March 2010 Craft Along Now Open


Mar 06, 2010

Posted by John Admin

Yesterday, the Crafty Witches launched a brand new environmentally-conscious Craft-Along, in time for the upcoming Earth Day on the 22nd of April. The challenge for this month is to turn your favourite Harry Potter book into a small reusable bag, enabling you to better help the planet by turning down the plastic carrier bags offered in shops.

MyLeaky points will be awarded to everyone who participates in the Craft-Along as follows:

  • 1 MyLeaky point for signing up for a Craft-Along
  • 1 MyLeaky point for every suggestion you give on how to use the book pages
  • 5 MyLeaky points for posting pictures of one finished product
  • 10 MyLeaky points for posting pictures of every extra finished product

You can sign up to participate at the Craft-Along thread or find more information on the Craft-Along page here. The March Craft-Along page can be found at this link with information about tutorials and this month’s project. If you’re not registered at the Leaky Lounge, you can sign up right here. Happy crafting!

29 Responses to March 2010 Craft Along Now Open

Avatar ImageBellatrixGranger says: good luck everyone!Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: Throwing books away?!!! Who would do such a thing?!! Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: umm I don't think i would want to destroy my potter books :S Avatar ImageFlPhotoMama says: While I wouldn't destroy MY copies, I would imagine that it wouldn't be hard to pick up a used copy online fairly cheap! Here's where I ran into trouble. This method works great for older hardcover books with art printed directly onto the covers, but most newer books have all the artwork on book jackets. So I was thinking as I was watching, and it seems like the best thing to do would be to decopage (with Mod Podge or similar) the book jacket onto the cover itself. Or onto a good stiff chip board, or thin, lightweight wood for a really sturdy bag. I would likely use a lightweight canvas for the fabric. As for the pages of the book, that's easy! Take and cut out favorite sections or quotes and decoupage them onto a journal, table, box, picture frame, anything really!Avatar Imagelurking_llama says: I certainly wouldn't want to destory any book and especially not my HP books. I have had them for 12 years and would be devestated if anything happened to them. I'm sure that there will be some wonderful creations which come out of this project but I know for certain that I can think of much better uses for my books than tearing them up and making a shopping bag from them.Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: It's a great idea! And although true fans wouldn't destroy their (our!!!) precious books for any cause, there are some people who might at the present time. It's that colleague from work or friend from school that you (with great effort) managed to convince to read the HP series but that wouldn't have read it at all if it wasn't for you insistence. I guess many of us know people like that...Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Good Luck to anyone!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: destroy a collection of first editions i think not craftalongAvatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: I would make a bag inspired by...out of scrap fabric...but I wouldn't use the books, even my "retired" book that is falling apart, gets a place on the shelf.Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: that sounds like fun! i think im gonna join... although i dont wanna destroy my Harry Potter books...Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I don't want to destroy my Potter books! But the designs should be interesting!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Sounds hard!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Good luck!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: It does sound rather hard.. I would just buy a cheap set of Amazon or something.. my own copies are too sacred! Good luck :)Avatar Imagealicia00 says: wowAvatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Good luck to those who participate. Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: although, if they fail, they might regret it. :P imagine!! seeing harry and dumbledore and dobby getting cut into bits! ...and i dont think they prefer shopping either. but good luck all in all!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: I'm not so sure I'd like to rip apart my books and make bags out of them, but good luck to everyone partcipating in the event!Avatar ImageGinnyrocks117 says: Why would you want to destroy a book and even the best book in the worldAvatar says: My first thought was who would want to destroy Harry Potter then I read the comments and saw that everyone agreed. Good idead about the reusable bag. Bad idea about using Harry Potter to make it.Avatar says: My first thought was who would want to destroy Harry Potter then I read the comments and saw that everyone agreed. Good idead about the reusable bag. Bad idea about using Harry Potter to make it.Avatar Imagetaylor819 says: Half price book stores sell the books pretty cheaply. Sounds fun!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I look forward to seeing what people submit.Avatar ImageJoseeMadalia says: Wow! This Craft-Along certainly seems to have created a lot of discussion! I understand everyone who's saying they wouldn't destroy their own Potter books. I personally would never be able to either. That's why I purchased a used book from and THAT's the one I'll be using for this transfiguration work! I'd never be throw away my Potter books either, but let's face it guys, not everyone is as big a fan as all of us who are still reading Leaky every day AFTER all the books have been published. A lot of people have jumped off the wagon once everything was out there, which means there are Potter books out there being donated AND thrown away. The point of our Craft-Along is to save *those* books from the dumpster... not the ones that are being cherished and showcased in your bookcases!Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: That's just sick. Here we are, huge harry potter fans, ripping up books??!?!?! they might not be my copies, but what about other kids in places who've never heard of harry potter? we're taking jkrowling's work her ART and ripping it up. Why not do harry potter themed bags made from old newspapers? an old newspaper is no use to anyone, but a harry potter book is always a useful timeless piece of art that should be donated to libraries or given to children who cant buy them. Avatar ImageRomanBlack says: Can't we just use a printed something that's worthless like the newspaper. There's a snowballs chance down below before I destroy my favorite books.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Interesting idea ... but to destroy a book? ... gulp.Avatar ImageRRR says: Worst. Idea. Ever. RRAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: I'll pass on that!

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