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This year at school my son is in the Environmental Club and one of the first things that they did was to make a Journal. This journal was made out of items you can find around your house and I thought you all would like to see how it's done.
You will need the following items:
Cardboard (two empty cereal boxes work great)
Ruler (but it's not necessary)
Glue or Double Sided Tape
About 20 pieces of Blank Paper
Lightweight fabric or a Brown Paper Bag
Fold a piece of paper in half. Cut two pieces of cardboard slightly bigger than your half piece of paper. You can use a ruler or eye it. (see picture)
Lay down your fabric or paper bag under the cardboard and cut it about 2" larger than the cardboard. **IMPORTANT** Leave a gap between the 2 pieces of cardboard. If you don't your journal will not be able to close.
Glue or tape your cardboard to the fabric/paper bag. Then you will glue/tape the edges up on the bottom and top followed by doing the same to the sides. (see picture)
Now you will need to cut a piece of fabric or paper bag to fit just inside of the journal. Once it is cut out it is ready to glue or tape down. You have now finished the outside of your journal.
Now we are going to turn the plastic gab into a rope while your book dries (if you used glue).
Cut the plastic bag from the bottom up and cutting off the handles. You will then cut the middle part into two strips. (see pictures)
Tie the two long strips together. Now have someone or something hold the knot in place while you do the rest of the work. Twist both pieces individually to the right. Then twist them together to the left. This makes a good strong rope. Now it is time to put your journal together. Get your 20 or so pieces of paper, fold them in half, lay them in the middle of your journal and then tie your new rope around it. If you used a paper bag now is the time to decorate away. There you go...A recycled journal!
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