Weave a Photo Journal Cover

Recycle colorful photos by arranging them into an easy basket weave cover.


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Crafter Vivian Peritts of Marietta, Ga., demonstrates how to make a woven journal or book cover from an old photo.

Materials Needed:

  • 6" x 6" spiral bound memory book
  • 8 1/2" x 10" photos
  • paper shredder
  • KeepAMemory double-sided adhesive sheet
  • scissors
  • mat knife
  • mat
  • DMC #5 cotton perle yarns: white, black, gray
  • beads
  • tape

Step 1

Shred photo in the longest direction, so that 8-1/2" x 10" photos give you 10-inch strips approximately 1/4-inch wide.



Steps 2 and 3

Arrange enough strips face up to cover an 8-1/2-inch area on a flat surface. Arrange the sides of the strips next to each other to form a new sheet. Tape the top of the strip edges to a flat surface.

Shred the second photo in the shortest direction (giving you 8-1/2-inch strips).



Steps 4 and 5

Starting next to the tape, begin weaving the short strips over and under the taped longer strips. Push rows up tight next to the previous strips.

When all of the strips are tightly woven, remove the taped end from the flat surface and turn the woven piece right side facing down. Apply the double-sided adhesive to the backside of the woven piece.



Steps 6 and 7

Remove the front cover from the booklet. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive sheet. Center the book cover face down on the adhesive side of the woven piece.

Place the book cover holes flush with the woven edge. Cut the woven piece to size. Punch holes through the book cover’s existing holes.



Step 8

Trim the corners on the other side of the cover. Fold under the three remaining edges. Glue down strips that are not secured by the adhesive.



Steps 9 and 10

Cut a piece of heavy card stock the size of the book cover. Glue card stock to the inside to cover the raw edges.

Punch holes in the card stock liner. Reinstall the book cover onto the book.



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