Introduction: Narnia Book Sculpture

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First of all, before we go any further, let me assure you that I LOVE books! Yes, I felt totally guilty to cut up a book, but I went looking for books that were already in the list for recycling because it was missing loads of pages or because it was down right boring :-).

Anyway...Now that we have got that out of the way ( and I hope I don't get bashed up for cutting up this book) let me say I have recently become an admirer of book sculpture and love just how it portraits a story jumping up off the pages.

I just love Nania and thought to try and recreate it. Hope I have done justice to it :-)

Step 1: Go Hunt for the Sacrifice

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Yes, first go hunting for the book. Hardcover is best

Next decide what you would like to recapture in your story.

Now gather your supplies.


precision/ craft knife



Led light


battery older with on off switch.

Step 2: Print Up

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I didn't want to cut up any Nania books so I googled images and printed it up.

I also drew some trees and printed it , so that I don't waste time tracing it.

I will upload the 2 types of tree I used and also the other images I got for the sculpture. I printed multiple images just in case i muck up :-)

I have uploaded the pdf files in case you want to try it out.

Step 3: Wiring Up!

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I wanted to light up the lamp. So first I cut up a slot in the book for the battery holder.I glued up the holder so that the opening will be at the bottom. That way, to change the battery you just bend back the back cover. I only kept a few pages over the battery holder, as It needed to balance out the other side of the book.

Now cut up a hole where the lamp is to be and pass up the wire through it and connected the led light.Test it.

Yay! it lights up :-)

Now make sure that you don't prick any holes where the battery holder is and just place the trees around it.

Step 4: The Lamp Post

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I have designed the lamp shade so that it can be folded. Cut it out and place an acetate sheet over. Mark and cut the shape and bend it to form the lampshade. now cover the edge with black strips. Now to make the post, roll up the paper in a tube shape. I took 4" long. Pass the led light through. Now wrap 1/8" strips where it appears in the image of the lamp post. I know, we can't get the exact, but we can try for perfection ...can't we?? :-)

For the top I rolled up this strips and layered it like paper quilling till I got the required shape. Now glue this on top of the shade.

Step 5: Making Lucy

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I cut up Lucy. Then I cut another part of Lucy . separating the top and skirt. I folded and glued only the top and side of the skirt on top of the first layer of Lucy.

Then I added the blouse..raising it up a a bit at the bottom to give a 3D effect.

Now glue up a wire at the back leavening a bit extended over.

Make a hole with the wire near the lamp post. Add glue to the end of Lucy's wire. Insert into the hole and then glue the palm of Lucy to the post.

Step 6: Cut Up Your Trees

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Place the printouts on some paper and cut it. I used both the scissor and the craft knife.

Once you have cut it out, glue a wire at the back. Later as you did for the girl, prick a hole on the place you want, add some glue to the wire and insert it into the book.

Step 7: Landscape

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To make a landscape I also crushed some paper and glued it to the page. For snow, I rolled up some thin strips of paper in an angle and cut off tiny pieces. I thin glued some parts of the lamp post and also the pages and sprinkled the snow on it.

Step 8: Light It Up!

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Now switch the light on and enjoy the book come to life!

I hope you liked my instructable and will find it worthy of your vote. I am in desperate need of your vote! So would really appreciate it!



Fathomlis (author)2017-04-14

Congrats on winning the papercreft contest! So awesome!

Crafty_Dragon (author)2017-04-13

At first I was horrified that you did that to a book but I can see your point. I would rather a dead book go into art then just get trashed. Also great job on winning!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2017-04-09

Wow... Wow... Wow Congratulations on winning the Grand :). Great Job Done

Cris DIY (author)2017-04-06

congrats on winning the Papercraft contest! Well deserved! :)

shazni (author)Cris DIY2017-04-06

Thanks you so much! I am stunned that i have won the Grand Prize !!!!

Cris DIY (author)shazni2017-04-06

super nice work! you deserved it! :)

Mad Props (author)2017-04-06

Congrats on the Grand Prize! Awesome artwork.

shazni (author)Mad Props2017-04-06

Thank you so much! love your stuff . Your props look so real! I help my kids school with props...but never have we gone so far to make it so realistic looking!

Modern Rustic Workshop (author)2017-04-05

Congrats! I love the ground texture and coverage. If I were to do mine again I would have absolutely added that, plus maybe a light or two in the tower. Unfortunately school deadlines didn't comply, but they look absolutely fantastic in your piece! Again, awesome work!

