizable because you can choose the book/book cover you use.

8. Book Clutch!

A perfect accessory! Or, if the book is big enough, I think it could make a beautiful jewelry box. One tutorial can be found here.

9. Giant Quilted Book Cushion

These are so fun! They’re giant cushions made to look like books! I think these would be extra fantastic in a classroom library/reading center.

10. Book Bag

Check out this sewn book bag or this crocheted one.

What do you think? Which item on this list would you most like to receive?

❤ Annette

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Bookish Christmas Decorations

Happy holidays! I love this entire season, so you’ll be seeing many posts from me about Christmas. (Christmas is what I celebrate, but if you celebrate something else [or nothing at all] I hope you have a great December as well!)

Without further ado, here are some awesome bookish Christmas decorations I found, mostly via Pinterest. Because none of the images are mine, you will only find links to the original posts below. Go check them out! 🙂

  • Book Page Decopauged Christmas Ornament
    • This is one of many super cute bookish Christmas ornaments. The original creator made this with a map, but it could easily be done with book pages!
  • Book of Christmas Cards
    • I think this is a fantastic way to store your Christmas cards, in a way you can see them year after year!
  • Wreath Made with Book Pages
    • I’m not sure if this would be simpler or harder than it looks. It’s both complex and simple looking.
  • Christmas Card with Book Pages
    • I love how they used strips of print to make a Christmas tree on the card. Simple, yet beautiful.
  • Book Place Setting
    • This is perfect for a fancy holiday dinner. It only links to a Pinterest pin, since I can’t find the original source. 😦 Let me know if you know who it belongs to!
  • Star Garland
    • This links to an Etsy listing, in case you don’t want to make it on your own. 🙂 They can be made with maps or book pages or sheet music. How fun!
  • Christmas Tree Made of Books
    • Perfect for a library or any other bookish setting.
  • Book Advent Calendar
    • I love this idea – to open and read a Christmas book each day of advent. I loved all the Christmas books we had as a child and I would have loved the surprise that comes with this tradition.
  • Poinsettia Made with Book Pages
    • This is so cute! She uses it on cards, but I think you could also use it as a decoration or even for gift wrapping.
    • Here’s another version of a book page poinsettia.

Which one is your favorite? Did I miss any great bookish Christmas decorations? Let me know in the comments below!

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Lowly Worm Crochet Stuffed Animal

As I mentioned in last week’s post, for Christmas one year I crocheted a stuffed animal for each of my nephews. With each stuffed animal I also included the associated book. For my two-year-old nephew, I crocheted Lowly Worm! He was one of my favorite character’s from Richard Scarry’s books. (Fun fact: Patrick Pig is the first book I remember reading by myself.)

I used the pattern found here. It takes a G crochet hook and worsted weight yarn in black, white, red, green, blue, and brown. I didn’t make the hat for him, but the pattern does include instructions for one. This project is crocheted in the round and I think he turned out super cute!

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Getting unwrapped
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In front of the tree

Do you have a favorite crocheted book character? I’d love to learn about them!

Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Stuffed Animal

Last year for Christmas I crocheted a book character for each of my nephews. I then gave them the character and the corresponding book. Below are pictures of the Very Hungry Caterpillar I crocheted, based on the one from Eric Carle’s book of the same name. I got the pattern for free on Ravely here.

To make this caterpillar you will need worsted wight yarn in green, yellow, red, and brown. I think all of my colors are Red Heart, but the green has lost its wrapper, so I’m not quite sure. 🙂 You’ll also need stuffing and a size F crochet needle. As well as scissors and a tapestry needle, of course.

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Caterpillar in progress!
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Under the tree!
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Close-up! No safety eyes, which makes it safer for the toddlers.
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I spy Christmas cookies in the background
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Crawling away…

Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I hope you enjoy seeing bookish crafts. 🙂

❤ Annette