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Literary wall hanging

The long Thanksgiving weekend is a great opportunity to create something for the house as a family. Candice Blansett-Cummins at the Wishcraft creative studio in Chicago shared this idea.

Instructions:

1. Pull some pages out of the book.

2. Trace or draw leaf shapes about the same size as yourhand onto a book page, varying the shapes if desired. Cut about 25to 35 leaf shapes from the pages.

3. Tape five to seven leaves to a 28-inch length of twineor ribbon leaving a 3-inch to 5-inch area of the twine empty at thetop end.

4. Repeat five to seven times with additional lengths oftwine. Make the additional twine pieces slightly longer or slightlyshorter for added interest.

5. Wrap the top of the twine around the twig a few timesand secure with a knot or with tape. Repeat until the twig is asfull as you would like it to be.

6. Cut a piece of twine 36 inches long. Knot each end ofthe twine to each end of the twig to make a loop for hanging. Hangfrom a nail on the wall, a hook in the ceiling or even across thetop corner of a door.

Variations: Use colorful magazine or catalog pages. Cutout other shapes such as local birds or the shape of your hand (orturn those hands into turkeys).

Materials:

  • An old paperback book
  • Paper scissors
  • Twine
  • Cellophane or neutral masking tape
  • A substantial twig (about 24 inches long, not too thick orheavy)
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