Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Home for Books

It's been rainy the last couple days. After the warm spell and so many days spent outside all day long the kids were feeling a bit stir crazy. So, we descended on the Library. We needed some imagination fuel! Truthfully we weren't there too long, because my ultimate plan was to get books, leave and head to the local craft store.

My sewing machine has bitten the dust. I wanted to look at machines, but that wasn't my main goal - I wanted to get a wooden crate.

Backing up a second, while cleaning up a bit yesterday I noticed a bottle of Mod Podge that I've had for a while. I wondered if it was safe for kids to use. Upon searching for the answer I found that it is. Awesome. I also found several fun craft ideas for kids using Mod Podge.

Honestly? I'm not super into crafts - especially if there really is no purpose for the craft once it's completed. Being a person who doesn't hold onto things very much I am usually not very thrilled about miscellaneous stuff cluttering up the house. I like to use things. If I don't like it, or I don't use it then I'm probably not going to keep it.

Back to the wooden crate. While searching for kid friendly Mod Podge crafts I came across the idea of a "Book Crate". In this version the suggestion was to let the kids paint the crate and then to Mod Podge the word "READ" onto the side of it. Super cute! An excellent idea! Our library books always end up disappearing into the recesses of the house or dumped all over the nearest table. Therefore, when I return books I often find that I'm missing one and then a frantic search of the house ensues. Bah.

So, to the craft store we went! Originally the crate was priced at 15.99, but with my 50% off coupon (including some new flash cards that I got for the littler two) I only spent 11.24.

A couple years ago during my first year of homeschooling we went to a barn sale just down the road. There were tons of old maps at the sale and I picked up several thinking I'd use them all the time. I did use them a handful of times, but once we acquired a bigger, much more awesome laminated map the old barn sale maps stayed on the bookshelf... until yesterday.

Here is the Book Crate we made yesterday in a series of pictures (probably shouldn't have used my rotary cutter, but ah well):

We'll use this until it falls apart.


  1. It looks great, I love that Dr Seuss quote. We were enjoying some decoupage earlier in the week, I think maybe we need to do some more!

  2. That is super cute! I feel inspired. Crafts and books combined, what could be better?

  3. LOVE that!!! Have you ever made your own mod lodge? really cheap and easy (and kid friendly)
    Great project! Visiting from mommy blogger fb group :)

  4. Awesome! I love the way the map continues to look like it's together even though it's apart! Plus, I love crates so much!!

  5. that looks AH-MAZING!!! I really love the way it looks so unique!

  6. I love it! It looks fantastic and um I believe old beer crates are about the right size too (we honestly don't have any but I have grabbed a couple from dodgy mates). The maps are a great idea - it turned out really cool. I reckon my kids'll give that a go.


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