13 September, 2012
Quoth the Raven...Vintage Book and Candle Covers
Baby Kitty was excited when he found out that this project will involve a favorite of his…birds! However, he was disappointed to learn that these are faux…although this one looks pretty real from this angle, huh? All you need is a candle holder (mine came from Dollar Tree), black construction paper, access to a printer and some jute twine. My “raven” is actually a crow from Dollar Tree.
First, I created this book/candle cover by taking a portion of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven and superimposing the stock silhouette of a raven on it. I printed it at 8 x 10 size and aged it with the same method I used for my vintage fairy tale book covers explained in detail here. It only takes a few moments and your leftover morning coffee. I made two…one at a time…so I had one for both my candle and my book covers.
Next, I printed a little quote from the poem and glued it to a tag that I had cut from black construction paper…ready to be tied to the finished book or candle.
Finally, it was just a simple matter of cutting the cover to fit and attaching with tape on the inside (in the case of the book) or on the back (in the case of the candle). The book cover is the perfect fit for an old paperback!
I trimmed the candle cover a little imperfectly so that it would have more of a vintage look. The addition of the little tag finishes them off. If you like, you could distress the tags as well, but I like the contrast. I also added a crow’s feather that I found in my yard…a souvenir of a visit of a murder of crows several days ago. Don’t you love that word…a murder for a flock of crows? Perfect for Halloween!
And there you have my literary Halloween decorations! And best of all...they were free since I already had everything I needed! I am sure you will be seeing more of them and more of my other raven-themed projects in the coming weeks! What about you? Have you started any Halloween projects yet?
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my project! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday
Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Sand and Sisal for the Countdown to Fall Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for the Easy Fall Decor Party
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Stone Gable for Tutorials. Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!