Five Ways To Upcycle Colouring Books

I'm loving the current adult colouring trend... but once I'm done a page, I kinda think to myself now what? I'm not likely to display my colouring on the fridge and leaving it to gather dust on a shelf seems a bit of a waste, so I decide to dream up some different ways to use completed colouring pages for even more creative enjoyment.

Here are five ways to transform your finished colouring books:

Upcycled Wrapping

Make Wrapping Paper 
Have a colouring book with thinner pages? Use your completed pages to wrap small gifts - one of a kind gift wrap in your favourite colours. Top with twine or ribbon or keep the upcycling trend going and use up scraps of yarn or fabric in place of ribbon.

Make Gift Tags 
This is actually the project that got me thinking about crafting with colouring books. I was wrapping up some books to send out to giveaway winners and friends and wanted to add a finishing touch that tied into the books. Eureka - tags made from colouring book pages!

When making tags, try to use to use thicker pages and avoid ones where markers have bled through. Simply cut your page into a standard tag shape and punch a hole. Easy!

Upcycled Celebrations

Make Confetti
Use paper punches to create colouring book confetti. Sprinkle your custom confetti on party tables, add to gifts or slide into outgoing snail mail.

Everyone loves confetti! (Though no one likes cleaning it up...)

Make A Garland
Punch circles or other desired shapes from the colouring book page. Cut a length of twine or string. Apply glue to the blank sides of two circles and stick together with the twine sandwiched in between. Continue until your garland is as long as you'd like.

Upcycled Art

Make Collages
Create cut paper collages using colouring book pages. Cut a variety of shapes out of your finished pages and assemble into new pictures. Try mixing pages from different books together or add drawn or painted elements.

In case you're wondering, here are the colouring books I used in these projects. Joyful Designs by Joy Ting - perfect when you're in the mood for florals. Colour Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter - full of mandalas and other relaxing scenes. Carnival by Sarah Walsh - quirky scenes and a festive fun!

Happy crafting!

Would you try any of these projects to give your finished colouring pages a new life? 
Do you have any other project ideas using colouring books?

Ultimate Origami For Beginners Review

Knowing my love for both books and paper craft, Tuttle offered to send over a new origami kit to review. But, since Ultimate Origami For Beginners is geared towards those just getting into origami and/or kids, I decided to ask my 9-year-old niece who loves all thing arts & crafty to review it instead. Nothing like a little delegation, right?

Alice folded while her mum snapped pictures and here's what they thought:

The Ultimate Origami For Beginners kit by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander includes a small book with 19 origami projects, instructional DVD and 62 pieces of origami paper in a variety of colours and sizes. There's even special paper that looks like real money!

The kit features an interesting collection of paper folding designs. Rather than just the typical origami models repackaged, the book has unique designs that they hadn't seen before.

The assortment of projects and papers is both colourful and gender neutral which is always a nice combo. How cute are those dogs?!

The projects are geared towards beginners but not necessarily children. The kit actually includes a wide range of difficulty.

Alice was most excited to try the projects which used the special money paper. However, those origami models were too challenging and her mum ended up having to make them with help from the video instructions.

When the book instructions were difficult to follow, they watched the videos on the included DVD. The videos are excellent and really helpful if you find the instructions confusing (anyone who has tried origami can understand the frustration that is trying to decipher origami diagrams!) However, as CD drives on computers are pretty rare these days and most people won't want to fuss with a getting their DVD player set up to watch origami instructions, a Youtube channel or other source of online videos would be a fantastic alternative to the DVD.

Overall, Alice enjoyed the Ultimate Origami for Beginners kit and felt that she would buy it for a friend who likes a challenge. Her mum liked that it was gender neutral and thought the price point was right on. (Bonus, it's currently on sale!)

And I think they did a great job of folding and reviewing this kit! Thank you!

All photos courtesy of Alexis Edghill.

Spring Is For Sakura Lovers

While your Instagram feed is filled with cherry blossoms (and plum blossoms, peach blossoms, apple blossoms...) but the world outside your window isn't quite there yet, it's time to make your own!

Kirigami flowers are my favourite and are lovely tied onto a present, strung into a garland or simply admired. Find templates for four blossom styles here.

And get inspired to try even more ruffly pink varieties here.

Happy crafting!