Thanks! It's great that you won the Grand Prize too!

Fuzzy Monkey (author)2017-03-30

Love it! I understand the difficulty cutting up books. I have not yet been able to. Gotta go hunting in the basement!

shazni (author)Fuzzy Monkey2017-04-01

lol...good luck!

gnat1 (author)2017-03-30

Gotta add Mr. Tumnus!


shazni (author)gnat12017-04-01

Oh...this is the scran just before she sees him. But ..yes...if I can find a nice image of him with the umbrella? ?? :-)

iteddyirshard (author)2017-03-29


shazni (author)iteddyirshard2017-03-29

Thanks for the support!

ClareBS (author)2017-03-28


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dbenedetto (author)2017-03-28

Nice. Any way you could make this a pop-up?

shazni (author)dbenedetto2017-03-28 can...though.the lamp will have to be made flat instead of 3D. You can use the same printed lamp images i have upladed.

NatalieS36 (author)2017-03-28

Awesome !

shazni (author)NatalieS362017-03-28

Thank you!!!!

DorlisG (author)2017-03-28

Beautiful, I love it! Add one vote

shazni (author)DorlisG2017-03-28

Thanks loads!

Azahrens (author)2017-03-28

Brilliant! Immediately brought the idea of lightly coloring the text with alcohol inks to make monsters or knights or any number of things coming out of children's books. You definitely have my thanks and my vote! ?

shazni (author)Azahrens2017-03-28

Thank YOU!

I can just imagine. ..dark monsters.. creeping behind trees...while knights sit on their horses. ..with a beautiful damsel in their arms?? ;-)

angelab218 (author)2017-03-28

Bello e pieno di suggestioni.sei stata molto brava.mi piacerebbe provarci

shazni (author)angelab2182017-03-28

Grazie per il bel complimento. Si prega di provare it..would amano vederlo!

Yonatan24 (author)2017-03-28

Wow! Voted!

shazni (author)Yonatan242017-03-28

Thanks! love the vote ;-)

786Ayesha (author)2017-03-28

Love this.Voted

shazni (author)786Ayesha2017-03-28

Thanks! Really appreciate the vote :-)

AmyLuthien (author)2017-03-28

What a fantastic way to breath life back into a dying book!

shazni (author)AmyLuthien2017-03-28

Thank you! Exactly...and I didn't feel guilty at cutting up at all as it was on it's way to the recycling bin.

Oncer (author)2017-03-28

Love this and voted for.

One word of caution - you might want to include a resistor with the LED to protect it from over current.

And some books are for cutting up - ghosted celeb autobiographies, cookery books aimed at slimmers (Slimming is for losers! Er... quite) and anything by Jeffery Archer.

shazni (author) Oncer2017-03-28

Thanks for the vote!

Love your slimming comment! lol ..and I totally agree . The anorexia look is so out! People need some flesh to hold on to!

billbillt (author)2017-03-28


shazni (author)billbillt2017-03-28

THANKS!!!! :-D

gcortright (author)2017-03-28

Great job. It came out beautiful and is very inspiring.

shazni (author)gcortright2017-03-28

Thanks for your kind comment

panakanic (author)2017-03-28

This is so gorgeous! It evokes the same feeling I had, as a little kid, looking into the peephole of a sugar Easter egg, that feeling of magic!

shazni (author)panakanic2017-03-28

Thank you soooo much! Your comment makes me so happy! That is exactly the feeling i want to evoke! The feeling of magic about to happen :-)

Hodgen (author)2017-03-28

Lovely. I am going to try it. What an amazing work of art.

shazni (author)Hodgen2017-03-28

Thanks! so looking forward to seeing you version too!

Moveforward52 (author)2017-03-28

Great concept! Love love very this! You didn't give us instructions on how to put the battery in the book. I guess you just cut out an area for it to drop into, but then how many pieces of paper do you put on top of it? You would have to put enough paper on top so you can have a place to anchor the trees. Are the pages of the book glued together? Thanjs

AmyLuthien (author)Moveforward522017-03-28

Look on the third page, the instructions for installing the battery are there.

shazni (author)AmyLuthien2017-03-28

Thanks for informing...yes the instructions are there. However looks like more info would be required, so I have updated it! Thanks for pointing it out :-)

sunshiine (author)2017-03-27

Beautiful~ love it!


shazni (author)sunshiine2017-03-28

Thank you dear sunshiine's been ages ☺

4DIYers (author)2017-03-27


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