Naturally Decorated Photo Album

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

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Fall Elements Album CoverEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 CoverEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 AlbumEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 CoverEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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