The kids just had to read those books over the summer.
And they just had to read their own copies - not the ones that you got from the library*, Mo-omm! You are so uncool!
And now that school's starting again... your kids would rather sit two hours in a spike-lined coffin than look at those books again.
So what to do with all these books? Full of... paper?
Did someone say... "Paper Steampunk Top Hat?"
I thought so.
*Note: The books used in this craft were, in fact, library books that were taken out of circulation due to damage. I always encourage you to pre-love any books used for craft projects.
1 book (I used Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling & the decorations came from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik)
small craft blade
scrapbooking glue (because it had a handy dual applicator, but probably could have used craft glue)
pencil with eraser
stain (black tea and some spray stuff from the craft store)
For optional decorations:
crepe paper streamers
2 metal paper fasteners, aka "brads"
20-gage floral wire, gold
wire cutter with rounded plier end (to shape wire)