Naturally Decorated Photo Album

Although this decorated cover will always be delicate, it turns an ordinary-looking album into a beautiful, personalized gift.

Fall Elements Album Cover

Fall Elements Album Cover

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

For this project, choose a photo album or a large notebook with a neutral cloth or cardstock cover and good-quality, thick paper. Gather leaves as they start to turn rich, fall colors and look for interesting seed heads, grasses and other natural materials. To dry these materials, arrange them in a single layer between sheets of newspaper under a mat or piece of carpet, or place a couple of heavy books on top.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 photo album
  • variety of natural materials dried flat
  • eco-friendly adhesive glue

Step 1

When your natural materials are all flattened and thoroughly dried, glue a row of seed heads or leaves along the top of the front cover.

Leaves Used as Photo Album Cover

Leaves Used as Photo Album Cover

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

For each subsequent row, glue on materials that are roughly the same size in a pattern. Overlap or alternate some materials.

Overlapping Leaves on Photo Album

Overlapping Leaves on Photo Album

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Continue to build up the pattern by gluing on rows of colored leaves, grasses and twigs until the front cover is completely filled up.

Leaf-Decorated Notebook Cover

Leaf-Decorated Notebook Cover

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Leave the glued materials to dry, then cover the book carefully in several layers of tissue paper before gift-wrapping it in a recycled box.

Tip: Reserve any sheets of tissue paper that are wrapped around goods you buy or receive and, using an iron on a low setting, iron out the creases. Use the tissue paper to cover and protect delicate items like this album cover when not in use.

Allow Glued Materials To Dry On Photo Album Cover

Allow Glued Materials To Dry On Photo Album Cover

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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